Community Advocate • Summer
Guide • Friday, May 20, 2011• 9
Swim lessons offer safety, healthy benefits Courtesy of Gymnastics Learning Center
riding and picnicking. Two boat ramps, boardwalk trail through ﬁve-acre swamp. Part of the Midstate Trail, a hiking trail through central Massachusetts. Visit www.mass.gov/ dcr/parks/central/doug.htm for more info. Great Brook Farm State Park 984 Lowell St., Carlisle, 978-369-6312 1,000 acres of farmland, pasture, with remnants of 17th-century dwellings and mills, and 20 miles of trails. Present day farming includes Holsteins. Public barn tours available on weekends. Hopkinton State Park Route 85, Hopkinton, 508-435-4303 Contains 1,500 acres of summer fun, including swimming, boating, bicycling, hiking and picnicking. Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/ northeast/hpsp.htm for more info.
mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/ quin.htm for more info. Upton State Forest Westborough Road, Upton, 508-278-6486 Forested 2,600 acres for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Visit www.mass.gov/ dcr/parks/northeast/uptn.htm for more info. Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Mountain Road, Princeton, 978-464-2987 Encompasses 3,000 acres around 2,006-foot Mount Wachusett and 17 miles of hiking trails, including nearly four miles of the Midstate Trail, a hiking trail through central Massachusetts. Scenic vistas, birdwatching, picnicking. Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/ parks/central/wach.htm for more info.
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation Purgatory Road (oﬀ Route 146), Sutton, 508-234-3733 Features deep chasm with granite walls and unique rock formations, for hiking, exploring and picnicking. Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/purg.htm for more info.
Walden Pond State Reservation Route 126, Concord, 978-369-3254 Wooded 462 acres of protected open space, with 102foot deep glacial kettle-hole Walden Pond. Swimming, hiking, ﬁshing, picnicking, visiting replica of Henry David Thoreau’s one-room cabin. Visit www.mass.gov/ dcr/parks/walden/index.htm for more info.
Quinsigamond State Park 10 North Lake Avenue, Worcester, 508-755-6880 Consists of Regatta Point and Lake Park on west side of Lake Quinsigamond, with swimming, sailing, boating, picnicking, tennis and ﬁshing. Boating includes 2,000-meter rowing course. Visit www.
Whitehall State Park Route 135, Hopkinton, 508-435-4303 Dominated by 600-acre Whitehall Reservoir, with boating, ﬁshing, hiking, and picnicking on the small islands. Boat ramp. Visit www. mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/ whit.htm for more info.
The Gymnastics Learning Center pools are designed to help kids feel comfortable and safe in the water.
young children can gain confidence in the water because they have the security of being able to comfortably stand up in the pool. The
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With Summer 2011 right around the corner, parents are busy signing their children up for all different activities. Some enroll their kids in full-day theme camps. Other parents look for half-day programs to fill up their c h i l d r e n’s s u m mer days. American Red Cross swim lessons are a valuable summer activity. Learning to swim is a lifelong skill that is fun, healthy and potentially, lifesaving. Swimmers can take part in many fun activities. They can go to the beach, ride the waves, surf, sail, fish, water ski, or enjoy tubing. Learning to swim and to be safe around water is invaluable. Many families register their children for swim lessons at
the Gymnastics Learning Center where the pools are designed to take the fear out of learning to swim. Utilizing specially designed and shallow teaching pools, even
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American Red Cross swim classes range from infant/ toddler programs to stroke refinement, to life guarding and to water safety skills. According to Michele Syslo, “I learned to swim at a very young age. My mom taught swim lessons at a swim club in Worcester. Every day I would go to work with her, and practice in their huge pool. My m o m told me she watched me with great pride and amazement as I walked to the end of the long diving board and jumped in. I surfaced and swam to the ladder to do it over and over. I was 2 years old.” Learning to swim is an important skill that offers lifelong health and safety benefits. Summer is the perfect time for children to be enrolled in American Red Cross swim lessons.
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