Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2007

Deadline Friday for fall rec activities

August 23, 2007

Even as he plans for a full slate of fall activities, Justin Huslig can't help but reflect on the current string of days filled with heat and sunshine.

That is the type of days that build swimming pool attendance and they were in short supply in the late spring and early summer. The De Soto recreation director knows cooler than normal and damp weather persisting through much of the early season -- even the weekend before the Fourth of July when many special events were planned -- hurt attendance.

Although final numbers haven't been compiled for the pool, Huslig said attendance would be down in comparison to last year's opening season blessed with many ideal pool days.

Should the current heat spell linger, the pool could rebound in its final two weekends. The pool will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. this Saturday and Sept.1 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 2, Huslig said. As last year, the pool will close with annual pooch pool party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 3. That day, residents are invited to bring their dogs to the pool for a dip.

But with the pool closed on weekdays, city recreation activities are taking a short break before starting up again with fall activities. But early next month, a new season will start with the return of popular mainstays and new offerings, Huslig said.

The deadline to register for the activities is Friday. A $10 late fee will be added to those missing the deadline and in some cases classes or leagues may be filled, Huslig said.

Applications can be found at City Hall, 32902 W. 84th St., or at the city's Web site, desotoks.us.

Back again are the popular adult co-ed volleyball leagues. Team fees are $100. Competition starts Sept. 10.

Huslig said the city would add a youth volleyball league this year for those in the third to sixth grade. Team fees also are $100. The youth league will start Sept. 11.

The parks and recreation department has purchased a boxing speed bag, body bag, aerobic weights and weight care to enhance fitness classes offered by Kim Adkins, Huslig said.

New fitness classes that will make use of the equipment include cardio-fun, with a focus on intervals, kick boxing and hi-low aerobics; power pump, a weight program designed improve cardio-vascular function and musculature; and fusion, which incorporates cardio-vascular workouts, strength training, sports conditioning and core training. A cardio step and seniors class will also be offered.

In addition, Adkins will continue to offer her yoga/pilates class. Eight-week class sessions start Sept. 10. The cost is $32 per class but discounted rates are available for those taking more than one class.

Finally, Tauna Hill Keltner of Hill-Top Dance and Theatre Arts Center is returning to provide dance and tumbling classes at the Community Center for youngsters 3 to 9 years of age. Dance styles taught include tap, jazz, ballot with a special hip-hop class. The cost is $60.

More details on the fitness and dance classes can be found on the city's Web site.

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