City Parks And Recreation Department Upcoming Events & Activities

Monday, April 18, 2011

Activities & Events for April 18–24

City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department’s 3rd Annual City-wide Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Celebration. Thurs. April 21st 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Warner Park! Everyone is invited! Free and fun event for children and families. Participants, ages
0 – 10, will be divided into 4 age groups over 4 softball fields. Each field will have a sign-in table for one of these 4 age groups: 0-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. Registration is 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the sign-in table for each age category. There will also be a “Glow in the Dark” egg hunt later in the evening for older kids ages 11- 15, concession stand picnic specials, prizes, talent showcase, games, goodies bags, and special guests The Easter Bunny and Spring Chicken! Plenty of parking at the Holtzclaw and 3rd Street entrances. Call 643-6081.

Outdoor Chattanooga’s Annual Outdoor Expo and Rock/Creek Gear Swap Saturday Apr. 23rd 10 to 4 at Coolidge Park Exhibits and gear swap, outdoor clubs, sail boats, outfitters, retailers, conservation groups, summer camps, games, & demonstrations. Free.
Call Ruthie Thompson at (423) 643-6889.

Recreation Centers & Related Programs:

City Offices and Recreation Centers/Facilities Closed for Good Friday: Friday, April 22nd

“21 Day Fitness Challenge” at Brainerd Rec. Center: Youth & Teens Ages 11 - 16

1010 N. Moore Rd. Continuing through May 2nd Monday – Friday 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. 21 day healthy exercise and eating program for youth and teens free of charge. ‘Friends of Families’ Bryan Mitchell and Brainerd Rec. Center’s Demetrius Alexander are working with youth and teens from our recreation centers city-wide who are willing to try this weight-loss and active lifestyle program that is designed to raise awareness about childhood obesity and generate healthy lifestyle habits. Call 425-3600.

“Spring Tune-up” Swim Team Clinic South Chattanooga Rec. Center Pool:
1151 W. 40th St. April 18th - May 19th (5 week session) Monday & Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 pm at S. Chattanooga Pool

A skills and drills program for ages 7-11 focusing on mechanics of the four competitive strokes.
Each swimmer must be able to swim 50 yards of the pool freestyle. Cost: $50.00
Call Peggy Grall at 697-1385.

BCBS Health Fair - Wed. April 20th 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Main Facility

The Parks and Recreation Department is participating and providing information on summer camps and the Warner Park Pool and
“Spray & Play” water playground.

“Rabies Clinic” at John A. Patten Rec. Center: Fri. April 22nd 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
3202 Kelley Ferry Rd. (Lookout Valley) Opportunity to have pets vaccinated for a reasonable price.
This is a city-wide program with numerous locations and it will be happening April 22, 23, 29 & 30.
Contact: Melissa Gannon Call the John A. Patten Center at 825-5955
or McKamey Pet Adoption Center at 305-6500.

Sports Programs:

“Reviving Baseball in the Inner City”R.B.I: Games Starting Mon. April 18th
Games played at Warner Park, East Lake and Avondale Recreation Centers. Major League Baseball sponsored program for inner city youth
ages 4 – 19. Skills development, character education, physical activity, and social fun city-wide. Cost is $50.00 per participant.
Call Kenneth Simpson at 355-3021.

Sports Tournaments:
SOFTBALL at Warner Park –April 22nd & 23rd – Charlie Stephens Youth Fast Pitch
SOFTBALL at The Summit – No Tournaments

TENNIS at Champions Club – April 20th – 23rd Southern Conference Men and Women

Summer Camp Programs-Registration Now:

Outdoor Chattanooga will offer 2 – week long Outdoor Camps Back by Popular Demand!
June 27th - July 1st or July 25th – 29th for ages 7-15 at Greenway Farm. Activities include mountain biking, hiking, disc golf and canoeing on N. Chickamauga Creek, nature study, team building, and more. Sessions run Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $200. Kids bring their own lunches.
Call Tiffany Herron at (423) 842-6629.

Summer 2011“Kidz Kamp” at the Recreation Centers Sign-up kids ages 6 – 12 for summer fun at the City’s recreation centers. Cost is $75.00 per child per 2 week session or $280.00 per child for the entire summer. Call Kim Battle at 643-6052.

Summer Folk Art Camp at Frances B. Wyatt Rec. Center Back by Popular Demand!
406 Colville St. “Fun and Funky Recycled Art Camp” for 3 age groups this summer: June 6th – 10th: Ages 3 - 5 Mon. – Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. July 11th – 15th: Ages 6 – 9 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and July 25th – 29th: Ages 10 – 12 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost: $75.00 per child. Arts & craft projects using a variety of media & recycled objects, outdoor fun, laughter yoga. Contact Ms. Tracy at 825-5955.

Summer Tennis Camp at the Champions Club Tennis Complex
Rivermont Park 1096 Lupton Dr. 4 – one week sessions. Monday - Friday 9:00 am to Noon
Fun Instruction, skills development, practice & play provided by professional tennis coaches & instructors.
Cost: $165.00 per person. Call Orlando Lourenco at 870-3112.

“Camp Zoo-Ability”at the Chattanooga Zoo - Registration Is OPEN!
Day camp for individuals with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Swimming, arts, music, Zoo fun, & games. 3 - one week camps for each age group: Ages 22+: May 23 - 27, Ages 6 - 11: June 20 - 24,
Ages 12 - 21: July 11- 15 Cost: $75.00 per week Application with payment is required to reserve a space. For more information, or to register,
contact Elaine Adams at 697-1345.

Park Events:

Outdoor Chattanooga’s Annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap: Saturday Apr. 23rd
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Coolidge Park Exhibits and gear swap, outdoor clubs, sail boats, outfitters, retailers, conservation groups, summer camps, games, & demonstrations. Free. Call Ruthie Thompson at (423) 643-6889.

Stuart Heights Church Easter Egg Hunt at Coolidge Park: Sun. April 24th 9:00 a.m. - noon
There is a huge billboard on Hixson Pike promoting this event that says 60,000 eggs! Call Gary Jared at 877-2643

Outdoor Chattanooga & Related Events:

“Ride the Bend” Historic Bicycle Tours Begin Sat. Apr. 23rd at the Outdoor Expo 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.. An interpretive ranger from Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will lead participants on a 6 mile ride & provide information about the Moccasin Bend
National Archaeological District. Bring your own bike or borrow one from Outdoor Chattanooga’s Fleet. Helmets are required.
To learn more or reserve a bicycle, call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.

Adaptive Paddling Workshops: Outdoor Chattanooga adaptive paddling programs on Thurs.
April 28th 10:00 a.m. to noon at S. Chattanooga Rec. Center Pool and Tues. Apr. 26th 7:45 to 9:00 p.m. at UTC indoor pool. People with disabilities can get basic skills and knowledge needed to go kayaking and canoeing. Call Tiffany Herron at (423) 842-6629.

Outdoor Chattanooga Family Camp Out Sat. Apr. 30 – Sun. May 1
Outdoor Chattanooga's Family Camp Out, 2 p.m. Saturday through 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at Greenway Farm. Our experienced staff will assist with everything from tent and kitchen set-up to fun family activities. We will cook creative, delicious meals for dinner and breakfast as well as provide snacks. Open for all ages. Rain or Shine. Cost is $50 for a family of up to four and $10 for each additional child. Reservations are required.
To reserve your spot and learn more, call Terri Chapin at (423) 842-6629.


”Spray & Play” Water Playground at Warner Park Opening on Sat. May 7th!
The Spray Ground at Warner Park will be open every Saturday and Sunday in May from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Ages 2 and under – Free, 3 -12 years - $2.00, and ages 13 and over - $3.00
The swimming pool will open over Memorial Day weekend. Call Peggy Grall at 697-1385.

“Job Fair” for Teens & young Adults at Westside (Sheila M. Jennings) Center:
Thurs. April 28th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 1201 Poplar St. Local companies, career planners, and training programs offer information and resources for this community. Call Regina Preston at 756-3541.

Scenic City “Adaptive Cycling”at the TN Riverwalk: Mon. April 25th 6:00 p.m.
Monday evening rides for people who have physical and visual disabilities. Free. Offered by the City’s TR program, SPARC, Disabled Sports USA, & Outdoor Chattanooga. Hand cycles, tandem and 3-wheel bikes available. Must Pre-register. Call Elaine Adams at 697-1345.

“Drop Off Old Drugs” at East Chattanooga Weed & Seed Office Sat. April 30th

“Parents Spotlighting Teens” Program at Shepherd Rec. Center: starting Mon. May 2nd 2124 Shepherd Rd. 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Free six week curriculum-based program especially for parents of teenagers to practice techniques for finding solutions to teen concerns, such as: conflict resolution, anger management, bullying, nutrition, health and wellness, building relationships, and teen driving.
Call Ms. Ivy at 855-2697.

Cooking Classes for Teens at Westside (Sheila M. Jennings) Community Center: 4 Thursdays in May. May 5th , 12th , 19th & 26th Fun class for girls and boys to learn how to prepare small meals in 30 minutes, read labels, and practice healthy eating.
Call Regina Preston at 756-3541.

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