PARKS AND RECREATION GUIDE: Find the current Parks and Recreation guide at www.cityoflaramie.org/parksandrec. Be sure to like Parks and Recreation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/laramie.parksandrecreation) for useful information and news. Call 721-5269 with questions regarding Parks and Recreation services.
NOTIFY ME: This service is a way to connect with the city of Laramie. Go to www.cityoflaramie.org/notifyme, sign up and choose the areas to receive automatic notifications about to stay informed about the Parks and Recreation Department or various other city items. Notifications can be sent via text or email.
MEMBERSHIPS FOR EVERYONE: The recreation center has memberships for all ages and life stages, with additional benefits available at no additional charge. There are core drop-in fitness classes, which are now a part of a membership. Memberships also provide discounts to many scheduled activities as well as access to events like pickleball or First Friday Fun Night at no additional charge. Go to www.cityoflaramie.org/membership for rates and details.
RENT THE RECREATION CENTER: The recreation center has three meeting rooms, perfect for anything from a family get-together to a board meeting. The public can rent the gymnasiums, fitness rooms or a pool for parties. Call or stop by to see the facilities.
PERSONAL TRAINERS: Those who want to improve their fitness and reach new goals for flexibility and strength can try a session with a personal trainer. The recreation center has five personal trainers available to help develop personal fitness plans and work toward fitness goals. Go to www.cityoflaramie.org/trainers for more information.
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW FOR LEARN TO SKATE SESSION 2
Snowplow Sam: These classes are designed for skaters ages 3-5. This unit gives the student room to grow as a skater, while considering their well-being and security. Building a lifetime of skating starts from the beginning. This class is designed to make sure participants have a great experience to get them to come back.
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 coming from the Snowplow Sam unit will begin at either Basic 2 or 3 after assessments.
Learn to Skate Hockey for Ages 3-16: This class is designed for the hockey skater with little to no experience. Upon completion of this level, some of the skills the skater will be able to execute will be proper hockey stance, two-foot glides, forward swizzles and double c-cuts. Once the skater masters these skills, they will be ready to transition into the Laramie Amateur Hockey Club Initiation Program. Classes are at the Ice & Event Center. Note: Registration closes the first day of each session. Participants are encouraged to wear long socks, warm clothes and gloves. There will be no class Nov. 20-25 for Thanksgiving break. Inquire at the front desk for more information.
Figure Skating and Speed Skating: The USFS curriculum will be offered through the High Altitude Skating Program. Classes in figure skating and speed skating will be offered Sundays. Go to parksandrec.cityoflaramie.org to register. Email Skate Director Tracy Malone at email@example.com for more information.
HALF-PRICE PUBLIC SKATE: Visitors can enjoy half-priced public skate or USFS practice ice for ACSD No. 1 scheduled half- and full-days off. Half-price skate times at the Ice & Events Center will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday and Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 6. USFS practice ice times will be from 1:45-3:45 p.m. Monday and Oct. 25 and Nov. 6. Visitors can also enjoy half-priced lunch skate times from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Go to www.cityoflaramie.org/ice for more information.
FREE DROP-IN FITNESS CLASSES WITH A MEMBERSHIP: Recreation center members can stop by any day of the week for fun class offerings, including water aerobics, XaBeat, Revolutions, Body Power or Hardcore TBT. There are several classes to help fit several schedules and fitness levels. Go to www.cityoflaramie.org/fitness to view the current fitness schedule and to check on holiday closures and cancellations. Attendees are encouraged to come early to ensure a spot in the class — they fill up quickly.
CARDIO KICKBOXING INTERVAL CLASS: This drop-in class is from 6-6:45 a.m. Thursdays in Studio B and is free with a membership or purchase of a day pass.
STEP INTERVAL TRAINING: This drop-in class meets from 6-6:45 a.m. Tuesdays in Studio B and is free with a membership or purchase of a day pass.
DROP-IN BASKETBALL: The west court at the Laramie Community Recreation Center will be available for pick-up basketball for ages 16 and older from 6-8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 2-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30. Pinnies and basketballs are available at the front desk to check out. This program is free with a membership or day pass and for ages 16 and older.
WEIGHT ROOM ORIENTATION: Those who are new to the recreation center, intimidated or unsure about how to use all the equipment or want expert advice from experienced fitness staff are encouraged to 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 is at the front desk or online. Orientations are for ages 12 and older and are planned for 9:45 am. today.
RUN THE RAILS FOR FUN AND FITNESS: Don’t miss out on this fun personal challenge. Tracking and activities will continue through October to honor the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad and founding of the Laramie community while tracking activity miles, increasing fitness and winning fun rewards. Take a look at the informational video on the city of Laramie Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW FOR LEARN TO SWIM: SESSION 2
Learn to Swim Lessons: Children should have fun while being safe in the water. Learn-to-swim lessons are available for all ages and skill levels. Find available sessions at parksandrec.cityoflaramie.org. Member discounts apply. Aqua Tots classes for ages 3 months-3 years, Pre-K classes for ages 3-6 and Summer Swim Levels 1-6 for ages 4-12 have begun. Call 721-5221 or go to parksandrec.cityoflaramie.org to register or for more information.
INDOOR LEISURE POOL: Water toys and slides are available during open swim times to increase the recreation center pool experience. The Indoor Leisure Pool amenities are always available (except for swim lessons and water aerobics times). If they aren’t already on, staff members will open them on request.
CPR/AED/1ST AID (AGES 15 AND OLDER): This course provides the skills and knowledge necessary to immediately care for someone who has an injury, experiencing a cardiac or breathing emergency until advanced medical personnel arrive. This course will provide students the opportunity to confront the fear of providing care and gain the confidence to assist others in their communities, homes, schools and workplaces. Member discounts apply. Classes are at the recreation center. Training is $80 and the next class meets from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today. The next registration deadline is Dec. 13.
PICKLEBALL: This game incorporates aspects of tennis, ping pong and badminton. This drop-in activity is for beginners and experts alike. A membership or day pass includes entry to play. All equipment is provided and can be set up at other times pending available space. Drop-in recreational pickleball is from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon-2 p.m. Sundays. Competitive pickleball is available from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays for intermediate to advanced players to gather and play mini tournaments within their skill divisions.
PUMPKIN DUNKIN’ FOR ALL AGES: Children can get into the Halloween spirit during this family favorite and swim with the pumpkins. Attendees can take home their favorite pumpkin to carve and decorate. The event is from 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 (limit one pumpkin per child).
SACC AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR GRADES K-6: SACC is an enrichment program that provides a safe, supervised afterschool environment where children are inspired to learn. Activities include theme-based clubs, recreational sports, homework time and indoor and outdoor free time. A healthy snack is provided each day, as well as a healthy dose of positive reinforcement. Transportation from all Laramie elementary schools is provided by Albany County School District No. 1. Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is open. Forms can be picked up at the Laramie Community Recreation Center or at www.cityoflaramie.org/parksandrec. The program is after school until 5:30 p.m. all full ACSD No. 1 school days through May 30 at the recreation center. Capacity is 60 students per day. The fee is based on a sliding-fee scale. Fees are $5.50, $9 or $16/per day or $26, $42 or $75/per week, if paid before the fifth of the month. To be considered for the sliding-fee scale, parents must provide proof of income and a statement of household size when 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, and a $20 fee will be assessed for each change made after initial registration.
SCHOOL’S OUT, BUT SACC IS IN: In addition to the daily afterschool program, SACC will be in operation during days designated by ACSD No. 1 as staff development/ early release. Pre-registration is required for each of these days, and enrollments are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a maximum of 40 children accepted each day. The fee of $32 for full days and $16 for half days must be paid at the time of registration. Enrollment in SACC is not required to register for these days. Registration opens for the following days in the fall: Nov. 6, Jan. 21 and April 22 (full days) and Friday, as well as Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 29 and May 24 (half days). The last day of SACC is May 29. There will be No SACC on days ACSD No. 1 has designated as noschool days. For 2018, these include Oct. 25-26, Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 24-31. For 2019, these include Jan. 1-4, March 18-22 and May 27.
CHILD CARE WHILE YOU WORKOUT: Fall child care, in partnership with Laramie Early Learning Cooperative, is currently available. Child care is available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week for ages 1-6. Time slots will be available at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays through Dec. 20. Admission is $3.50 per hour for one child, and additional children in the same family are admitted $2 per child per hour. Space is limited, so it is highly recommended attendees sign up ahead of time for a time slot. Call 721-5269, option No. 7, to reserve a spot or stop at the recreation center front desk to sign up.
GYM JAM (AGES 2-5): This is a great opportunity for a pre-K child to get an introduction to athletic movement. Enrollment is $18. Classes will meet 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays starting Oct. 23 for six weeks to learn introductions to athletic movements like running, jumping, kicking and throwing. There will be no class Nov. 6. Call 721-5269 or go to parksandrec.cityoflaramie.org for more information.
PARTY PACKAGES: Community members can schedule their next birthday at the Laramie Community
Recreation Center or Ice & Event Center. Party packages are available from 1-3 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. on most Saturdays and Sundays at the recreation center or during public skate and by special reservation at the Ice & Event Center. 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: Park crews will be fertilizing turf in all park locations next week, visitors should be advised of equipment as the crews spread the fertilizer.
After fertilizer has been applied, irrigation systems will be winterized. Drinking fountains have been shut off because of cold temperatures at night.
As a reminder to the public, slack lines and hammocks are not permitted to be tied to trees or vegetation in the parks. Repeated use can cause damage to the tree trunks and possible removal down the road.
As the leaves turn yellow and fall, staff will begin fall cleaning activities. Sweeping equipment will be in and around the major tree areas and staff will try to keep leaves from blowing into residential areas.
Contact Scott Hunter at 721-5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about parks crew activities.
ATHLETICS: Athletic fields that have been prepped and chalked mean they are ready for games that day, if you see chalked lines, visitors are asked to not use that field for practice.
Dog owners should use the designated dog parks or the Depot Park off-leash area to exercise their dogs. Enclosed fields are used by children and young adults. Dog owners are not allowed to use the fields for running pets.
GREENHILL CEMETERY: Fall fertilizer applications began, and staff will be cleaning grave sites as they apply fertilizer. Items found not meeting cemetery rules and regulations will be removed.
After fertilization takes place, staff will begin winterizing the irrigation systems. Water to the community gardens will be shut off by mid-October.
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.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: Crews are currently applying Trans Film anti transpirent to evergreen trees to help them maintain moisture throughout the winter. Call the hotline at 721-5056 to hear a recorded message detailing any IPM or mosquito control applications. The message is updated at 4 p.m. daily for that evening and the following day. Hotline information is also available on the city web page. Scroll to the bottom of the city homepage and look for the Hotline tab.
MOSQUITO CONTROL: Fogging and larval control operations have concluded for the season.
The rating of the risk of West Nile virus infection is rated at no risk based on the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for a phased response to WNv surveillance data. No samples tested positive for WNv in Albany County this season.
City of Laramie technicians tested a total of 108 samples of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes throughout the summer season with no positive samples for WNv. Two crows have also been tested with no positive samples.
Further Wyoming WNv information can be found at www.badskeeter.org or www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html. Hotline information regarding chemical applications on city-owned properties will be updated at 4 p.m. daily. Call 721-5056 or click on the Mosquito and Chemical Application hotline tab on the city of Laramie home page. Call Mosquito Control Crew Supervisor Tyler Shevling at 721-5258 or Parks Manager Scott Hunter at 721-5264 for more information.
PARKS, TREE AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: The Parks, Tree and Recreation Advisory Board regular meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 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.