Powell's parks and recreation department has added a number of new programs to its next summer session.

Powell's parks and recreation department has added a number of new programs to its next summer session.

Programs this summer will include the science-based "Discovery Camp," "Princess and Pirate Tea Party," an American Girls class, "Daddy & Me," dog safety, T-ball league, inline skating camp, and "Becoming a Cake Boss," said Silas Bowers, assistant parks director.

"And don't forget that our regular classes still run through the summer as well: 'Tumblin4Kids' with Miss Shellie, 'On the Mat Martial Arts,' and baby-sitters' training are a few examples of those. We also have a rain garden workshop, digital camera class, and fondant classes," he said.

Last year, more than 700 people participated in summer programs, Bowers said.

"Numbers fluctuate a little, depending on what programs and events are offered, but they remain fairly consistent over the years," he said, adding the city anticipates this year will be "one of the best yet."

The city has been offering summer camps since the parks and rec program department was created in 2001.

"I hope that everyone takes a few minutes to thumb through our summer program guide and explore the many opportunities that are available," Bowers said.

The program offerings are reviewed and modified every season, Bowers said.

"This is done for various reasons, one of which is facility space," he said. "Since we do not have anything more than a couple of small classrooms, certain programs cannot be offered during the colder months. Once the weather warms up, it allows outdoor activities in our wonderful parks. Other classes are added or dropped based on requests, creative ideas or popularity."

Most of the department's camps are popular, Bowers said. Each offers opportunities that appeal to different types of children.

"We've got everything from science, skateboarding and cheerleading, to cake-making, animal camp, and soccer." Bowers said. "Of course, 'Safety Camp' is always popular and is almost always full."

Program descriptions are available at www.cityofpowell.us under the "Parks & Rec" link.

Program brochures will be delivered to residents' homes, said city spokesperson Jeff Robinson.

Registration will begin April 27 for residents and April 29 for nonresidents.