2010-10-28 / News

Recreation Report

By Bill Piva
As another busy recreational summer season ends, I’d like to update you on our fall and winter happenings.

Starting this week, our popular open-recreation for students in fourth through sixth grades begins. This program was in place when I was a young person running around the recreation center and I’m glad we’re able to continue to provide this activity.

Our programs are broken down into several categories. We have youth sports, adult activities and rolling exercise programs. We are especially excited to be able to offer new yoga programs that involve young children and parents/ grandparents working out together. This new program has been wellreceived so far and we hope to continue with these great instructors. We’re also lucky to have extremely talented and dedicated instructors for our other exercise classes and I hope you consider giving them a try at the Country Club building.

Although my department is a small but resourceful group, it is our mission to provide residents and visitors of Jamestown with safe and accessible recreational opportunities. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life in Jamestown by offering active and passive recreation programs in a clean, safe and appealing environment. This is accomplished through cooperation between the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department and various local community groups and individual volunteers. The recreation department recognizes the vital role of its employees in the delivery of recreational services. To that end, I’ve implemented a team approach that encourages employee involvement in problem solving, program and project planning, and training opportunities and I have to once again thank them here for the extra, behind the scenes work they do for the community.

This Sunday we’re excited to once again host our Jack O’Lantern Jog 5K road race. If you are interested in this run/walk, register at www.needtorace.com. Jill Goldstein has done a great job in organizing this event and our generous sponsors will be prominently displayed on the race t-shirts.

Other programs offered by the Recreation Department for youth are recreational volleyball and instructional basketball for grades K-8. Also, for adults, we offer Over-35 basketball, Over-40 soccer, Open adult soccer and recreational volleyball and many diverse exercise classes at the Country Club. Please check our web-site for dates, locations and registration forms of all of our events.

As reported in the Press and mentioned in the Walrus, the Jamestown Community Theatre has a presentation scheduled for November. We’re happy to be able to continue this long-standing recreation program so please purchase your tickets and support our group of community performers.

Over at the Teen Center side of the building, there’s a lot happening. This Saturday is a Halloween dance and toy drive. Teens that attend with a new and unwrapped toy will get half-price on admission, and the toys will go to Hasbro’s Children Hospital. The Teen Center is part of many partnerships and collaborations in Jamestown and throughout Newport County including the Jamestown Prevention Coalition, Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown Historical Society, Senior Center, Friends of Jamestown Youth and iNCASE (Newport County After School Excitement). Educational, leadership and community service opportunities are available for all Teen Center participants. Numerous off-island trips are offered for college visits and recreation.

The Jamestown Teen Center offered 24 hours per week of dropin open hours over the summer months seeing a total of 211 teens with as many as 36 visitors per day. The Teen Center offers 26 hours of drop-in center time per week during the school year. Currently for the 2010 school-year there have been 191 teens with as many as 42 visitors per day.

I would like to thank Jeff Mc- Donough for providing space in the Press to address the community about recreational activities. As recreation is so important to many of our residents, I hope to be able to regularly update you with the goings on of our small, but dedicated Recreation staff.

For registration forms please visit www.jamestownri.net/rec/programs or visit us at the Recreation Center at 41 Conanicus Avenue. For more information, please contact me at 423-7266 or Program Supervisor Jill Goldstein at 423-7260.

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