PARKS AND RECREATION GUIDE: View the Parks and Recreation Guide at www.cityoflaramie.org/parksandrec or like Parks and Recreation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/laramie.parksandrecreation) for the latest events and updates, as well as a variety of forms and applications. Parks and Recreation shares useful information and news on its Facebook page. Call 721-5269 for more information on Parks and Recreation news.
NOTIFY ME: Go to www.cityoflaramie.org/notifyme and click on Parks & Rec to sign up for automatic notifications, which can be sent via text or email, to stay informed about recreation center facility schedules and closures.
FITNESS BENEFIT: Core fitness drop-in classes are now a part of a membership. There is no need to pay extra for a regular drop-in class with a one-month, month-to-month or annual membership. Specialty fitness classes will still be available at an additional charge, and drop-in fitness is available for $8 to non-members.
RENT THE RECREATION CENTER: The recreation center has three meeting rooms for a family get together or a board meeting. Visitors can also rent the gymnasiums, fitness rooms or a pool for their next party. Call the recreation center or stop by to see the facilities.
DROP-IN PICKLEBALL: This game incorporates aspects of tennis, ping pong and badminton. Drop-in is from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon-2 p.m. Sundays. The atmosphere is set up as a place for beginners and experts alike. A membership or day pass is required to play. All equipment is provided and can be set up at other times if requested. Pickleball clinics are from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 31. Registration is $25. Drop-in pickleball is from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 26.
Competitive Pickleball: Local pickleball tournaments are from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays through April 26. Intermediate to advanced players will gather and play mini tournaments within their skill divisions.
Basketball League: Men’s and women’s basketball leagues are available. Call 721-5269 or email email@example.com for more information.
REGISTER NOW: SACC is an enrichment program that provides a safe, supervised after-school environment where K-6 youth are inspired to learn. Activities include theme-based clubs, recreational sports such as swimming and ice skating, homework and tutoring, indoor and outdoor free time and a healthy snack. Students from all Laramie elementary schools are bused to the recreation center by Albany County School District No. 1 school buses. Fees are based on a sliding-fee scale and are due before the fifth of each month for the upcoming month. Fees are $5.50, $9 or $16 per day or $26, $42 or $75 per week. To be considered for the sliding-fee scale, participants must provide proof of income and a statement of household size at the time of submitting the enrollment form. If paid after the fifth of the month, fees are slightly higher. Schedules are set at the beginning of each semester on a weekly basis, and a $20 fee will be assessed for each change made after initial registration. This is a first-come, first-served enrollment process, with a limit of 60 children per day. Pick up an enrollment form at the front desk of the Laramie Community Recreation Center or complete and print the registration form at www.cityoflaramie.org to register for SACC.
ACSD NO. 1 STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS: In addition to the daily after-school program, SACC will be in operation at the Laramie Community Recreation Center for the following days, designated by ACSD No. 1 as staff development and parent/teacher conference days. Pre-registration is required for each of these days and enrollments are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. These additional fees must be paid at the time of registration: $16 for half-days and $32 for full days. Full days covered by SACC are Jan. 15 and April 2. Half days covered by SACC are Friday, and Feb. 19, March 23, April 3 and May 25.
DROP-IN CHILD CARE WHILE YOU WORK OUT: Drop-in child care started back up with a partnership through the Laramie Early Learning Cooperative. Care will be offered for children ages 1-5 Mondays-Thursdays. Sessions are at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. The cost is $3.50 per hourly session for the first child in a family, and additional children are admitted for $2 per hour per child. Call Laura at 721-5290 for more information.
Weight Room Orientation: Those new to the Laramie Community Recreation Center, intimidated or unsure about how to use all the equipment or who want expert advice from experienced fitness staff can stop in for an orientation to the weight room, equipment and group fitness courses. Staff will cover proper lifting techniques and weight room etiquette. Sign-up at the front desk. This orientation is for ages 12 and older. The next orientation is from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Feb. 17.
First Friday Fun Night: Join the recreation center from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 for fun in the pool and lazy river, inflatables in the gym, pickleball, basketball and lots of fun games. This event is for ages 6 months and older and is free with a membership or day pass. All age-related recreation center and pool rules apply.
RECREATION CENTER LOCKER ROOMS TO CLOSE DAILY FOR CLEANING: Because of heavy usage, the locker rooms at the recreation center will be closed daily so staff can perform light cleaning and restocking of supplies. The men’s locker room will be closed from 1:30-1:50 p.m., and the women’s locker room will be closed from 1:55-2:15 p.m. Access to these rooms will restricted to only the retrieval of belongings during these closures.
PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS: For those who never learned how to swim, or need to improve or learn new strokes, private lessons are the way to go. Customized to specific skill sets, private lessons can improve all aspects of swimming skills. Private lessons are available for all skill levels and can be set up to availability. Call 721-5263 for more information.
LEARN TO SWIM LESSONS: Children ages 6 months-1 year have the opportunity to take swim lessons of four or eight classes. Member discounts apply to the lessons. Call 721-5263 for more information.
MASTER SWIM: Participants can stay fit and improve their swimming skills. Masters Swim Club will help take participants’ swimming to a whole new level. Each class designed for specific needs and will help swimmers reach their best swimming level. The class is from 6-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through May 16 for ages 15-65 at the recreation center. This is free with a membership or day fitness pass.
INDOOR LEISURE POOL: The pool has water toys, slides and open swim times. The indoor leisure pool amenities are always available (except for swim lessons and water aerobics times). If they aren’t already on, they will be open on request.
Kayaking River Rafting: Get ready for the great outdoors. Take this time to keep kayaking and rafting skills sharp. This class is for anyone — beginners to advanced. Classes are from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Sundays through May 26 for ages 15 and older.
USFSA ICE SKATING: The Ice & Events Center is offering the USFSA curriculum this year for skating lessons. Lessons are moving from the ISI platform to the USFSA curriculum to offer a more expansive lesson plan to all guests. With any change, there will be questions, so participants are encouraged to ask. This change will ensure the best lessons available are offered to the Laramie community. Classes include figure skating, hockey and adult lessons. Because of the change, assessment day to make sure all skaters are in the classes best suited for them are planned. This will also make sure they don’t miss any fundamental skills needed to advance. This is the best time to come in and ask questions and learn about the program. All USFSA participants must pay a one-time USFSA membership fee of $12. Membership is valid for one year from date of purchase.
Snowplow Sam: Learn to skate at the Ice & Events Center. Registration will close Tuesday and Feb. 6 respectively, for weekday sessions and Jan. 13 for Saturday session. Try the online registration system. The class is from 5-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Feb. 1. There is an $48 fee. Participants are encouraged to wear long socks, warm clothes and gloves.
BASIC LEVELS: These levels are designed for skaters ages 6-18. This unit covers skaters new to the ice as well as experienced skaters. Skaters who are coming from the Snowplow Sam unit will begin at either Basic 2 or 3 after assessments.
HOCKEY LESSONS: These classes are designed not only for the beginner skater looking to move into LAHC, but also those hockey players looking to improve their skating skills. These classes are designed for a skaters ages 3-18. No sticks and pucks will be used, as this class will concentrate on skating skills. Registration will close Feb. 6 for weekday sessions and today for Saturday sessions. The class is from 5-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 6-March 1. There is an $48 fee. Participants are encouraged to wear long socks, warm clothes and gloves.
FITNESS: Come by any day of the week for fun class offerings, including water aerobics, XaBeat, Revolutions, Body Power or Hardcore TBT. There is sure to be a class that fits any schedule and fitness level. Go to www.cityoflaramie.org/fitness to view the current fitness schedule and check for holiday closures and cancellations.
RECREATION PARTY PACKAGES: Schedule a birthday party at the recreation center or Ice & Event Center. Party Packages are available for 1-3 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the recreation center, during public skate at the Ice & Event Center or by special reservation. Parties can be as economical as a room rental with 10 admissions or as involved as a pool, sports or inflatable party with a host. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about recreation center parties or email@example.com for parties at the Ice & Event Center. Parties must be scheduled at least 10 days in advance to provide adequate scheduling and planning time.
Parks: The Laramie River Greenbelt Trail section between Garfield and Curtis streets is closed for construction. WYDOT contractors will be working underneath the Snowy Range Road bridge to complete the implantation of erosion control related to the widening of the roadway bridge, realign a short portion of the trail and to evaluate and implement improved railing. The concrete and railing in this area had been previously damaged by high water and freeze-thaw action. No time frame for the completion is currently available as construction will be weather dependent.
The Laramie River Greenbelt trail south of Garfield Street including the south loop and the river bridge near Tri-Hydro that connects the path to West Laramie remains open and accessible. This connection when used in conjunction with the Garfield street foot bridge will also allow citizens an alternate route to access all areas of the city.
Another alternative route for those in the northern part of the city would be to use city streets to reach the intersection of Third and Curtis streets where they can access the Curtis greenbelt spur and use this route to cross the Union Pacific Railroad lines and the Laramie River. Access to West side and West Laramie would be gained by using Cedar Street and McCue streets respectively.
Crossing Snowy Range Road to avoid this trail section is dangerous and should not be attempted due to high vehicle speeds, steep grades and construction in the area. Greenbelt users are reminded that the Wyoming Territorial Prison Park property requires an annual fee for access and trespassing to avoid construction is not permitted.
Christmas trees can be disposed of at no charge at the city landfill. The wood mulch crib at LaBonte park has been permanently removed. Wood mulch is now available at the City Landfill and is free of charge. No dumping is allowed at the LaBonte site.
New bike racks are being installed downtown. This is the second phase to date. Staff have received approximately 43 racks and will be working to set them up as weather allows.
Staff will also be performing corrective pruning on small trees and shrubs. During this time, they will also be inspecting Park amenities and removing some of the garbage cans for winter maintenance.
Lake aerators and warm springs cause thin ice formation in otherwise strong ice sheets. As the weather starts to cool off and ice forms on LaBonte Lake and Huck Finn Pond, thin ice can cause injury and death. Visitors should be aware of the “Stay off Ice” signs in both locations and watch children and pets when in those areas.
Contact Scott Hunter at 721-5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Athletics: All athletic fields are closed to allow maintenance and repairs and to allow worn turf areas to rest and rejuvenate. Visitors are asked to respect closed area signs.
Dog owners should use the designated dog parks or the Depot Park off-leash area to exercise their dogs.
Greenhill Cemetery: Staff would like to ask that visitors to the cemetery not drive on areas not designated for traffic. It is a violation of the municipal code and the cemetery rules and regulations.
Beware of snow removal operations within the cemetery. ATVs and large equipment will be used in and around the cemetery when snow conditions exist. Be careful when driving down the side roads as drifting snow could be present at times.
Flowers and any items that do not meet the cemetery rules and regulations will be picked up in the spring. Those unfamiliar with the rules and regulations can go to the city of Laramie website, under Parks and Recreation, or call the office to get a copy of the regulations. Contact Cemetery Crew Leader Loni Wilson at 721-5268 or email@example.com for more information.
PT&R ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: The Parks, Tree and Recreation Advisory Board meeting is 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Laramie Community Recreation Center Front Conference Room. The meeting’s location is wheelchair accessible, and accessible parking spaces are available. Requests for special accommodations or interpretive services must be made 24 hours prior to this meeting. Call Inez at 721-3572 for more information.