Dublin Villager

Special events set for national Parks and Rec Month

For national Parks and Recreation Month, Dublin will hold special events such as a drum circle and paddle boarding.

To honor the special month, Dublin will hold "I Rock Parks and Recreation" in July to encourage residents to be active and enjoy city parks.

"In Dublin we are fortunate to have such a fantastic park system that offers a variety of outdoor experiences for all ages," Matt Earman, director of recreation services, said in a news release.

"By offering a new slate of program opportunities in our parks, we hope residents will get out and visit them for the first time, experience them again in a whole new way and share their photos and favorite activities with the community," Earman said.

Activities to celebrate the month include Drum It! Family Circle from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, in Ballantrae Park which will show drumming for health.

Om in the Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park Shelter House will guide participants through mindfulness breathing techniques before going on a walking meditation.

Toddler Theater on Tour will offer Marlene Metz with music and a costumed character in the Scioto Park amphitheater 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16.

Lessons in kayaking and SUP Fitness will be provided 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in the south Scioto Park shelter.

In addition to learning the basics of kayaking, SUP Fitness, which includes strength training and yoga moves on a stand-up paddleboard, will be taught.

Five kayaks, five paddle boards and life jackets will be provided.

Morning Yoga is slated for 7 to 8 a.m. Friday, July 26, at the Scioto Park amphitheater and will incorporate hatha yoga into the routine.

To register for the events, go to the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

Kayaking is $55 for residents and $65 for nonresidents. All other activities are free.

Other do-it-yourself activities for the month will be posted on Dublin's website and offer a chance to win prizes.

Dublin residents can also show their love for city parks by filling out an "I Rock Dublin Parks and Recreation" flyer at the recreation center or by posting comments and sharing photos on city social media sites, recreation officials said.