With the arrival of a new year comes a fresh slate of local recreation programming.

Registration for classes listed in the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department's winter/spring brochure begins at noon Monday, Jan. 8, for residents and noon Wednesday, Jan. 10, for nonresidents.

When deciding which new programs to offer, the department considers requests from residents, class proposals from instructors and ideas the staff has generated, said recreation director Michael Price.

"We sit down with the staff and we say, 'Where are the gaps? What are the opportunities we need to be hitting?' " he said.

One new offering is Nerf Games, similar to laser tag but played with Nerf darts, that will be offered in 90-minute sessions on Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and March 24 at the Maryland Elementary School gym, 2754 Maryland Ave. Participants can pay $10 for a single session or $25 for all three.

"The idea is to get the kids out of the house on Saturday morning during the winter," Price said. "When they're cooped up, it's an opportunity to get out and be active."

For children with autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and other special needs, the department will offer a free Open Sensory Gym on Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 10 at the Montrose Elementary School gym, 2555 E. Main St.

"We've had really good feedback about it," Price said. "What's most important is the opportunity it presents for our community."

Other children's programming includes a youth triathlon clinic on March 10, which is designed "to keep kids active and thinking about the full triathlon in the fall," Price said.

For adults, an Introduction to Ayurveda class will be held Feb. 7 at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave. Ayurveda is a traditional practice from India that emphasizes disease prevention through healthy life choices.

"It's a sister science to yoga," Price said. "We're trying to add some more health and wellness programs."

For adults age 55 and older, the Bexley Activities Club will offer "Fun Days" at Bexley City Hall, 2254 E. Main St., that include movie screenings, bingo and other activities.

"We want to continue to provide programming for older adults," Price said.

The department also has something that should appeal to those already looking forward to summer. Residents can get a jump on things by purchasing pool memberships at an "early bird" discount through April 1.

For registration and more information about programs, visit Bexley.org/Recreation or call the department at 614-559-4300.

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