The Washoe County School District's new calendar calls for a week-long fall break, much like the respite area students get in the spring. The new week-long hiatus is scheduled for Oct. 14-18. When Parks and Rec. staff learned about the fall break, they immediately began planning for the needs of local families.
"This will be good," said Cindy Brantener, a Recreation Specialist for Sparks Parks and Rec. "We want to add services. With the entire district on one schedule, there will be a lot kids out of school. Hopefully, we can introduce new kids and families to our facilities and services."
Brantener alluded to a 'Dig It' volleyball camp that will be held at the Alf Sorensen Community Center in east Sparks. That event will be aimed at teaching beginning girls the skills of volleyball and improving the skill set of intermediate players. Specific details will be released next month when the city mails out its Fall/Winter Activity Guide.
Additionally, Sparks Parks and Rec. is offering a tennis camp. It will run from Monday, Oct. 14 through Thursday, Oct. 17. Two hour-long classes will be offered each night. The first will start at 4 p.m. and the second at 5 p.m. The camp is aimed at children ages 6 to 12 and has a registration fee of $38.
Long-time local instructor Mark Humes, a United States Professional Tennis Association certified teacher, will be overseeing the camp.
"The fall break will be similar to winter break," Brantener said. "It's not necessarily a normal time for parents to schedule a vacation. So, if kids are not going out of town, we want to give them something to do during the day."
Brantener added that Al Sorensen's indoor pool will have open 'free swim' hours during the week of fall break, much like it boasts during the summer.
Parks and Rec. staff often sees an uptick in signups for programming in mid-to-late September after the new Activity Guide hits the mailboxes of family homes.
"Signups are usually slow the first weeks back to school," she said. "Then people settle in, get the new guide and they pick up again."
For more information on Sparks Parks Recreation services, you can check out the agency's website at: www.cityofsparks.us/parks_and_rec.