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Fun, opportunities abound with parks and rec

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The weather is warming up, and spring is just around the corner. Warm weather means more opportunities to get outside and discover all that Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation has to offer the community. Registration for summer programs and seasonal job opportunities are here.

Our youth programs give individuals the opportunity to try out and learn a new skill and get their bodies moving. The current summer programs are as followed:

• Summer gymnastic classes: A seven-week program for ages three and up. Classes will begin the week of June 6 and run through the last week of July. Participants will learn to use the spring floor, balance beams and uneven bars. Registration will begin May 9. Class fees range from $50-$65. Classes take place at the Crawfordsville Community Center.

• Gymnastics private lessons: Four 30-minute sessions. Whether you need to perfect a cartwheel or work on your back tuck, one of our instructors can help you. Private lessons can be for anyone whose skill level ranges from beginner to advanced, and a one-on-one lesson helps those who need individual attention to overcome specific challenges. Classes are $75 for individual participants, $55 per participant for buddy sessions and $50 per participant for trios. Classes take place at the Crawfordsville Community Center.

• Swimming lessons: The Parks and Recreation Department will offer two, two-week swim lessons for children aged four and up this summer starting on June 20 and July 21. Classes teach skills ranging from water adjustment and flotation to locomotion, stroke development and water safety. Lessons are $40 per session, and registration will begin May 2.

• Adult softball league: This summer we will offer both men’s and women’s league softball. The men’s league informational meeting will be April 26 and the women’s league informational meeting will be May 10 at the Crawfordsville Community Center at 7 p.m. The meetings will be to discuss team fees, league schedule and sponsorship recommendations. Team rosters and league fees will be due May 3 for the men’s league and May 17 for the women’s league.

Summertime also means time to break out your swimsuits and cool off in the Milligan Park Pool and Splash Pad. The summer hours for the pool will be noon to 6 p.m. daily from May 28 to Aug. 2, and hours are extended to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. If you are wanting to rent out the pool for your summer birthday or sports team party, we have you covered. The pool is available for private rental on a first-come, first-serve basis for $70 per hour with a two-hour minimum rental.

Another summer favorite for Crawfordsville residents is the Farmers’ Market beginning the first Saturday of May from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the last Saturday of October. The first season of the farmers market began in 1993, with just a few farmers who asked to sell ears of corn up at the courthouse. Since then, the market has grown with each passing season and now accommodates up to 40 market stalls that host a wide variety of local vendors. The market has expanded over the years to include themed community and family events, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, food trucks, and live music. It is an event you don’t want to miss.

All of these wonderful programs and events mean that we need qualified individuals to help make them happen. Seasonal job opportunities are available for girls’ softball umpires, lifeguards, pool admissions concessions cashiers, pool concessions manager, and the Farmers’ Market manager. Anyone interested in these positions can apply at the parks and recreation office at 922 E. South Blvd. Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or through the Parks and Recreation page on the City of Crawfordsville’s website at www.crawfordsville.net.

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