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by Aaron Retherford
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Tribune file photo - Isabel Kaplan hits a forehand during a tennis lesson last summer at Pah Rah Park. The lesson was offered through the Sparks Parks and recreation Department.
Tribune file photo - Isabel Kaplan hits a forehand during a tennis lesson last summer at Pah Rah Park. The lesson was offered through the Sparks Parks and recreation Department.
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The City of Sparks Parks & Recreation Department recently sent out its spring/summer activity guide. To the people of Parks & Rec, this signifies the start of spring. To many Sparks residents, it means it’s time to figure out what to do in the coming months.

The activity guide offers a bevy of activities for kids to adults.

“There is just a broad range of activities for all ages and abilities,” Andre Stigall, Recreation Supervisor for the Sparks Parks & Rec Department said. “It’s year round, but obviously with the summer, there are a lot of great outdoor options for families and individuals as well.”

One of the newer activities is a swim lesson program that was launched last October. Stigall said that will be in full swing for the spring/summer season. Swimmers will not only be able to use the Alf Sorensen pool, but the Deer Park pool will be open this summer as well for outdoor swim lessons.

Deer Park will also host $1 Fridays for kids to go swimming.

Another popular choice is the Kids Out-of-School Programs. The Spring Vacation Fun program is coming up next month during the Washoe County School District’s spring break.

During the five-day (April 8-12) program, kindergarteners to sixth graders will participate in all-day activities such as organized games, arts and crafts, and field trips. All of which are included in the registration fee of $144 or $120 for Sparks residents. Kids can also pick individual days to attend with a drop-in cost of $43 or $36 for residents per day.

During summer vacation, the Summer Outburst program caters to first to seventh graders with nine different sessions.

A nice way for seniors to stay active is through golf lessons put on by Sparks Parks & Rec. There are adult classes as well as mixed classes that allow children to learn the game together with a parent or grandparent.

There are several volleyball programs for girls, including team camps. There will be a Dig It Girls Volleyball Spring Break Mini Camp from April 9-11. Girls in third to eighth grade are welcome to attend. They then can continue on throughout the summer in a number of different volleyball programs.

Stigall said everything the department wanted to offer was included in this year’s activity guide.

“We’re excited about what we’re offering. Our youth sports alone, there are so many options available for our area’s youths,” she said. “We were able to fit in what we were hoping to offer.”

It hasn’t been easy for the Sparks Parks & Rec Department over the past few years due to the economic downturn. But looking at the guide and all the activities, it’s hard to tell. Plus, there are youth scholarships available for kids who normally couldn’t financially participate in a program.

“We’ve certainly faced a number of challenges and continue to evaluate what we’re offering and efficient ways to offer programming,” Stigall said. “We’ll certainly continue down that path. We have some strong, long-standing programs that seem to be always well-received by the community. We’ve had generations of kids who have gone through these programs, who now have their own families and are now taking part in these programs.”
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