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Open House a huge success

By Staff | Apr 4, 2014

The annual spring Open House at Jefferson County Parks and Recreation was a huge success according to Jennifer Myers, executive director.

“We had a steady crowd all day,” Myers said. “We enrolled a lot of kids in programs from our new spring/summer program guide.”

A bit of rain and forecasts for continued wet weather had many families looking for an indoor activity so they headed over to Sam Michael’s Park where children could experience introductions to many of the department’s course offerings.

Gymnastics mats were set up on the gymnasium and instructors were on hand to explain the variety of levels offered. The same was true for dance classes as instructors shared with parents exactly what their children could learn in a Parks and Rec class.

In addition to checking out the upcoming program possibilities, children enjoyed time in the moon bounces and had their faces painted. Many sported balloon animal hats and swords after their visit to the clown and his helper.

Bakerton Fire Department visited the center, bringing a fire engine to show to attendees between showers. Chief Josh Smith shared that his company, first due station for the Sam Michael’s facility, enjoys participating during activities hosted by the Parks and Rec. It gives exposure to the fire company and the rec center.

Myers explained that there are programs for every age and every level available in the spring and summer session. The program guide, available online at www.jcprc.org, lists everything from the standard swimming and gymnastics to karate, yoga, fitness programs and more. Children’s programs cover everything from summer art to storybook adventures and kids in the kitchen. Sports for all ages are available in the upcoming season with multiple camps available for summer.

The Parks and Recreation summer camp sessions offer something for children to do during the summer months. Held at three different locations, Morgan’s Grove Park, Sam Michael’s Park and Wright Denny Intermediate School, the camps provide educational activities as well as field trips and more. Other summer camp experiences include outdoor adventure camps in partnership with River Riders and puppetry, painting and other art camps.

Special events such as bus trips to Washington, D.C. and New York City are also part of the offering. One-day activities include Breakfast with Peter Cottontail coming up on Apr. 19 as well as the July 4th celebration with fireworks at Sam Michael’s to be held July 5. The popular fishing derby held at the Izaak Walton Club in Leetown is scheduled for June 7.

Whatever the interest, the parks and rec offers something for everyone, Myers said. She indicated that registration for the spring and summer programs is currently underway. It can be done online at www.jcprc.org or by calling 304-728-3207 or stopping in at the Community Center at Sam Michael’s Park.