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Sparta Recreation Department’s First Christmas Tree Lighting and Other Holiday Events

SPARTA, NJ- The first Sparta Township Christmas tree lighting had to be held without a crowd.  The only element of the celebration that remained was the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Sparta VFW on Main Street on Thursday night.

Sparta Recreation Director Jeanne Montemarano was joined by elves Alison Deeney, Kelly Giannantonio, Janice Williams, Mayor Jerry Murphy, Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn and Mr. and Mrs. Clause.  

Plans originally included Santa in a snow globe for photos along with other activities typical for the annual Sparta Recreation Visit with Santa.  The most recent executive orders from Governor Murphy limiting indoor and outdoor crowds caused the activities to be canceled.

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According to Sparta Recreation Director Jeanne Montemarano they are expanding Santa’s ride through the community on the fire truck on the weekend of December 11 and 12, weather permitting.  In past years, Santa would take an hour to ride through town on his way to meet children and their families at Station Park. 

Additional Christmas events are being offered by the Sparta Recreation Department.

Sparta children can mail letters to Santa and Santa will mail a letter in return.  They can be sent to Sparta Recreation at 65 Main Street in Sparta.  The Recreation department staff will make sure they get to the North Pole in time for Santa to respond. They even provide stationary.

Sparta Recreation is also sponsoring a Holiday Home Decorating contest.  For the first time residents will be able to register their home for consideration. 

  • Homes must be registered by December 11
  • Between December 14 and 16 The Sparta Recreation department staff will photograph the homes that are registered.
  • On December 17 the photos will be posted on the Sparta Recreation Department Facebook page,
  • The two homes with the most “likes” will win.
  • On December 22 the winners will be announced on the Sparta Recreation Department Facebook page.

The first and second place winners will receive a prize and a sign to display on their front lawn, according to the recreation department announcement.

Montemarano said details for the Menorah lighting, scheduled for next Thursday, are also being discussed.

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Civic Center, new cemetery top recreation department’s sixth-penny priority list | Local News

CHEYENNE – With another sixth-penny sales tax ballot coming down the pipeline, members of the city’s Community Recreation and Events Department outlined their top priorities – Cheyenne Civic Center renovations and a new cemetery – at a City Council work session Monday night.

According to City Treasurer Robin Lockman, the city has collected $33,691,443 out of the previous $40,850,000 ballot thus far, and Council President Mark Rinne said he anticipates another sixth-penny ballot to go out to voters next fall.

“I think it would serve us well to start doing our homework now and get some background on the sixth-penny projects that some of our departments would like to move forward,” Rinne said at the work session.

The first proposal outlined an expanded remodel of the Cheyenne Civic Center, which hasn’t seen many updates in its 40-year lifespan, according to Community Recreation and Events Director Teresa Moore. The department completed a conceptual design in 2019, in anticipation of sixth-penny discussions, and the proposed project totals around $40 million, though Moore noted the renovations could be scaled back with budgetary constraints.

“This facility was built in 1981; it’s coming up on 40 years. During those 40 years, there has been little investment in this building,” Moore said.

Currently, the Civic Center has no loading dock for performers, an outdated HVAC system, inadequate seating and insufficient equipment that leads to using rentals.

The renovations would revamp the front of the building, allowing more visibility for the facility and advertising for events. The bathroom facilities would also be expanded, doubling the amount of water closets and urinals; a loading dock would be added; the concession area would be expanded; and the seating would be improved to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

A multi-purpose room would also be added for rehearsals, weddings, lectures and meetings, and it would be available to rent.

“Cheyenne and the region support the Civic Center and deserve better functionality and a high-quality experience,” Moore said. “Cheyenne has made an investment in this asset, creating it in the first place, and we think it needs our protection and our investments for future generations.”

The second proposal from Community Recreation and Events is for a new cemetery that would be built at the arboretum, next to the new Cheyenne National Cemetery. According to department Deputy Director Jason Sanchez, the city is currently running out of space.

“Most of the available spaces are single spaces; they’re undesirable. We don’t have any family plots remaining,” Sanchez said.

The new cemetery would house 3,644 interments, which Sanchez said would last the city about 20 more years, as they do an average of 150 burials annually. A cemetery master plan was completed in 2014, and the estimated cost is just over $7 million for the new cemetery, as well as to update the irrigation system at Lakeview Cemetery.

While some councilmen questioned whether the city should let the private cemetery industry take over, the department stood by the idea that this is a service

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Local recreation departments plug into eSports – News – Medfield Press

Recreation departments in Dover, Medfield, Medway and Norwood are now offering young gamers a chance to take part in eSports competitions.

There will be two divisions in the newly formed Metrowest league – grades three-five, and grades six-12. Competitors will have a chance to play Madden 21, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, NBA2K21 and Fortnite.

According to Mark Ghiloni, director of Dover’s Park and Recreation Department, “eSports is one of the fasting growing industries over the past few years and is a far cry from what we grew up with in years past.

“The industry is booming with colleges/universities creating teams and offering scholarships to players, the IOC looking at ways to incorporate eSports into the Olympics and recreation departments looking to bring gamers together in a virtual setting.”

Ghiloni added that a National Recreation Park Association Conference held in Baltimore last year highlighted eSports, and that inspired him to reach out to recreation directors in Medfield, Medway and Norwood with the idea of forming a local league.

“A few months ago, the four towns came together to see if we can partner and offer a fun program for gamers in our community,” he said. “Rather than limit it to just our town, we thought we can partner and possibly start a MetroWest League. We already come together for traditional sports at both the youth and high school level, why not try it for this virtual competition.”

“It seemed like a natural fit with these four towns to start, and we hope to expand once we get established through other interested towns in the area,” said Kevin Ryder, director of Medfield’s Park and Recreation Department.

Both Ghiloni and Ryder envision this as a permanent program.

“The industry is not going away and will only grow. The number of gamers has grown, and it is an opportunity for children of all interests to take part in the program. We see it as an opportunity for kids of all interests (especially those that may not enjoy traditional sports) to enjoy the social interaction and a program that works in the current Covid times with no modifications,” said Ghiloni.

“I see it as something that will appeal to a number of kids in our community, especially those that may not partake in traditional sports or are looking for something different to take part in,” said Ryder.

Both directors said that Fortnite’s been the early favorite, and both hope that there will be enough signups to have the league begin for all games in early November.

“I also think as the weather turns colder in the coming months that interest will increase in these leagues,” said Ryder.

 

What’s required

Those interested in signing up for eSports must have the necessary equipment; they need to own the specific game; own the game system; need an Internet connection to play the game online; need to have the online gaming account (such as Playstation Plus); and register with GG Leagues Gaming Systems for an online account. This information

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Local recreation departments plug into eSports – News – Norwood Bulletin

Recreation departments in Dover, Medfield, Medway and Norwood are now offering young gamers a chance to take part in eSports competitions.

There will be two divisions in the newly formed Metrowest league – grades three-five, and grades six-12. Competitors will have a chance to play Madden 21, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, NBA2K21 and Fortnite.

According to Mark Ghiloni, director of Dover’s Park and Recreation Department, “eSports is one of the fasting growing industries over the past few years and is a far cry from what we grew up with in years past.

“The industry is booming with colleges/universities creating teams and offering scholarships to players, the IOC looking at ways to incorporate eSports into the Olympics and recreation departments looking to bring gamers together in a virtual setting.”

Ghiloni added that a National Recreation Park Association Conference held in Baltimore last year highlighted eSports, and that inspired him to reach out to recreation directors in Medfield, Medway and Norwood with the idea of forming a local league.

“A few months ago, the four towns came together to see if we can partner and offer a fun program for gamers in our community,” he said. “Rather than limit it to just our town, we thought we can partner and possibly start a MetroWest League. We already come together for traditional sports at both the youth and high school level, why not try it for this virtual competition.”

“It seemed like a natural fit with these four towns to start, and we hope to expand once we get established through other interested towns in the area,” said Kevin Ryder, director of Medfield’s Park and Recreation Department.

Both Ghiloni and Ryder envision this as a permanent program.

“The industry is not going away and will only grow. The number of gamers has grown, and it is an opportunity for children of all interests to take part in the program. We see it as an opportunity for kids of all interests (especially those that may not enjoy traditional sports) to enjoy the social interaction and a program that works in the current Covid times with no modifications,” said Ghiloni.

“I see it as something that will appeal to a number of kids in our community, especially those that may not partake in traditional sports or are looking for something different to take part in,” said Ryder.

Both directors said that Fortnite’s been the early favorite, and both hope that there will be enough signups to have the league begin for all games in early November.

“I also think as the weather turns colder in the coming months that interest will increase in these leagues,” said Ryder.

 

What’s required

Those interested in signing up for eSports must have the necessary equipment; they need to own the specific game; own the game system; need an Internet connection to play the game online; need to have the online gaming account (such as Playstation Plus); and register with GG Leagues Gaming Systems for an online account. This information

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Local recreation departments plug into eSports – News – Dover-Sherborn Press

Recreation departments in Dover, Medfield, Medway and Norwood are now offering young gamers a chance to take part in eSports competitions.

There will be two divisions in the newly formed Metrowest league – grades three-five, and grades six-12. Competitors will have a chance to play Madden 21, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, NBA2K21 and Fortnite.

According to Mark Ghiloni, director of Dover’s Park and Recreation Department, “eSports is one of the fasting growing industries over the past few years and is a far cry from what we grew up with in years past.

“The industry is booming with colleges/universities creating teams and offering scholarships to players, the IOC looking at ways to incorporate eSports into the Olympics and recreation departments looking to bring gamers together in a virtual setting.”

Ghiloni added that a National Recreation Park Association Conference held in Baltimore last year highlighted eSports, and that inspired him to reach out to recreation directors in Medfield, Medway and Norwood with the idea of forming a local league.

“A few months ago, the four towns came together to see if we can partner and offer a fun program for gamers in our community,” he said. “Rather than limit it to just our town, we thought we can partner and possibly start a MetroWest League. We already come together for traditional sports at both the youth and high school level, why not try it for this virtual competition.”

“It seemed like a natural fit with these four towns to start, and we hope to expand once we get established through other interested towns in the area,” said Kevin Ryder, director of Medfield’s Park and Recreation Department.

Both Ghiloni and Ryder envision this as a permanent program.

“The industry is not going away and will only grow. The number of gamers has grown, and it is an opportunity for children of all interests to take part in the program. We see it as an opportunity for kids of all interests (especially those that may not enjoy traditional sports) to enjoy the social interaction and a program that works in the current Covid times with no modifications,” said Ghiloni.

“I see it as something that will appeal to a number of kids in our community, especially those that may not partake in traditional sports or are looking for something different to take part in,” said Ryder.

Both directors said that Fortnite’s been the early favorite, and both hope that there will be enough signups to have the league begin for all games in early November.

“I also think as the weather turns colder in the coming months that interest will increase in these leagues,” said Ryder.

 

What’s required

Those interested in signing up for eSports must have the necessary equipment; they need to own the specific game; own the game system; need an Internet connection to play the game online; need to have the online gaming account (such as Playstation Plus); and register with GG Leagues Gaming Systems for an online account. This information

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City of Monroe, NC > Departments > Parks & Recreation

2020 Sprint Summer Program Guide CoverThe Monroe Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide quality recreation facilities and programs that promote healthy and active living opportunities for our residents.  We offer a variety of activities for all ages and fitness levels.  At our facilities, you can enjoy golf, swimming, athletic programs and leagues, fitness classes, senior programs and much more.  Day camps, after-school, and educational programs are offered year-round at many of our facilities.  Spend some time in one of our parks picnicking and enjoying one of our many playgrounds with your children.  Explore our downtown area as you enjoy a walk or run on the Bearskin Creek and Downtown Connector Greenways.  Or, if you prefer indoor activities, our Aquatics and Fitness Center has something for everyone.  Sign up for a membership and start your journey to a healthier life today.

 

 

 

Covid-19 Update
UPDATE – April 17, 2020

For complete information regarding all city cancelations, please follow the following link:

Covid-19 Closures

Parks and Recreation

  • The Monroe Aquatics and Fitness Center will be closed through April 25 per N.C .Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 120.
  • Monroe recreation centers and community centers will be closed through April 29 including all programming. Staff will be evaluating the situation during this time.
  • The Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center will be closed through April 29 including all programming. Staff will be evaluating the situation during this time.
  • Reservations of facilities have been suspended.

  All outdoor restroom facilities and playgrounds will be closed.

  All picnic shelters on City property are closed.

  All common areas in parks, greenways, and golf courses will remain open with social distancing being encouraged.

  Monroe Country Club golf course has made the following amendments in our efforts to protect both golfers and our staff as we continue on this Covid-19 journey,:
1.  The Pro Shop is closed to to public access.  All payments will be taken via phone as debit or credit cards.  A sign will be posted on the door to the Pro Shop so if someone arrives and needs to pay, they can call the Pro Shop and pay with card on-site.  
2.  Individual cart use is encouraged — one per person.
3.  Time between tee times is being extended to ensure carts are available for individual use as well as to spread players throughout the course.
4.  The starter area is roped off to ensure social distancing is achieved.

  Monroe Country Club golf course outdoor patio area is closed to promote social distancing.

Music on Main 

April 23rd Music on Main is canceled

Car Cruise-In

 

NOTICE: A FRIENDLY REMINDER OF OUR GENERAL PARK RULES

 

Click here to explore all that Monroe Parks and Recreation has to offer in our program guide!

 

 

Click here for more information about our Bench and Tree Dedication Program!

 

 

 

 

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Howard County, Maryland > Departments > Recreation and Parks

For information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) please click here

           

Friday, April 17, 2020

Ensuring the continued health and safety of residents and visitors is our top priority. Howard County Recreation & Parks is working closely with county administration, the Howard County Health Department, and other local agencies as we are continuing to monitor and take protective measures against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
 

The April Recreation & Parks Advisory Board Meeting has been cancelled.
 

Ways to find the most up-to-date information on HC Recreation & Parks Closures

 

The following recreational areas are closed to encourage social distancing and discourage any gatherings at parks.

  • Basketball courts
  • Disc golf courses
  • Pickleball courts
  • Playgrounds 
  • Recreational Boating at Centennial Lake
  • Rockburn Skills Park
  • Skate parks
  • Tennis courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Worthington Dog Park
  • Park gates are closed. (Please see https://bit.ly/2IYCxfs for clarification.) Parks gates will remain closed, but the parks will be available for people to walk, run, hike or bike as long as they are practicing social distancing.
     

The following are not running/are not open through May 15, 2020.

  • All Programs, Classes & Events
  • Leagues
  • Rentals
  • Large events, gatherings, and pavilion rentals 
  • Howard County Recreation & Parks (HCRP) indoor facilities are not open to the public. (This includes HCRP headquarters, Roger Carter Community Center, Gary J. Arthur Community Center, North Laurel Community Center, Robinson Nature Center, Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum, Firehouse Museum, Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, Belmont Manor & Historic Park and more.)

Weddings are cancelled until June 1, 2020.

 

Timbers at Troy is currently closed.

This includes golf operations, clubhouse, golf course and driving range. They will continue to maintain the golf course; however it is not be open for play until further notice. 

 

Wine In The Woods (was to be held on May 16-17, 2020) is cancelled.

Ticket holders can expect a refund within 7-10 business days. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Commonly Asked Questions

I want to register for the 2020-2021 Recreational Licensed Child Care program. When is registration beginning for this?

For the most up-to-date information, please visit on our Child Care Page. Enrollment for the 2020-2021 Recreational Licensed Child Care program began on April 1, 2020 at 8am. Due to COVID-19, our staff’s ability to take calls will be limited. Please register online (https://apm.activecommunities.com/howardcounty/) if possible. Your patience is greatly appreciated. 

 

Do I have to pay for the classes, lessons or programs I miss during this time of closure?

No. Either the missed classes will be made up or you will be given a refund for missed classes. 

 

I paid for an event that is now cancelled.

We will be issuing refunds for all cancelled events and programs. 

 

I have paid for a gym, facility, or Robinson Nature Center membership that is currently closed. Will I be reimbursed?

Starting Tuesday, April 14, Howard County Recreation & Parks will stop automatic charges for fitness or pool memberships at the Roger Carter, North Laurel and Gary J. Arthur Community Centers.  For

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