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July Newsletter

Important Dates:

July 1 - Fall Program Registration Opens - Check out our program guide!
July 2 - 4th of July Celebration at the Pool
July 4 - WPR Office Closed, WPR Pool & Fitness open until 2:30pm
July 8 - Movie in the Park: “Encanto”
July 10 - Fall Soccer, Flag Football & Cheerleading Registration Deadline
July 23 - Tracy Vsetecka Memorial Walk
July 29 - Movie in the Park: “Sing 2”

Celebrate With Us!

Free Movies in the Park returns Summer 2022 with a traveling road show. Join us on July 8 at Grand Mountain School for “Encanto”. The movie will begin at dusk.

Celebration at the Pool 
Stars, stripes, and splashes! Come cool off in the pool and have a bomb pop on us! Make sure to wear your best patriotic swimsuit for a chance to win a free Plunge Pass! Celebrate with us July 2 from 3 - 4:30pm for our 4th of July Celebration!! Please register your party for guaranteed entry! 

Tracy Vsetecka Memorial Walk
Join us on July 23 for the 4th Annual Tracy Vsetecka Memorial Walk, starting at 8am. Check-in will be in front of the upper concessions off Widick Dr. by the Green Field.

Tracy Vsetecka was a principal in the Widefield School District 3 for over 13 years. Her unexpected passing affected many throughout the community. Her family has joined with Widefield Parks & Recreation and Woodland Wanderers to extend her celebration of life and enjoyment of exercise to the community with a non-competitive walking event in her honor. Tracy's engaging presence, positive nature, and ever-present smile made a lasting impact on all she knew and those she had only just met. Join us for a walk down memory lane and an opportunity to donate to the Tracy Vsetecka Scholarship Fund to continue her legacy.

Shirts/Apparel can be purchased at the event. Sale proceeds will be donated to her scholarship. The 5K walk will begin and end on the Green Field at the Widefield Parks & Recreation campus. The course map will be released closer to the event.

Create With Us!

Painting P-art-y - Mountain Hills
This adult painting class is for beginners and seasoned painters alike. You'll be taken step by step through a mountain hills scene, learn mixing techniques, and layer effects! Our art instructor directs you through the painting process to help bring out your inner artist. Every student will walk away with a canvas painting. No need to bring anything with you, except your creativity! Date: August 31. Ages: 16 and up. Fee: $25. Register by: August 26. 

Crafting with Ms. P. - Junk Journal
Come create and craft with Ms. Piper in these classes designed to reach your inner artist! In this class, we will be making your own personalized junk journal. We will use fun paper, material, and doodads to create something custom and unique. You can use it to write in, draw in, and save mementos and pictures! Date: September 16 @ 10am - 12pm. Ages: 9 and up. Fee: $25. Register by: September 12. 

Adult Junk Journal
Enjoy two nights out and craft with Ms. P! You will make a detailed junk journal to match your personality, using fun paper, material, paint, and charms of your choice! Date: September 19 & September 21 @ 6:30 - 8:30pm. Fee: $35. Ages: 16 & up. Register by: September 14. 

Painting P-Art-y - Fall Trees
This adult painting class is for beginners and seasoned painters alike. You'll be taken step by step through a fall trees scene, learn mixing techniques, and layer effects! Our art instructor directs you through the painting process to help bring out your inner artist. Every student will walk away with a canvas painting. No need to bring anything with you, except your creativity! Date: September 28 @ 6:30 - 8:30pm. Ages: 16 and up. Fee: $25. Register by: September 23. 


Play With Us!

Cool off at the pool and splash park! We are open 7 days a week with open swim times to accommodate the whole family! Did you know we have a diving board, rock wall, and a Wibit bridge? Or you can just come in and play! (Some people just float around!) Patrons must register each person in their party on SignUp prior to open swim. Everyone who enters the facility will have to pay admission whether they are swimming or not due to building capacity. Spots fill up fast! See our website for Open Swim Hours

Get your team together and register for our Fall Adult Volleyball Indoor League. Competitive ($300/team) and recreational leagues ($180/team) available. Registration deadline is August 14, games will start August 23. We also are registering for our Fall Grass Volleyball league if you are more of a grass player! The Grass League has a fee of $180 and games are self-officiated. Prizes for the winners!  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Time to get your Softball team together and register for our fall season! Coed teams will play on Mondays and Men’s on Tuesdays. Each league has a team fee of $450. Registration is now open! 

Come learn the fundamentals of the fastest growing sport in America! Pickleball lessons are now being offered! Sessions are a total of 4 hours, Monday through Thursday. Sounds like a great Dill! Make sure you register for our beginner and intermediate lessons! Relish the opportunity! - NOW OFFERING MORNING SESSIONS! Be sure to visit our pickleball page for the full list of session dates. Great minds dink alike!

Calling all cornhole players! If you are interested in socializing, sinking a few bags, all while having a blast, register for our Fall Adult Cornhole league. League is open to players 16 and up. Registration deadline is August 14 and the fee to play is $50 per team. League starts in August!

Love to run? Join us in the CARA Cross Country team. The CARA Cross Country program gives kids ages 6 - 14 the opportunity to participate in cross country meets against other recreation districts in Colorado. Participants will run different distances based on their age. Meets will be held on Saturdays at various locations across the state (participants are responsible for transportation to and from meets). The season begins in August and culminates in October. Register by August 29th.

There will be a Fall Tiny Tykes session starting August 6. Tiny Tykes is an exciting soccer child development program for ages 2 - 5 years. It takes place on Saturdays from August 6 through September 24.

Registration is now open for Fall Flag Football, Soccer, and Cheerleading.  Sign up today for the season that runs from August - October. You can volunteer to coach while registering your child. Registration ends on July 10.

Move With Us!

Come Get Fit With Us
We have so many Fitness classes to choose from, check us out! View our current schedule or pick one up in the office. Drop in for only $4 per class!

Martial Arts - July & August
With martial arts as a foundation, participants have the opportunity to develop self-awareness and self-confidence. GOJO-RYU KARATE is a comprehensive martial art derived from the Okinawan system of self-defense. Participants of all skill levels can benefit from this program by relieving stress, help with weight loss, coordination, balance, flexibility, stamina, and assist in self-control. Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays in July and August @ 6 - 7:30pm. *No class on July 4. Fee: $85. 

 Yogi Kids - August & September
Join this introductory class that focuses on relaxation, fun, and movement! Yoga is a great activity to start at a young age, it enhances flexibility, strength, coordination, body awareness, and confidence. Dates: Wednesdays @ 5 - 5:45pm - August 3 - September 28. Ages: Kindergarten - 5th grade. Fee: $45. Register by August 2.   

Learn With Us!

CPR & First Aid - Blended Learning
This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. You will learn how to recognize and treat the following conditions and emergencies: unconsciousness, broken bones, head, neck, and back injuries, stroke, diabetic emergencies, seizures, fainting, poisoning, recognizing signals of heart attack, and more. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion and must be taken on a PC or tablet with a high speed Internet connection. Allow approximately 3 hours to complete the online portion. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Date: August 6 @ 9 - 11am.
Fee: $70. Register by: July 29.  

Creative Kids & Terrific Tots Preschool
Registration is now open for the 2022/2023 school year! We offer separate programs for 3 and 4 year olds in order to meet the needs of each student, providing them the opportunity to love learning while preparing them for Kindergarten. Check the Preschool page on our website for details. Register in person to complete all required paperwork. 

Save the Date:

August 7 - Last Open Sunday For The Pool
August 12 - Movie in the Park: “Spider Man: No Way Home” 
August 16 - First Day of Preschool

What’s new at WPR?

Active Net Account Credits - Widefield Parks and Recreation is in the process of implementing a new registration software system, Civic Rec.  We will be transitioning out of Active Net on September 28, 2022. 
Many of our community members currently have a credit on their Widefield Parks and Recreation account. That credit will expire on September 28, 2022.

If your account has a credit, please choose one of the following options:
1. Use the account credit for any registration, membership, or drop-in activity with Widefield Parks and Recreation, prior to September 28, 2022.
2.  Request that the credit be refunded to you via check, prior to September 28, 2022. If you choose this option, you will need to contact Nicole Reeves, Manager, at 719-391-3527 or reevesn@wsd3.org with the following information:
First & Last Name
Mailing Address
The process of receiving the funds will take about two weeks.
3. Donate the credit to the Aaron Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship Fund, to support community members who do not have the financial ability to participate in programs and activities at Widefield Parks and Recreation. If you choose this option, please contact Nicole Reeves, Manager, at 719-391-3527 or reevesn@wsd3.org. 

Refund Policy - Effective immediately, Widefield Parks and Recreation has implemented a new refund policy. We recognize that participants need to withdraw or miss activity sessions due to unforeseen circumstances. Registration fees are based on a variety of costs determined by the number of staff required, supply cost, and overhead fees, based on the number of registered participants. Because many of these costs must be paid in advance, withdrawals result in costs to Widefield Parks & Recreation. We appreciate your understanding.

Fee Increases - Due to the rising cost of staffing, supplies, and other expenses, Widefield Parks and Recreation will increase activity fees and drop in rates in order to maintain quality programming and opportunities for our community members.

The History of the Widefield School District 3 and WPR Partnership

History
The Security Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District was established August 20, 1960. In 1965, land was purchased on Aspen Drive and a community center, pool, two fields, and a playground were built by the end of 1966. In 1977, the park and recreation district found itself unable to pay $165,000 in bond debt. At that time, Widefield District 3 agreed to pay off the bonds while assuming all assets and services. The assimilation took place on January 1, 1978, and Widefield School District 3 Community Education and Recreation Services was formed. Thus creating the only park and recreation district owned and operated by a school district in the state of Colorado.  In 2016, the department was renamed Widefield Parks and Recreation.

Partnership
Since WSD3 took control of the parks and recreation department, a unique and mutually beneficial relationship has grown and prospered. Thousands of youth and adults within the school district have participated in special events, learned how to swim, and competed in sports. Without the guidance from the WSD3 board of education, the sharing of district facilities, and a common vision, the growth of programs would have stalled. Community events like movies in the park, annual tree lighting, and community education classes make living in the Security/Widefield area and working for WSD3 a special place. Having the school district and parks and recreation work together allows both groups to shape the culture and seek innovation within the established traditions of the community. 

The Future and Beyond
Growth, prosperity, and innovation of Widefield School District 3 has positively influenced Widefield Parks and Recreation. On April 5, Widefield Parks and Recreation had a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of a new recreation center. After an estimated 12-month construction period, a grand opening will be held June of 2023. The recreation center and already constructed fitness focused multi-aged playground are anchors of the main WPR campus located at 705 Aspen Drive and supports the vision of making the area a community hub and a resource for residents and district employees. The new spaces at Widefield Parks and Recreation are an extension of Widefield School District 3, and will provide a place for recreational, educational, and social activities for staff, students, and families in the Widefield community. Currently, membership fee structures are being built to use the pool and recreation center. Discounts will be given to current and retired WSD3 employees and residents of the school district. Information will be available to the public via the WPR website, monthly newsletter, and social media around the end of 2022 with early-bird discounts given to those who purchase memberships in the spring of 2023. For updates and more details on the construction process, please visit the  WPR Recreation Center webpage on our website.

Living and working in Widefield is special. Having a caring and community focused school district that invests in the lives of people daily helps Widefield feel like Widefield.

WPR Recreation Center

Impact of Construction
During the twelve month construction period, our campus will see several impacts. Parking lots, road ways, and sidewalks will have changes and improvements. This will make the campus easier to navigate and more accessible. Unfortunately during construction, some areas will be closed off and parking will be limited. The new recreation center and campus roadway improvements will allow us to better serve the community needs in the future. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

We invite you to visit our WPR Recreation Center webpage for the most up to date information on the new recreation center. 

Join our Team

We are looking for enthusiastic, self driven, and motivated people to join our team. Currently we are accepting applications for the following positions: 

  • Tennis Instructor

  • Lifeguards

  • Fitness Instructors 

  • Swim Lesson Instructors 

Please visit our website for more information.
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From the School District

Widefield School District 3 is hiring!
Substitute/Guest staff are a valuable resource in our schools and support our students when classroom Teachers or Educational assistants must be absent. All Substitute/Guest staff members are able to select the days and schools they would like to work.

The following positions are available: 

  • Guest Teacher

  • Guest Educational Assistants

  • Bus Drivers

There are also several full-time licensed and non-licensed positions available. Please contact the WSD3 Human Resources Office for information on how to apply and to see if you are qualified; 719-391-3015, humanresources@wsd3.org. Thank you for the consideration in supporting our students!

Family Resources
We have a list of family resources including mental & behavioral health, housing, clothing, food, childcare, employment, and suicide prevention on the Distrcit website, wsd3.org

Save The Dates!
Widefield School District 3 in partnership with Pikes Peak Christian Church is hosting a Backpack Bash on Saturday, August 6 between 10am and 1pm at Pikes Peak Christian Church. FREE backpacks and school supplies will be available for students! There will also be other activities, entertainment, and services. 

The District Parade will take place on Saturday, September 24. The parade begins at 10:30am from the Big R parking lot and ends at C.A. Foster Stadium. The rivalry football game between Mesa Ridge and Widefield starts at 1pm.