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March at Widefield Parks & Recreation…

Important Dates:

March 6 - Spring Soccer & Cheerleading Registration Deadline
March 10 - 17 - Leprechaun Hunt
March 19 - St. Patrick's Day Celebration @ The Pool
March 21 - 25 - Spring Break Special Open Swim Hours - Monday - Saturday 1pm - 2:30pm!!

Celebrate With Us!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Come enjoy a green themed open swim in your favorite green swimsuit to enter the raffle for a prize! Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the little swimming leprechaun! Catch him and win his pot of GOLD! Celebrate with us on March 19 from 1 - 2:30pm! $2 special event admission fee. Please register your party for guaranteed entry! 

Create With Us!

Come craft and create with Ms. Piper in this class designed to reach your inner artist! We will be making two patchwork pillows. You will learn pattern cutting, how to use a sewing machine, and hand stitching. This class is good for beginner sewers ages 9 - 16. All materials and equipment are provided. You may bring your own sewing machine if you would like. Date: March 11 @ 8:30am - 12:30pm. Fee: $40. Register by March 3. 
 
Let's make some colorful art and then make it spin! In this class, we will discuss color theory, patterns, and make colorful art that really moves! All materials provided.
Date: March 11 @ 11am - 12pm. Ages: 6-15. Register by March 3. 
 
Do you have some towels you no longer use? Let's upcycle them! Bring at least 3 bath towels that you no longer use and you will learn how to make a cute, soft, absorbent bath mat out of them!
Date: March 12 @ 9am - 1pm. Ages: 18+. Register by March 3. 
 
This adult painting class is for beginners and seasoned painters alike. You'll be taken step by step through a seasonally-themed painting. You'll 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: March 16 @ 6:30 - 8:30pm. Ages: 16+. Register by March 9.
 
DIY slime, moon sand, & play dough - Oh My! Join us for this 2-day art camp where you'll get messy, while experimenting and exploring different textures and concoctions!
Date: March 21 - 22 @ 10am - 12pm. Ages: 8 - 15. Register by March 14.  
 
Join us for a cooking class specifically for 5th - 8th graders where we will learn how to follow basic recipes and prepare some delicious dishes.
Date: March 22 & 23 @ 11:30am - 1pm.  Register by March 17. 
 
This class is for beginner to mid-skilled sewers alike! Each participant will learn basic sewing skills by creating two hair scrunchies and a pair of shorts to take home! Cutting material, layout of project, threading the machine, sewing straight seams, pressing seams, and a small amount of hand sewing will be covered in this two-day class. All materials and equipment provided. You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine.
Date: March 23 & 24 @ 8:30am - 12:30pm. Ages: 9 - 16. Register by March 15. 
 
Make a flower arrangement that you do not have to water! In this class, you will learn how to make felt flowers and arrange them on an embroidery hoop that you can display at home or give as a gift. All materials are provided.
Date: March 30 @ 6:30 - 8:30pm. Ages: 16+. Register by March 22. 

Play With Us!

Start Spring Break off with a SPLASH! We have a special 1 - 2:30pm open swim Monday - Saturday! We are also open every Friday night from 5:30 - 7pm and every Saturday from 1 - 2:30pm! 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. Spots fill up fast! See our website for current Open Swim Hours

Get your team together and register for one of our Adult Coed Volleyball Leagues this spring. The recreational league (self-officiated) has a fee of $120 and the competitive league has a fee of $240. Each league will consist of eight games on Tuesdays, beginning March 15. We also are registering for our Grass Volleyball league if you are more of a grass player! The Grass League has a fee of $120 and games are self-officiated. Prizes for the winners! - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
 
Time to get your Softball team together and register for our spring season! Coed teams will play on Mondays and Men’s on Tuesdays. Each league has a team fee of $350. 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. Only $40! Sounds like a great Dill! Make sure you register for our March beginner or intermediate lessons! Relish the opportunity! 
Then, be sure to check the pickleball page to see when we have open gym play. Drop-ins are FREE!
 
Spring Soccer & Cheerleading registration is open through March 6.  Sign up to learn fundamentals of the sports in these 5 game outdoor leagues for just $35!
 
Challenger soccer is back with Tiny Tykes & Camps.  There will be a Spring Tiny Tykes session starting April 2.  Tiny Tykes is an exciting soccer child development program for ages 2 - 5 years.  Challenger is also bringing back the Spring Break Soccer Camp for 6 - 10 year olds!  Register now at challengersports.com before all the spots are filled! 

Move With Us!

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. Date: Mondays & Wednesdays @ 6 - 7:30pm (No class 3/21 & 3/23). Ages: 7+. Register by March 10. 
 
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 $3 per class!

Learn With Us!

Registration opens on March 21 for the 202/2023 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 after to complete all required paperwork. 
 
Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certification for oxygen administration, valid for 1 year and Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years. Participants must be 15 years or older and meet prerequisites. Register by March 25.
Class Dates: April 1 & 8 @ 4 - 7pm and April 2 & 9 @ 7am - 3pm
Location: Parks & Recreation Pool
Cost: $150/participant per 4-day session (*If you are hired on with us as a Lifeguard, we will reimburse the $150 fee after 150 hours of work!)

Save the Date:

April 1 - Summer Program Registration Opens! 
April 22 - Household Hazardous Waste Day - Registration is Required

New Recreation Center is coming to Widefield Parks and Recreation

We are excited to be moving forward with plans to build a new recreation center. After soliciting feedback from a facility expansion committee made up of community stakeholders and holding informational meetings at several schools across the district, we have completed conceptual plans for a new recreation center to be built on the main campus of Widefield Parks and Recreation located at 705 Aspen Drive. In collaboration with Architects LKA Partners and Nunn construction, we have spent the past several months working on the facility details during the design and development phase. Final design plans will be submitted for permits in the coming weeks. If materials are available as expected, we plan to start construction mid-April of 2022 with an estimated completion early May of 2023.
The new recreation center and surrounding area will have new and improved features for the community to enjoy. The campus will see improvements and expansion of current parking lots, roadway changes, and on-site stormwater. The new facility will be approximately 65,000 square feet. The first floor will include a gymnasium containing three full-size basketball courts, dividing curtains, storage rooms, and a suspended walking track around the interior perimeter; two community meeting rooms with a kitchen; a child watch/preschool area, with storage, and teacher work rooms; an administration area; and men’s and women’s locker rooms. A second floor will include two exercise rooms, outdoor exercise deck, cardio, fitness and weight areas with staff offices. In a future phase, a 13,860 square feet lap pool and zero entry recreation pool will be added on the building.
Funding
Construction is expected to cost $22.5 million.
  • $17 million in certificates of participation (COPs) bonding
  • $5.5 million from the Widefield Parks and Recreation general fund
The debt service to pay back the COPs will be paid from:
  • Annual $1 million general fund transfer

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 Facility Expansion 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: 
  • Seasonal Grounds
  • Summer Camp Program Leader
  • Summer Camp Support
  • Tennis Instructor
  • Sports Officials
  • Lifeguards
  • Swim Lesson Instructors 
Please visit our website for more information.
 
 

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
 
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!