Auburn Recreation District offers its forecast for 2010

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By: Kahl Muscott Auburn Recreation District
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Like many public agencies and private businesses, the Auburn Area Recreation and Park District (ARD) faced strong economic realities in 2009. Budget cuts, increases in expenses and less than desirable forecasts highlighted the year for your local parks and recreation agency. 2010 is shaping up to be much of the same, however we are as committed as ever to providing excellent parks, services and events for this new year. Here is a sampling of what we have planned: Projects: 2010 will find ARD continuing its focus on repair and maintenance of the aging infrastructure in our parks and facilities. A major renovation of the large soccer field in Meadow Vista, a volunteer-led remodel of the lifeguard building at Sierra Pool and a host of repairs and patches to parking lots and walkways highlights the project list. There is also one new feature that will be added — a three-quarter-mile loop trail around Recreation Park. This loop trail will provide an ADA-accessible asphalt path to several areas of the park, and is being paid for in part by a $107,000 grant from the Land Water Conservation Fund. Programs: ARD continues to offer a remarkable breadth of classes, programs, leagues and camps. Watch for an expanded emphasis on classes and activities promoting healthy lifestyles for the entire family. And don’t forget to get your discount Passport to Better Health, still the best deal in town. Active adults should check out ARD’s ever popular senior volleyball and the relatively new, but very popular pickleball, played weekly at Meadow Vista Park. Of course ARD is still home to wonderful sports for kids, including the Auburn Robalos Swim Team, the Auburn Mermaids Synchronized Swim Team and the ARD-YDL Youth Basketball League. Furthermore, ARD’s Discovery Club and Summer Day Camp will bring back the education, nurturing and fun that have been a staple of these long running services. All of these programs offer affordable opportunities for athletic and social growth to the youth of our community. These programs, and so much more, can be found in ARD’s most recent activity guide or online at www.auburn Events: ARD is getting really good at throwing parties, and 2010 brings back several of the community’s favorite events. Party in the Park, one of our two showcase festivals, takes place Friday, June 18, at Regional Park. As always, Party in the Park promises to be one of the social highlights of the year. ARD’s other gala celebration is hosting the Auburn Community Festival. This harvest-themed festival is considered by many to be Auburn’s best family event, and each year the pumpkins and the crowds get bigger. The 2010 Auburn Community Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 16. As usual, ARD will also host some of the Auburn area’s favorite gatherings, including the Renaissance Fair, PHS Safe and Sober Grad Night, the Confluence Festival, Pioneer Days in Meadow Vista and the Gold Country Toy Run ARD is here for the community, and we are always pleased to provide the services and facilities that make the Auburn area a truly great place live and work. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please feel free to give us at call at (530) 885-8461. Happy New Year! Kahl Muscott is district administrator for the Auburn Recreation District.