PARKS AND RECREATION GUIDE: Go to www.cityoflaramie. org/parksandrec for the latest events and updates, as well as a variety of forms and applications. Be sure to like Parks and Rec on Facebook (facebook. com/laramie.parksandrecreation) for useful information and news. Call 721-5269 with questions about Parks and Recreation services.

NOTIFY ME: Want to stay informed about Recreation Center facility schedules and closures? Go to www.cityoflaramie.org/notifyme and click on Parks & Rec to sign up for automatic notifications to be sent via text or email.

FREEDOM HAS A BIRTHDAY: This family-friendly event will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4 at Washington Park, 18th and Sheridan streets. Annually, more than 10,000 people celebrate Independence Day with free activities, including a childrens parade, track-less train rides, pie-eating contest, music and entertainment, watermelon, ice cream cones and much more, all provided by a variety of Laramie businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, clubs, teams and political groups. The 2017 booth application is now available at www. freedomhasabirthday.com. The booth registration deadline is June 20. Complete the form, attach the nominal fee and mail it to the P.O. Box provided on the application or drop it off at Poppys, 119 Grand Ave.

GYM JAM: Parents can drop big brothers and sisters off for school and head to the final Gym Jam dates with the little ones from 9-10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. This is for pre-kindergarten children (who can walk) and their parents. Activities focus on coordination, balance and social interaction through play time. This activity will be free of charge with memberships and day passes. Activities are designed for toddlers, but participants are welcome to bring infants. Plan to supervise toddlers and interact with them in planned games and activities. There will be one staff member on hand to guide the activities, but there wont be enough staff to provide active supervision for all toddlers. This activity only requires a day pass or membership to participate. Children younger than 3 are admitted for free.

RENT THE RECREATION CENTER: The recreation center has three great meeting rooms perfect for anything from a family get together to a board meeting. People can also rent the gymnasiums, fitness rooms or a pool for their next party.

DROP IN PICKLEBALL: This exciting game is taking the nation by storm, incorporating aspects of tennis, ping pong and badminton. Drop in is 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. Participants can use their memberships or day passes to play. All equipment is provided and can be set up at other times if requested.

SENIOR OLYMPICS IN LARAMIE: Save the date for Aug. 2-6 for the Senior Olympics. Email parksandrecinfo@cityoflaramie.org for volunteer information. Activities will include tennis, basketball, bowling, horseshoes, pickleball, swimming, golf, darts, racquetball, trap, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, badminton, billiards, track and field, skeet and more. The Senior Olympics are open to people 50 and older.

SUMMER CAMPS: This program traditionally fills quickly, so dont miss out. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and payment for each camp secures a space for that week. If participants want to be considered for the sliding-fee scale, proof of income will need to be submitted at the time of registration. This eight-week summer day camp series begins June 5 and goes through July 28. The age range for this program is 7 years (or entering second grade) through 12 years (or entering sixth grade). All camps meet at the Laramie Community Recreation Center, 920 Boulder Drive, with a maximum of 50 children accepted each week. Each week will be theme-based, and fees include enrichment activities, art projects, roller skating, swimming, a local field trip and a movie and a morning and afternoon snack. Go to the summer program guide at www.cityoflaramie.org or contact the program coordinator at cstoffers@cityoflaramie.org for more detailed information and an enrollment form.

School Age Child Care After School Enrichment Program: Those looking for an after-school enrichment program for children through the end of the school year should check out SACC, which has a few available spaces open. SACC provides a safe, supervised after-school environment where children are inspired to learn. Hosted at the Laramie Community Recreation Center, the program includes theme-based club time, recreational sports, including 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 after school each day school is in session and are picked up by parents no later than 5:30 p.m. A sliding-fee scale is available based on income and number of people in household. Enrollment forms are available at the recreation center, 920 Boulder Drive, or at www.cityoflaramie.org/sacc. Email the program coordinator at cstoffers@cityoflaramie.org for more information.

SUMMER DROP-IN CHILD CARE AT THE RECREATION CENTER: The Parks and Recreation Department is working on scheduling days and times for summer drop-in child care and would like community input. Members of the community are asked to call and let staff know what days of the week and what times they would use this service June-August. 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.

KAYAKING AND RIVER RAFTING: Participants are encouraged to take this time to keep their kayaking and rafting skills sharp. From those with beginner to advanced skill levels, this is the time to make sure kayakers and rafters are ready for the next season. All gear must be clean before entry. The class is free with a membership or the purchase of a day pass. This class is for those 15 and older, and the final class is scheduled for 4:30-6:15 p.m. Sunday at the recreation center.

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS: For those who never learned to swim or need to improve or learn new strokes, private lessons are the way to go. Customized to a specific skill set, private lessons can improve all aspects of swimming skills. Private lessons are available for all skill levels and can be set up to participants availabilities. Call 721-5263 for more information.

INDOOR LEISURE POOL: Water toys and slides are available to increase the recreation center pool experience. Open swim times are available. The indoor leisure pool amenities are always available (except for swim lessons and water aerobics times). When they arent on, they will be open on request. Visitors should be advised the diving board is currently out of operation for repairs.

RECREATION PARTY PACKAGES: Schedule a birthday party at the recreation center or Ice & Event Center. Party packages are available from 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 parksandrecinfo@cityoflaramie. org for more information about recreation center parties or dgarcia@ cityoflaramie.org for parties at the Ice & Event Center. Parties must be scheduled at least 10 days in advance to provide adequate scheduling and planning time.

Spring has Sprung: Fun spring class offerings include water aerobics, XaBeat, Revolutions, Body Power or Hardcore TBT. Go to www.cityoflaramie.org/fitness to view the current fitness schedule and check for holiday closures and cancellations.

NEW FITNESS BENEFIT BEGINNING MAY 30: Core Fitness drop-in classes are now a part of a membership. There is no need to pay extra for regular drop-in classes 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.

Roller Skating: The ice is gone at the Ice & Events Center, and roller skating is back. This season will feature new and expanded activities during public skating, including the inflatable slide games and skating races. Visitors can bring their own roller skates or blades. Concessions and rental skates will be available during all public skate times. Events will be scheduled in the summer. Go to www.cityoflaramie.org for more information.

Laramie Fun Factory: The next Laramie Fun Factory is from 5-9 p.m. today at the Ice & Events Center and includes roller skating, music, disco lights, the inflatable slide and obstacle course, games, prizes and more.

Parks: Large tree pruning will continue in LaBonte Park along Canby Street, Washington Park along Sheridan Street (between the Otto Dahl picnic shelter and Thornburgh Drive) and at the east end of LaPrele Park from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Visitors should avoid these work areas while crews are present. All restrooms are now open. Restrooms will be closed if freezing temperatures threaten piping. Irrigation systems are in the process of being turned on, and turf will be watered around weather and cold temperatures. Water to the LaBonte Community Gardens will be turned on when temperatures dont drop below 20 degrees at night. Visitors should be aware some park shelters are reserved in advance for events. Reservations will be posted at each shelter rental board.

Laramie River Greenbelt: Road closures on Snowy Range Road will increase traffic and congestion in the area of the Greenbelt trailhead at Optimist Park. WYDOT is continuing work on the Snowy Range Road Bridge that spans the Laramie River and the Laramie River Greenbelt Path. Visitors should use extra caution in the area. The path will be closed to all traffic under the Snowy Range Bridge until construction is complete. Greenbelt users are reminded the Wyoming Territorial Prison Park property requires an annual fee for access, and trespassing to avoid the construction area is not permitted.

Optimist Dog Park: The Optimist Park Off-Leash Dog-Friendly will remain closed for the week of May 21-29 to allow recently planted seed more time to become established. The dog park might be closed longer if the newly planted grass needs more time due to cool, wet weather. Contact the recreation center at 721-5269 or Parks Crew Supervisor Scott Hunter at 721-5257 or shunter@cityoflaramie.org for more information.

GREENHILL CLEANUP: Spring cleanup is underway. Any holiday themed items, dead flowers and any items not meeting the rules and regulations will be removed to prepare for Memorial Day. Staff will also be cleaning up branches, pine cones and leaves. Flowers and items placed around memorial stones will be left for two weeks after Memorial Day, and items that dont meet with the cemetery rules and regulations will be picked up for maintenance reasons. Staff will try to find suitable locations for any items left on a grave site after the two week time period. If unfamiliar with the rules and regulations, visit the city of Laramie website, under Parks and Recreation, or call the office to get a copy of the regulations. Staff is busy prepping winter graves and identifying areas that need raised. Sod is expected to be placed during the week of May 22. IPM crews plan to apply herbicide treatments to control broadleaf weeds in the cemetery in the next few weeks leading up to Memorial Day. Watch for signed areas. Contact Cemetery Crew Leader Loni Wilson at 721-5268 or lwilson@cityoflaramie.org for more information.

MOSQUITO CONTROL: Mosquito control crews will be conducting larval control in irrigated and wetland areas in and around Laramie for the summer season. Areas of standing water that could be mosquito habitats need to be evaluated and treated if necessary. Those who wish to be on the no-spray list can find information about the program on the city web page. Look under Parks and Recreation – Mosquito Control for an explanation of the program and the sign-up sheet. Contact Mosquito Control Crew Supervisor Keith Wardlaw at kwardlaw@cityoflaramie.org or 721-5258 for questions or to report standing water.

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: Crews plan to apply Speedzone herbicide to all parks locations and Greenhill Cemetery to control broadleaf weeds during the early spring season. Daily information on applications is available on the hotline at 721-5056 or on the city web page.

PARKS, TREE AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: The Parks, Tree and Recreation Advisory Board meeting time and date will be announced soon. It will take place in the large conference room at the recreation center. 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.

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