A series of youth summer camp sessions geared toward science, technology and math education, a kickball league for adults and the David H. Madison Community Pool season are among the recreation activities that will be offered in Bexley this summer.
Registration opened April 2 for summer activities offered through the city of Bexley's Recreation and Parks Department.
"We always are looking to find new opportunities for the community," said Michael Price, recreation director.
When planning to offer new activities, recreation department administrators select from ideas proposed by the public, class instructors and internal staff, Price said.
When a new class is under consideration, "we talk about what that class might look like and if there's a need," he said.
"We use all those different avenues for new classes," he said.
Among this summer's offerings will be STEM camps for youth, scheduled July 9-13 and Aug. 6-10 at the Maryland Elementary School library, 2754 Maryland Ave. The camps are available to children of various ages to learn engineering concepts through planning a cityscape, exploring space, and solving dilemmas in fairy tales such as "The Three Billy Goats and the Troll."
Other offerings for children include a Sensory Open Gym from 10 a.m. to noon April 14 and May 12 at Montrose Elementary School, 2555 E. Main St., for students with autism spectrum disorders. Activities will include sensory-stimulating exercises such as running, jumping and climbing.
While the Sensory Gym has proven popular with local families, "we're getting a lot of kids from outside of Bexley to attend, as well," said Barb Greiner, a recreation supervisor with the city.
The pool season begins May 26 with special events that include a Father's Day Splash Out on June 18, an Underwater Treasure Hunt for students in third grade and younger on July 4, and the annual "Paws in the Pool" swim day for dogs on Sept. 4.
Pool memberships for Bexley residents range from $103 for individual adults ages 55 and over to $330 for a family of six. Individual memberships for adults under the age of 55 have been reduced from last year's rate of $175 to $160.
"That was a result of evaluating prices for individuals, relative to the cost for a family of two," which is $265, Price said.
The Co-Rec Kickball League will play May 15 through July 17 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave. Participants must be 18 years or older and currently living or working in Bexley.
"A lot of communities are starting kickball leagues for adults," Price said. "We always try to offer something new."
For registration and more information, visit www.bexley.org/registration.