Summer kicks off with a splash

Recreation District opens Sierra Pool, previews camps
By: Colin Berr Journal Staff Writer
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With hot dogs grilling on the lawn and children splashing at the Sierra Pool, the sights and smells of summer were well in the air at the Auburn Recreation District’s “Kick Off to Summer and Camp Fair.” The event was free for all ages and accompanied by booths featuring swordplay, soccer and kayaking programs, as well as other suitable summer activities. “This is the first place we come to every summer,” said grandparent Sylva Ramirez, as her granddaughter gleefully slid down a water slide. For first-timer Adam Brice, the event was no less entertaining. “He’s been excited about this for a while now,” Brice said, referencing his son on top of the water play structure. “It’s been a super fun experience.” The local Auburn SaveMart donated 300 hot dogs and buns to the event. “It’s great for families to sit back and relax at a free event like this after months of hard work,” said Jerry Fisher, ARD sports coordinator. Fisher was busy Saturday grilling hot dogs for a line of hungry swimmers. Jamie Kent, regional director of Challenger Sports, set up a booth with soccer flags and handed out free soccer balls and T-shirts. Encouraging kids to enroll in a soccer camp for the summer, he kicked the ball around with passing visitors. Also active was the swordplay booth, whose members enthusiastically taught visitors how to wield tipped, blunt blades, and fenced with one another in a sword-fighting ring. Members represented the Pirate Sword Play fencing camp. “Pirate ships were actually set up democracies where most members had a say. Only in fighting did the captain take charge,” said Matthew Kind, aka Captain Timothy, a fencer of 12 years. Future ARD events include the Confluence Festival at Overlook Park on June 12 and Party in the Park at Regional Park on June 18.