Bexley News

Rec department's offerings reflect new ideas, former favorites


An increased number of dance classes, a wrestling league and the second annual Splish, Splash & Dash Youth Triathlon are among the program highlights in the city of Bexley Recreation and Parks Department's fall brochure.

The brochure was to be officially released today, July 31, and registration for programs begins Monday, Aug. 4.

"There's some adjustments to existing programs," Recreation Director Michael Price said. "A lot of the same exciting programs are back again this year."

One new feature is that participants who enroll in fall dance classes will have first priority when registering for winter sessions, Price said.

"That will be a good thing for the kids and instructors with consistency," he said.

The fall brochure also includes more gymnastics classes.

"We're doing a lot more tumbling classes, basic gymnastics," Price said.

Based on the popularity of youth wrestling programs, a new league will be offered. The goal is to motivate youth to take their skills to the next level, Price said.

"The kids are getting a good base of knowledge and they're getting to the point where they can compete," he said.

Children also have the opportunity to compete in the Splish, Splash & Dash triathlon on Aug. 16, beginning at the Jeffrey Park Clinton Shelter House on the grounds of Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave.

"We got a lot of good feedback" on last year's inaugural event, he said. "We had 150 participants last year. Our goal this year is to be closer to 250, 300 (participants)."

Those who would like to contribute to the department's youth scholarship fund can sign up for the Insanity and Tabata Fitness Fundraiser on Sept. 13 in the Maryland Multipurpose Room at Jeffrey Mansion.

"That's an opportunity to be introduced to some new fitness styles," Price said.

Another popular event is the annual Bexley Family Community Campout at Jeffrey Park, which will be held Sept. 12-13.

"We encourage anyone to register sooner rather than later because we only have so much space in the park for tents," Price said. "The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will help us have another successful event."

For registration and more information about these and other recreation programs, call 614-559-4300.