Olentangy Valley News

Indoor fun combats relentless cold


As winter weather continues to slam central Ohio, Powell officials want residents to know the city’s Parks and Recreation department doesn’t just focus on the great outdoors.

Residents can stay warm while exercising with their children, learning to cook or practicing martial arts through the city’s winter recreation programs.

While some of the programs, such as tumbling and martial arts, already have started, others, such as children’s cooking and art classes, are set to begin in the coming months.

City spokeswoman Megan Canavan said the city is working on launching a new online registration system for its recreation programs.

“We estimate the online registration will be available in early February,” she said.

Until then, residents can register for classes at the city’s Municipal Building, 47 Hall St., or via email to avogel@cityofpowell.us. Payments must be made in person or through the mail.

Canavan said after the new online registration system is available, residents will be able to make payments online.

The city offered online registration in the past through software purchased in 2004 for $14,889 that is no longer supported by the developer, Canavan said. She said the city switched to a less-expensive system, which cost $12,000, instead of buying new registration software from the original vendor.

Canavan said many of the programs fill up, so residents interested in signing up for popular classes should call, email or visit the Municipal Building to find out if spots are still available.  

“All of the tumbling classes are very popular (as well as) the Zing Athletic classes,” she said.

The Zing Athletic classes include cheerleading, golf and soccer for children ages 3-10.

The programs are not just limited to children. The city will offer landscape care and CPR classes, among others, for adults.

Stroller Strides, which allows mothers to exercise in an environment that’s safe for young children, will be offered at multiple dates and times at the Municipal Building.

“There are a lot of classes that the parents can come in and participate with their children,” Canavan said.

Residents looking for more information on the city’s recreation programs, including a full catalog of winter programs, may visit cityof powell.us/government-parksrec.php.