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Recreation Zone
by Patty Sullivan
Recreation Program Coordinator
BC Parks & Recreation Department
Hats Off To Our Recreation
Department Staff
During the winter months, the City’s Recreation Center
is used at an amazing capacity. In addition to our regularly
scheduled activities there, which attract hundreds of patrons,
including Tiny Tots, Gymnastics, Belly Dancing, Aikido and
Open Gym, the winter sport activities are in full swing too.
When you drive by the Recreation Department on any
given weeknight, finding a parking space can be challenging.
Imagine the number of people coming and going with
the Youth Basketball program supporting 15 teams with 135
players, Youth Floor Hockey program supporting 12 teams
with 96 players, Adult Basketball program supporting 6
teams with 54 players, and Adult Volleyball program
supporting 8 teams with 72 players. Now add 100+
gymnasts, 50 Tiny Totters, Belly Dancing and Aikido
students, open gym users, a few clinics, tournaments and
special events such as the Doodlebug Bazaar, and you have
one hopping place. The middle and high schools often run
into facility issues and they get absorbed into the mix.
As you can see, juggling the facility schedule can be a
delicate balancing act at which the Recreation Department
staff does a fantastic job. Now that’s just the Recreation
Center at 900 Arizona Street. Add into the mix spring
softball, baseball, football and fall soccer with managing
clinics, games, coaches and field scheduling and maintenance.
Imagine, in addition to everything mentioned above, the
Recreation Department also manages 17 parks on
approximately 124 acres, ABC Park with the Art Center,
Fitness Center, Youth Center and gymnasium, the Nevada
Way Recreation Building, home to the Jujitsu program, the
golf course, pool and racquet ball complex, Bootleg Canyon
Trails and Eldorado Valley. Don’t leave out the special events
like the Teeny Bopper Dance, Turkey Shoot, Damboree
and 31’ers activities.
It’s an amazing staff that keeps the plates spinning, with
so many areas to cover. With only 8 full time staff and a
couple of part time staff, the volume of work accomplished
on a daily basis is staggering. Hats off to the Recreation
Department staff for doing such an amazing job at providing
quality recreation opportunities to Boulder City residents.
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