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City to offer more than 800 recreation programs


The Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is rolling out a number of new program offerings and is bringing back some old standards as it gears up for a new season.

Online registration will open March 20 for a myriad of classes set to begin in April.

Registration can be completed online at uaoh.net for those seeking to ensure a spot in spring classes; in-person registrations will be accepted beginning March 25 at the parks and recreation department at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

A full list of this year's course offerings will be posted online and in the Upper Arlington Activity Guide.

The guide will be included as an insert with the March 21 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.

Additional copies of the publication will be mailed to past program participants, and the activity guide will be available at the municipal services center, Upper Arlington Public Library branches and local businesses.

"Classes begin the first week in April," said James Gant, UA Parks and Rec superintendent. "We have classes that will run six weeks. Times range, and the lengths of classes will range, as well."

In addition to familiar programs, such as "Hippie Hippie Shake, The Art of Music" and the "Father/Son Golf Clinic," Gant said his department has added a wealth of new classes this year in an ongoing attempt to widen appeal.

"Most of them are new classes but some of them are classes we have done before with a new twist," he said. "During the spring and summer, we are offering over 800 recreation programs and sessions."

Among the new offerings are "Boo Boo Boomerang," a one-day introduction to the boomerang, led by world champion Chet Snouffer; a beginner's sailing course called "Sail Alum Creek"; and "The Thrill of the Grill," a tutorial on professional grilling methods taught by Marc Stitt of Velvet Smoke BBQ, a three-time grand champion on the Kansas City Barbeque Society competition circuit.

"We have classes for ages from 0 to 103," Gant said. "We run the whole gamut."

He said he's particularly excited this spring to offer "Sing & Sing," a class that teaches sign language to infants; "Groove U," a behind-the-scenes look at making a music video; "New You," a program to address childhood obesity; and a hot-air ballooning class where participants will learn about hot-air balloons and, depending on weather, will take a tethered hot-air balloon ride.

Additionally, there will be a tour of Columbus-area taco trucks for ages 18 and older, a "Kayak Clinic" led by The Outdoor Source, and "Camp Rock," a program for students in grades 8-12 where they'll work with local musicians to learn various playing techniques and have the opportunity to perform at a city-sponsored concert this summer.

"Some of the programs are just ideas we've had for classes we think would be popular," Gant said. "We price each class according to what the class costs to put on, so participants are paying for the class and not the (average) taxpayer.

"There is a nonresident fee that increases due to the fact those people are not paying taxes in Upper Arlington."