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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
s the days get shorter, nights grow colder and leaves begin to show their brilliance, we are once again reminded that autumn is here; change is upon us. Sooner than we want, the parks crew will trade in their mowers for snowplows, and while winter brings its own energy and excitement, let’s embrace the autumn for as long as we can. It is a beautiful time of year to explore our natural areas and hiking trails as well as our 26 plus miles of recreation path. Fall colors at the Wheeler Homestead gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for a weekend picnic and impromptu family football games are encouraged in any of our park open green spaces. Taking stock of our parks system and all it has to offer leaves me grateful for the hard work and foresight of those that have come before me, most recently Maggie Leugers. Maggie came to our department to provide leadership in a time of great transition. Retiring from Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, Maggie agreed to come to us on a short-term basis to bridge our understaffed department. Her passion for recreation was infectious and her enthusiasm for community engagement was the catalyst for several new events; our popular food truck series being her hallmark. We always knew that Maggie’s time with our department would be limited, as she had other adventures she wanted to explore. It was not a surprise when she decided to cut back her hours to half time last February and retired fully in June. Since her retirement with the South Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, Maggie has stayed connected as a board member of the Vermont Senior Games, an active member of the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association and as a part time consultant to the City of South Burlington’s Dog Park Committee. Maggie’s departure from our department left a vacancy in leadership which I agreed to take up on a short-term basis. Eager to share what I have learned from my mentors along the way, I embraced the opportunity that quickly transitioned from an interim status to full time appointment. I am both honored and humbled to be your Director and take very seriously the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. This is an exciting time for Recreation and Parks and there is certainly no shortage of work to be completed. With two new parks added to our inventory, projects in our open spaces, the potential realization of long-awaited indoor program space and the desire for more community engagement events, we certainly have our work cut out for us. I am grateful for the dedicated talents of the amazing staff I have the privilege of leading and am confident that you will share in my appreciation for them as you see them. Brett, Travis, Kathleen and Andrea have been the foundation of our department through these transitions and their dedication has been steadfast.
Our team is truly amazing and what others see as challenges, we see as opportunities. It is with mixed emotions that I share with you today another “opportunity”. After three years as our part time senior programmer, Kathleen has announced her retirement. During her tenure, Kathleen has shared with us her passion and experience developing senior programming and the offerings of weekly meals, seasonal trips, walking groups, watercolor classes and our senior special events have been enhanced through her dedication, creativity and community connections. While we will miss her greatly, we know that she will be enjoying much anticipated travel and time with family and friends. With no shortness of opportunities, I reflect each morning on the road that lies ahead and often remember the following poem…. may it help center all of us and secure us in appreciation for all we have and all we give to one another. Be Thankful Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what you there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something For it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations Because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge Because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you are tired and weary Because it means you’ve made a difference. It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles And they can become your blessings.
SOUTH BURLINGTON RECREATION & PARKS STAFF HOLLY REES CPRP, Director | BRETT LEONARD CPRP, Recreation Specialist TRAVIS LADD, Special Projects Coordinator | ANDREA LEO, Public Service Specialist
FALL/WINTER PROGRAM ! N E P O W REGISTRATION INFORMATION O N DECISION DEADLINES Decision deadlines are set at 14 days prior to the start date of a program, unless otherwise stated. Registration will close when a program has reached its maximum number and a waiting list will be created. *(For summer camps, registration deadlines are set 1 month prior to the start date of a camp.) FEES & PAYMENTS Payment must be made in full at the time of registration. Participants will not be allowed to attend a program until payment is paid in full. Payment must accompany all mailed-in registrations to be processed. SCHOLARSHIPS South Burlington Recreation & Parks provides financial assistance to South Burlington families who may not otherwise be able to afford to participate in our recreation programs. Contact us at 802-846-4108 or email@example.com for more information.
NOTIFICATION A receipt, with program information and comments, is provided to all In-Person Registrations and emailed to all Mail-In and Online Registrations. We notify all registered participants of any changes or cancellations by email.
CAMP REFUNDS Refunds are granted up to the decision deadline date of a camp. A $25.00 processing fee is deducted from all refunds. After the decision deadline, no refunds will be processed if the program has met its minimum capacity.
CANCELLATIONS AND PROGRAM REFUNDS We reserve the right to cancel or consolidate any program that does not meet the minimum participation number required by the decision deadline of a program. A full refund will be issued if we cancel.
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February 9 | 6 - 8:30 pm | Sunset Ballroom Join us for our annual Valentine Dance at the Sunset Ballroom. This magical evening will be filled to the brim with special dances, prizes, snacks and givea-ways. Photo booth pictures, Big Bear raffle and valentine crafts will also be available. Donâ€™t miss this special event that your child will cherish for a lifetime. Registration is available online or at the Recreation & Parks Office. If you would like a keepsake ticket for your scrapbook, they will be available at the dance.
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COED BASKETBALL CLASS#
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BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS#
GIRLS BASKETBALL CLASS#
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VOLUNTEER COACHES & REFEREES NEEDED! 523000-A
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FHTMS SKI & RIDE
SPECIFIC PROGRAM DATES WERE NOT AVAILABLE AT TIME OF PRINTING, PLEASE LISTEN FOR FHTMS ANNOUNCEMENTS OR VISIT THE RECREATION & PARKS WEBSITE. This program is open to all beginner and experienced skiers and snowboarders. The program consists of 5 supervised trips to Bolton Valley for night skiing and snowboarding. Enrollment is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.75 participants will be allowed in each session. OPTIONS AVAILABLE: Lift Ticket & Transportation, Lessons, Equipment Rental, Helmet Rental, or Transportation Only.
CREATIVE ART FOR THE FAMILY AGES 3+
YOUNG REMBRANDTS - WINTER AGES 6-11
524000-A : NOVEMBER 5-DECEMBER 17 : DECISION DEADLINE OCTOBER 22 MONDAY : 2:35PM-4PM : ORCHARD SCHOOL RESIDENTS $78 : NON-RESIDENTS $94
524001-A : NOVEMBER 6-DECEMBER 18 : DECISION DEADLINE OCTOBER 23 TUESDAY : 2:35PM-4PM : CENTRAL SCHOOL RESIDENTS $78 : NON-RESIDENTS $94
New sessions with Young Rembrandts! Students will have a blast drawing their favorite emoji’s in a fun collage as well as exploring color with our watch color wheel lesson. Seasonal art will be a hit, as we do a cartoon style drawing of a dog with antlers and a graphic of Candy Canes. All this and more awaits your child in the Young Rembrandts classroom. Sign up today!
801000-A : OCTOBER 23 TUESDAY : 10:30AM-12PM : WHEELER HOUSE RESIDENTS $20 : NON-RESIDENTS $20
801000-B : NOVEMBER 6 : DECISION DEADLINE OCTOBER 23 TUESDAY : 10:30AM-12PM : WHEELER HOUSE RESIDENTS $20 : NON-RESIDENTS $20 Accompanied by an Adult! Art classes for families by Olga Verasen expose the unique potential of each child and release positive emotions. The language of creativity is a wonderful basis for developing communication, mutual understanding and respect between parents and children. Art classes will result in finished works including; toys, handmade books, craft from natural materials & home design. Olga uses simple technology that can be easily mastered by you and your child by playing as a creative team! Don’t forget to bring a smock or wear clothes that can get a little messy! Instructor: Olga Verasen
TEEN PROGRAMS DRIVERS EDUCATION COURSE 838001-A AGE 15+ : OCTOBER 29-DECEMBER 20 MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY : 4PM-5:30PM : SBHS RESIDENTS $725 : NON-RESIDENTS $750
JAY PEAK PUMP HOUSE TRIP 825001-A
GRADES 4TH-8TH : OCTOBER 19 FRIDAY : 9AM-5:30PM : FHTMS RESIDENTS $58 : NON-RESIDENTS $70
This class is for teenagers and or adults who have a current Vermont learner’s permit and want to obtain a Vermont Driver’s license. This course reflects proven techniques for developing good driving skills and habits. The course consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours of supervised driving, and 6 hours of observation, beyond class room hours. Driving times will be coordinated with instructor. This program has a $75.00 NonRefundable deposit fee. Instructor: Paul Dudley, Dudley’s Driving Academy
BABYSITTING COURSE 828000-A AGES 11-16 : OCTOBER 19 FRIDAY : 8:30AM-3PM : FHTMS RESIDENTS $110 : NON-RESIDENTS $132 The Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course provides individuals with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children. Training in leadership, professionalism, basic care, safety, safe play and first aid will be covered. Certification cards can take up to three weeks to be delivered to the students. Instructor: Certified ARC Instructor
We’ll gather our crew in the FHTMS lobby and set off on a road trip to Jay Peak where we will spend the day on site enjoying the water park. A lunchtime pizza party will be provided. Bring your bathing suits, towels and smiles! Instructors: Rec Staff
SNOWMOBILE SAFETY COURSE
AT THE TIME OF PRINTING THE COURSE WAS BEING REVAMPED. GO TO THE VERMONT STATE POLICE WEBSITE TO FIND A CLASS NEAR YOU OR TAKE THE ONLINE COURSE AT WWW.SNOWMOBILE-ED.COM/VERMONT. This course provides the opportunity to earn the certification necessary to legally operate on Vermont’s Statewide Snowmobile Trails System. Participants must be present for all classes in order to be eligible for certification. VT State Law requires that all VT snowmobile operators born after July 1, 1983 must take and pass a state approved snowmobile safety course. Instructor: VT State Police.
GIRLS CIRCLE AGE 11-18 CLASS#
Based on 100+ acres at the Wheeler Nature Park in South Burlington, Girls Circle values engaging hands-on with our environment and exploring our curiosities. Our time together includes laughter, art, fire-building, gardening, nature walks, games, dialogue, yoga and meditation, community service and more, all the while cultivating a culture of gratitude together! Coming of age is a theme at this time, and girls have the chance to create meaningful bonds with others going through their teenage years. Come just as you are and join the fun!
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ADULT PROGRAMS/OPEN GYMS DROP-IN ZUMBA 943100-A
AGES 16+ FRIDAYS : 6:30PM-7:30PM : RECREATION DEPARTMENT RESIDENTS $8 - NON-RESIDENTS $8 Calling all levels of fitness! This class is best described as a joyful, Latininspired fitness class. Everybody and every body! Each Zumba class is designed to bring people together to sweat it out. We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an intervalstyle, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Please come 15 minutes before class, to get registered and class fees collected!
HATHA YOGA AGE 16+ CLASS#
Experience a yoga class which integrates grounding postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama) with awareness, culminating in a deep restful relaxation (savasana). Appropriate for everyone. To include all bodies and ages. All classes are created in accordance with life’s rhythms and transitions. Yoga is practiced barefoot on a mat. We have mats available but your own is preferred. Non-slip socks and a blanket optional. Instructor: Gisele Goetsch
JAZZERCISE ADULT PUNCH PASS: PROGRAM NAME
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RESIDENTS $72 - NON-RESIDENTS $86 REC & PARKS MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM *Jazzercise Lo/Low description and fee located on page 15 The 10 visit punch pass is valid for 3 months and can be purchased at the SB Recreation and Park office. Try Jazzercise now! With our varied formats, fresh new music, and fun moves, you’ll never get bored... plus you’ll SEE results that will keep you coming back! We are a small boutique with lots of strong, fabulous, fun Jazzerbuddies. Come join us. Enjoy the opportunity to dance and workout with us 7 days a week at SBRP all year round. Mats and weights provided, all you need are clean workout shoes to change into at class and a water bottle. At your first class, please arrive early to fill out our waiver. Certified Jazzercise Instructors: Kit Sayers, Tamie Jo Dickinson, and Tanya Theriault.
JAZZERCISE – PT BASICS:
ADULT OPEN GYMS: OUTDOOR PICKLEBALL
MEN’S BASKETBALL 18+
MEN’S BASKETBALL 35+
AGES: 18+, COED MAY – OCTOBER SZYMANSKI PARK WEDNESDAYS 9:00-11:00 AM WEDNESDAYS 6:00-8:00 PM $2 PER GAME/PER PERSON AGES: 18+, COED See website for Dates, Times & Location
$2 PER GAME/PER PERSON AGES: 18+, COED SEPTEMBER – JUNE LOCATION VARIES BY SCHEDULE WEDNESDAYS 7:00-9:00 PM
$2 PER GAME/PER PERSON AGES: 18+ SEPTEMBER – JUNE LOCATION VARIES BY SCHEDULE SUNDAYS 10:00 AM-12:00 PM $2 PER GAME/PER PERSON AGES: 35+ SEPTEMBER – JUNE LOCATION VARIES BY SCHEDULE FRIDAYS 6:30-8:30 PM
SUNDAYS : 10:45AM : REC & PARKS MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM RESIDENTS $100 - NON-RESIDENTS $120 Classes are on-going. Jump in anytime! Make it personal. Take your fitness to the next level with these PT Basic classes. Work your body using weights, resistant tubes and your own body weight. You’ll work in small groups doing functional exercise, gaining flexibility and balance while building muscle. Your instructor will assist you with personal attention to help you use correct technique to receive the most from your PT class. Every week we will focus on the total body and include exercises for Lovely Legs or Just Abs or Work your Core or Arm Day. Equipment: Mats and weights available at class. Carry in clean aerobic sneakers to change into for class. Certified Jazzercise Instructor: Kit Sayers
MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS 10AM-11AM : SB CITY HALL RESIDENTS $32 - NON-RESIDENTS $37 It’s a Low impact, less intense with plenty of energy style class. Chairs are used during strength or as needed. Carry in light weights, water & clean workout shoes to change into prior to class. This class is ideal for the active older adult, people with balance issues, arthritis, recovering from surgery, pregnant, just starting out, or just not ready for the higher impact/intense dance moves & strength workout.
ADULT PROGRAMS VOICE OVERS 839000-A
AGES 13+ : OCTOBER 29 MONDAY : 6:30PM-8:30PM : RECREATION DEPARTMENT RESIDENTS $35 - NON-RESIDENTS $35 You’ve heard Brian Thon on TV and radio commercials! His voice can be heard on work from professional sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, GE Healthcare and Fox News. Hear him live as he illustrates how you could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, film and videos! This class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for. Under 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult.
WILLS FOR PARENTS AGES 18+
848000-A (INDIVIDUALS) : NOVEMBER 1 & NOVEMBER 15 THURSDAY : 7PM-8:30PM : JARRETT/LUITJENS LAW RESIDENTS $255 - NON-RESIDENTS $255 848000-B (COUPLES) : NOVEMBER 1 & NOVEMBER 15 THURSDAY : 7PM-8:30PM : JARRETT/LUITJENS LAW RESIDENTS $380 - NON-RESIDENTS $380 Would you like to walk away from a course with a fully executed, customized legal document instead of just learning about it? As a service to the community, Jarrett & Luitjens, PLC, is offering their professional services at a fraction of the cost of private “in office” counsel. Instructor Jennifer R. Luitigens, Esq will explain the legal process involved when parents die leaving minor children during the first session and provide customized Wills for participants during the second session. If registering as a married couple, both must attend both sessions; only unmarried individuals may register as a single. Instructor Jennifer R. Luitjens, Esq., Jarrett & Luitjens, PLC
SB HANNAFORD SUPERMARKET PROGRAMS Join Joanne Heidkamp, MS, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist for Hannaford Supermarkets for one or more of these great programs. In her career as a dietitian she has provided counseling and education to help people move toward their nutrition goals at various stages of life and health. Fee covers South Burlington Rec admin costs.
PLANNING WEEKNIGHT MEALS FOR THE FAMILY 849000-A
At 4 pm do you find yourself stressed about what to make for dinner tonight? You’re not alone. In this workshop we’ll cover some tips and tools for creating a plan for weeknight suppers based on your family’s schedule and food preferences. You’ll go home with several weeks of meals planned.
Soup is the ultimate comfort food. A few delicious, hearty soup recipes can help you keep your sanity during the hectic holiday season. We’ll taste test some soups and talk about great sides to round out a simple, satisfying meal.
AGES 16+ : OCTOBER 17 WEDNESDAY : 6:30PM-8PM : HANNAFORD RESIDENTS $10 - NON-RESIDENTS $15
EATING TO PREVENT AND MANAGE PRE-DIABETES & TYPE 2 DIABETES 849001-A AGES 16+ : NOVEMBER 7 : DECISION DEADLINE OCTOBER 24 WEDNESDAY : 6:30PM-8PM : HANNAFORD RESIDENTS $10 - NON-RESIDENTS $15
Has your doctor expressed concern about your blood sugar? Does diabetes run in your family? Taking charge of your food choices to protect your health. In this store tour we’ll focus on the foods that help keep your blood sugar on track, and how to work more of them into your eating plan.
AGES 16+ : DECEMBER 5 : DECISION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 21 WEDNESDAY : 6:30PM-8PM : HANNAFORD RESIDENTS $10 - NON-RESIDENTS $15
SAVVY SUPERMARKET SHOPPING 549001-A AGES 16+ : JANUARY 16 : DECISION DEADLINE JANUARY 2 WEDNESDAY : 6:30PM-8PM : HANNAFORD RESIDENTS $10 - NON-RESIDENTS $15
Walk through Hannaford with a registered dietitian to discover the foods that offer the best nutrition. Learn the ins and outs of unit pricing, label reading, and how to spot marketing hype.
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HUNTER SAFETY COURSE 503000-A
ALL AGES : JANUARY 8-17 : DECISION DEADLINE DECEMBER 24 TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS : 6-8:30PM : SBSD This is a Vermont Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Sponsored course, which is required to obtain a valid Vermont Hunting License. Individuals must attend a required number of in-class hours, complete a mandatory shooting range session and pass a final exam to receive a certificate. Most of this course will then be completed on your own with an in-home workbook and course manual. This course meets 4 evenings during the week and will consist of a live fire range day on Saturday, January 19th (approximate time 9 a.m. -1:00 p.m.) Location of the fire range day is TBD. Instructor: Ken Robertson
DOG PUPPY KINDERGARTEN 563003-A
AGES 14+ : JANUARY 12-FEBRUARY 23 : DECISION DEADLINE DECEMBER 29 SATURDAYS 9AM-10AM : 6:45PM-8:15PM : CITY HALL RESIDENTS $130 : NON-RESIDENTS $135 This 6-week class is for puppies 9-20 weeks at start of class. This is the most important class you will ever take with your puppy! Learn how to develop a friendly, confident dog who loves learning and can go everywhere with you! We’ll cover “what to expect”, proper socialization, how to train, avoiding future problems, proper care, house training, puppy biting, and more. Puppy playtime during each session! Puppies will need to be on a flat collar or harness, and a 4-6’ regular leash (no retractables). You will need to bring lots of training treats and a towel or mat for your pup to lie on. All vaccination records will need to be brought to the first meeting night. This class is for children 8 and up. Children ages 8-13 must be accompanied by an adult but are encouraged to come. First class is for humans only. Instructor: Holly Godfrey - Owner Diamond in the Ruff Dog Training
CAPTURING THE LIGHT839001-A
AGES 16+ : NOVEMBER 1-29 : DECISION DEADLINE OCTOBER 25 THURSDAYS : 6:45PM-8:15PM : REC DEPARTMENT RESIDENTS $85 : NON-RESIDENTS $90 Come join us for a 4-week interactive course for both beginners and more advanced photographers. We will cover everything from light mechanics and sensor technology to operative and shutter speeds. You will learn how to implement these mechanics in your photography for a better final image. All Participants must bring their own digital camera to class. Instructor: Joshua Dustin, owner of “The Dog Blog” virginislandphotographer.com
DOG INTRO TO NOSEWORK, ODOR 1 AGES 14+ CLASS#
Nosework: Is a 5-week class that is fun, new sport that any dog can play (including elderly and handicapped dogs)! We teach dogs to use their amazing nose to find specific scents that are hidden, and they get great payoffs for finding them! This class will teach basic skills. Further classes increase challenge, and prepare for competition if desired. Dogs will need to be on a flat collar or harness, and a 4-6’ regular leash (no retractables). Participants will need to purchase an odor kit for $20. For a demo see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkXtAup14Sg . Children ages 8-13 must be accompanied by an adult but are encouraged to come. All vaccination records will need to be brought to the first meeting night. Instructor: Holly Godfrey - Owner Diamond in the Ruff Dog Training
55+ PROGRAMS BASIC MANNERS DOG TRAINING 563004-A AGES 14+ : JANUARY 12-FEBRUARY 23 : DECISION DEADLINE DECEMBER 29 SATURDAYS : 10:15AM-11:15AM : CITY HALL RESIDENTS $130 : NON-RESIDENTS $135 This 6-week class is for dogs 4 mos. to adult with little or no training. Get your dog started on being a “welcome anywhere” companion who loves learning! Covering the basics: how to train, focus on handler, recall, sit, stay, down, no-jump greetings, wait, leave it, polite leash walking. We’ll focus on dog and handler skills for the real world! Dogs will need to be on a flat collar or harness, and a 4-6’ regular leash (no retractables). You will need to bring lots of training treats and a towel or mat for your pup to lie on. All vaccination records will need to be brought to the first meeting night. This class is for children ages 8 and up. Children ages 8-13 must be accompanied by an adult and are encouraged to come. First class is for humans only. Instructor: Holly Godfrey Owner Diamond in the Ruff Dog Training SALT CAVE TRIP 856001-A AGES 55+ : NOVEMBER 8 : DECISION DEADLINE OCTOBER 25 THURSDAY : 1:15PM-4:15PM : CITY HALL RESIDENTS $40 : NON-RESIDENTS $48 Have you ever tried relaxing in a salt cave? The benefits of halotherapy (salt therapy) are wide-ranging, with practitioners reporting a myriad of health benefits including increased mental acuity, reduced stress, reduced inflammation, and improved moods. We’ll travel to Purple Sage Salon and Spa in Essex to try something new and different! HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR 555001-A AGES 55+ : DECEMBER 16 SUNDAY : 5:30PM-7:30PM : CITY HALL Join us for a magical evening of festive cheer as we board a coach bus and enjoy a lovely tour of area holiday lights and decorations. This two-hour tour is free to South Burlington Seniors, but don’t delay, space is limited. To secure your reservation, please call the Recreation Office at 846-4108.
AGES 50+ : YEAR ROUND : TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS : 9:00-10:00AM : REC. DEPT. This strength training program is intended for older adults age 50 and up, and is appropriate for anyone wanting to increase their upper and lower body strength, improve balance, agility, flexibility and quality of life. Age Well received a grant to pay for the certification for volunteers to be trained as leaders. Capacity of this class is limited. Please inquire about space availability with the Recreation Department.
YOUNG AT HEART CLUB
WEDNESDAYS : NOON-2:30PM : SB CITY HALL RESIDENTS $4 - NON-RESIDENTS $4 Possible program activities can include: Speakers, Bingo, Movie Matinee, Concert, Health & Wellness, Games, and more! We will meet each Wednesday for a meal at noon and free program. We look forward to this exciting opportunity to stay connected all year round! Our senior schedule is bursting with variety, based out of City Hall. You must pre-register for your meal one week in advance. You must pre-register for your meal by the Thursday before you plan to attend lunch.
AGES 18+ : YEAR ROUND MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS : 10-11AM : SB CITY HALL RESIDENTS $32 - NON-RESIDENTS $37 It’s a Low impact, less intense with plenty of energy style class. Chairs are used during strength or as needed. Carry in light weights, water & clean workout shoes to change into prior to class. This class is ideal for the active older adult, people with balance issues, arthritis, recovering from surgery, pregnant, just starting out, or just not ready for the higher impact/intense dance moves & strength workout.
SENIOR HOLIDAY MEAL 555000-A
AGES 55+ : DECEMBER 14 FRIDAY : 5:30PM-7:30PM : HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON Dawn your festive apparel and fa-la-la with us at our Senior Holiday Meal. Green Mountain Chorus will be entertaining us! Door prizes, delicious meal and great conversation with local seniors. This free meal is open to all South Burlington residents 55+ only. Pre-registration is needed, please call the Recreation Office at 802-846-4108 to secure your reservation. We would gladly pick up and drop off at any South Burlington senior housing facility.
AGE 55+ : TUESDAYS : 10:30AM-12:00PM DROP-IN PROGRAM : CITY HALL Tai Chi originated in ancient China and is practiced for its health benefits throughout the world by people of all ages. Slow, gentle and relaxed movements are combined with focused, deep breathing. It can be done standing, sitting by just about anyone in any location. Tai chi enhances relaxation and focus, reduces pain and stiffness, increased balance and strength and can even relieve some symptoms of insomnia and depression. Join us for this FREE health and wellness opportunity!
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Veterans Memorial Park 70 acres
Farrell Park 22 acres
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Off-Leash Dog Area
Wheeler Nature Park
Red Rocks Park 100 acres
Szymanski Park 20 acres
Overlook Park 1.7 acres
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Bay Crest Park 1.6 acres
City Center Park 7 acres Jaycee Park 6.9 acres
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Underwood Property 60 acres
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TWO NEW PARKS – GET OUT AND PLAY! Community Connections: Bay Crest Park Phase 1 While the weather didn’t cooperate with a planned morning of kite making and merriment, Bay Crest Park opened nonetheless in a fashion most appropriate; a gathering of interested neighbors who dressed for nature’s unpredictability and explored the newly forged pathway together. With the foundational elements of the park now in place, phase 2 will implement a natural play structure and amenities at the rear of the park. These playground elements will help support creativity and exploration, while still keeping the majority of the park open and available for play and recreation. The park has long been used by neighbors as a place to gather for informal whiffle ball, football, volleyball and other yard games; the intentional design of the park will both allow and encourage the continuation of those activities.
City Center Park Opening Makes Headlines at the State Level! Recently the Vermont State Department of Economic Development highlighted the City Center Park opening. Below is their published article.
South Burlington Completes its First Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Project On August 15, 2018, South Burlington city officials celebrated the completion of their first TIF Project, City Center Park, with a grand opening ceremony complete with bug box giveaways for the children present. Chair of South Burlington’s Recreation and Parks Committee, Jennifer
Kochman noted, “It is truly unique to have a park that incorporates so much natural and play area and trees that are in such close proximity to urban downtown.” The accessible park, designed by Landworks, was developed with input from citizens and is meant to help its visitors discover wonder and mystery. Park amenities include looping paths, an outdoor classroom, various natural play structures, and a wood spiral structure/art piece. Many of the structures were built by repurposing trees that had been taken down to make way for construction of the park paths and open areas. A shared use path will conveniently connect the park to city center’s Market and Garden Streets when the private sector develops the land just to the north of the park.
Maintenance Update: Thank you to those of you who have reached out with your concerns about the maintenance of this newly emerging park. There was a transition time after the park opening when the contractor hadn’t officially turned over the park to the city for maintenance to begin. In that limbo (peak summer month growing season), the weeds grew fast and furious. Once we heard of the issue, we were able to deploy the parks crew to immediate action. While still in its fledgling stage for native plant growth, you will now find the park much improved. Weeding in the protected beds is still in progress and some additional
punch list items are being taken care of by the contractor, so we anticipate fully welcoming this park to our inventory sometime in October. Additionally, we have had some questions about parking and access to the park. While there is a designated handicap spot at the Iby Street entrance, there is street parking available to the public on both Iby Street and Barrett Street. Eventually there will be connectivity to Market Street and additional parking will be supported there. However you access the park, take your time wandering the trails, viewing the wood spiral and connecting with nature.
Efforts by the local “Weed Warriors” provided for removal of invasive plants, which have been replaced with new native plants. The park promotes a “let it grow” initiative to support those new plantings, as well as a “leave no trace” ethic. City officials cited the necessity of establishing the TIF District as it provided the opportunity to envision a city center and the construction of the new park to serve it. In closing the ceremony, Betty Milizia, Co-Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, cited a poem by Jeff Foxworthy, “Dirt on My Shirt.” There’s dirt on my shirt And leaves in my hair There’s mud on my boots But I don’t really care Playing outside is so much fun To breathe the clean air And feel the warm sun To stomp in a puddle Or climb a big tree Makes me quite happy Just look and you’ll see
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OPEN SPACE UPDATE
n March of 2000 voters approved the creation of a Conservation Fund; establishing a permanent tax in the amount of one cent on the annual city tax rate. The purpose of these funds is to purchase land and rights in land to preserve open land and natural areas in the city. In 2008 the voters approved to modify the Conservation Fund to authorize its original use and in addition allow the fund to purchase land devoted to recreation use in the city. With an ever-growing inventory of land and no mechanism to pay for the much needed maintenance, in 2016, voters approved a $1.3 million bond (to be financed for a term of ten years) for the purpose of completing projects in the Open Space and Natural Area Plan.
so. Walking into Red Rocks Park, you feel as if you are entering a National Park. The wide carriage trails provide a network of nearly 3 miles of walking trails, sprinkled with breathtaking views of Shelburne Bay. The panorama of the Green Mountains from Wheeler Nature Park is equally impressive, as are the meticulously maintained gardens at the abutting homestead. For those who want to take in the westerly Adirondack and Lake Champlain scene, the knoll at Underwood won’t disappoint.
IF YOU HAVEN’T VISITED ONE OF THE NATURAL AREAS, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO.
To date, several projects have been completed. Most notably a master plan for Underwood Park and wayfinding installation at Red Rocks Park. In addition, the City has contracted with the Winooski Valley Park District and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to assist in trails maintenance and invasive plant management. Major overhauls in both Red Rocks and Wheeler Nature Park have drawn attention, as land has now opened up to allow for new native growth. What might look naked now, will quickly fill in as the understory grows.
The management of these projects has transitioned through several hands and the City has been looking for ways to streamline projects to ensure their swift completion. We are thrilled that Ashley Parker, City Project Manager, will now be taking over the open space project list and is actively working with several contractors to line up work completion.
On the immediate to do list is invasive species removal at all three of our natural areas. Along with this ongoing need, Ashley will be focusing on several erosion projects at Red Rocks, trails network and connectivity at Underwood, and development of pathways and the pollinator garden at Wheeler. Ashley’s dedicated time, project management experience and natural landscape expertise will speed significant progress. She will grow the Weed Warrior Program and implement other citizen-based work groups. She is also taking the staff leadership role with the Natural Resources Committee and will work to update the necessary management plans for all our open spaces. If you haven’t visited one of the natural areas, we encourage you to do
Whichever vantage point you choose, the majesty of these lands are sure to inspire. As Albert Einstein suggests “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”