2019 Winter Activity Guide

Welcome Wow, what an amazing Centennial year it’s been! The Centennial Cycle was a great addition to our year-long celebration, attracting over 350 participants of all ages; this is sure to become an annual event. While numerous community members and City employees put many hours into planning this landmark year, I wish to thank my Parks & Recreation Department team for their efforts in providing a year full of Centennial activities in addition to our traditional services. I hope you can join us for our final event of the year, at Winter Festival from 6:30-8:30 pm on Friday, November 30, at Mallway Park. In addition to celebrating our Centennial year, we worked on several other major projects. Development of the Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan has been an 18-month process, with extensive community feedback and thorough assessments of our parks, facilities, programs and services. PROS Consulting has developed recommendations along with an action plan to guide the department for the next 10+ years. These recommendations have been presented to the public, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and City Council, and are available at upperarlingtonoh.gov/parks-recreation. Pending Council’s acceptance of the plan by year’s end, we look forward to rolling up our sleeves to begin implementation early in 2019, with several exciting projects on the horizon. Columbus based Designing Local is conducting our Arts & Culture Master Plan process with several public engagement opportunities, including an online survey that is currently available through December 15, at upperarlingtonoh.gov/ arts-plan. We encourage you to provide your input on public art and art experiences.

A few park improvement projects are underway, including construction of the Devon Pool bathhouse, replacement of the Westover Park playground and a privately- funded tribute to Jack Nicklaus in Nicklaus Park. Before your winter season gets too busy, take time to look through this guide for recreation programs, park information and 2019 event dates. For those that plan in advance, this issue has information on our summer day camps and summer employment. Mark your calendars— Summer Day Camp registration opens February 1 at 6 am. Our Winter Activity Guide is full of opportunities to stay active this winter! Program registration for the winter season opens Wednesday December 5 at 6 am. Our Winter Break camps and programs offer children the opportunity to stay active, learn a new skill and have fun with friends while school is out! Our popular Father/Daughter Valentine’s Date Night is back and will fill up quickly, so be sure to register early! Shake off those Sunday blues this winter with Family and Teen Open Gym, on Sundays from 4-7pm at Tremont Elementary. Explore our new programs in the adult section, like Tae Kwon Do, Humor Writing, Natural Skin Care Products, and Rev and Flow fitness, or revisit some of our favorites like the Giant Eagle food series or our Artisan Cocktails class.

For our 50+ customers, slow down and connect with nature in Guided Forest Therapy, get more our of your Mac in our Intermediate Computer Series, and go behind the scenes in our Real to Reel: History Goes Hollywood lecture series. As the winter season turns to spring, be sure to check out our spring sports with Silver Bears Softball, Men’s Golf and Pickleball! For our swimmers, the Sunday Swim program (pg 62) runs from January 13- May 5, and our 50+ participants can enjoy indoor swimming at First Community Village this winter (pg 41). I hope you all have a wonderful winter full of activity in our parks, facilities and through our programs!

I wish you all the best in the New Year,

Debbie McLaughlin Parks & Recreation Director

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