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Another View: ARD provides many reasons to stay in Auburn this summer

By: Kahl Muscott, Guest Columnist
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I drive too much. This fact makes me painfully aware of gas prices, and I am sure many others have had a few choice words as they pull into a gas station.
However, instead of writing a column complaining about this hit to the wallet, I thought I would offer up five ways that the Auburn Recreation District (ARD) makes staying local a great way to spend the summer.
1) Programs galore: The Summer 2012 Activity Guide has recently hit the streets, and it is absolutely bursting with classes, camps and activities. Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandpas, grandmas and even the family dog will find an activity to their liking.
2) Pool fun: ARD has re-tooled its summer public swim schedule in an effort to provide more open swim time. Between Sierra Pool and the Splash Pool in Auburn and the Placer Hills Pool in Meadow Vista, you and your family should find plenty of time to cool off in a safe environment.
3) Events explosion: This column is not long enough to list all of the events happening in our parks and facilities this summer. Many of Auburn’s favorite festivities are coming back, including the always free to attend Party in the Park, June 15 at Regional Park. This year the electric Lisa Haley and the Zydecats are headlining the event that has become one of Auburn’s not-to-be-missed parties. A quick look at some of the other fun, free to attend events:
Pioneer Day at Meadow Vista Park – June 2
Confluence Festival at Overlook Park – June 10 
Movies in the Park - June 20, Aug. 1 at Recreation Park; July 11 at Regional Park
National Night Out at Recreation Park – Aug. 7
4) Gorgeous parks: Finding shade and beating the summer heat is easy at many of our beautiful, tree filled parks. I recommend taking a stroll around the pathways at Recreation, Regional and Meadow Vista parks or checking out the amazing Ashley Memorial Dog Park at Ashford Park. Any park you visit will offer fun, fitness and people at their finest. Pack a lunch, grab a blanket and come see why parks make life better.
5) The Great Auburn Obstacle Scramble: Our first ever obstacle course race will take place Saturday, Sept. 29 at Regional Park. Contestants will run a 1-mile course that tests balance, strength and endurance. The course contains nine different obstacles including balance beams, sled pulling and, of course, a mud pit. Start training now, and don’t wait to register as space is limited.
Enjoy your summer. Stay safe, drink lots of water and visit one of your parks. We are very happy to show them off!
Kahl Muscott is district administrator of the Auburn Recreation District.

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To learn more:
Details on these classes, events and parks can be found in the ARD Summer Activity Guide, online at www.auburnrec.com or by calling (530) 885-8461.