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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Recreation programs
March 23, 2018

One of the nicest things about living in Rohnert Park is the wide selection of recreational opportunities available to our residents. Summertime is the peak recreation season and this summer is forecasted to be hot with programs and activities to fill those non-school days. 

Returning for its second season is Teen Camp, the excursion-based camp for middle schoolers, from ages 11 to 14, or 6th to 8th-grades). This camp visits popular attractions such as SF Giants games, iFly Indoor Skydiving, Bodega Bay, Sonoma Canopy Tours (Zip Lining) and more. Space is very limited so early registration is recommended. 

Another popular program returning for its second summer is Junior Giants. This free baseball program is the perfect place to learn basic baseball skills and tools for positive social and educational well-being. This summer we are excited to add an additional age level for 10 to 13- year-olds. 

For those aging out of camp, the Leader in Training (L.I.T) and Junior Lifeguard (Jr. Guard) programs may be a perfect opportunity to learn how to become a paid recreation staff member in the future. LITs and Jr. Guards spend time with paid staff at Camp Burton and at the pools developing skills in instruction, teamwork, creativity and responsibility. To learn more about these or any of the recreation programs, visit www.rpcity.org or call 588-3456. 

For those interested in positively affecting the lives of our youth while having fun in the sun, part-time paid positions are open for recruitment. Positions include Community Services Leaders (Camps and Sports), Swim Instructors, Pool Cashiers and Lifeguards. Lifeguard training and certification is available for applicants that have been offered a position and completed the hiring process prior to April 16. Those interested in being a Lifeguard but who are not yet certified should apply to become a Swim Instructor by visiting www.rpcity.org/jobs  and clicking on the Human Resources Department link.

A complete listing of summer camps and programs will be available in the Recreation Guide which you will receive in the mail in April. We will also post it on the city’s website in April. We are also upgrading our software to make it easier to register for camps and classes. On-line registration for summer programs will be available in the new system on April 16. Participants will need to create a new account by visiting https://cityofrohnertpark.perfectmind.com. 

City parks, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts and playing fields are also crucial parts of the recreational opportunities we offer. Providing clean, functioning restrooms in our parks is one of the basic things we do. While we had to close our restrooms due to vandalism and tight budgets, we have been rehabilitating and opening many of them. 

The restrooms at Alicia Park, Benicia Park, Colegio Vista Park and the Magnolia Pool building are open. The restrooms at Eagle Park, Sunrise Park, Magnolia Park (near the fields) and Golis Park will open in the next few weeks. We will construct a new restroom at Dorotea Park and expect it to open this summer. 

Other projects planned for this summer include the demolition of Alicia Park Pool Buildings and fencing, demolition of the administration building at Gold Ridge, and the replacement of the roof at the multi-purpose building at Gold Ridge.  

I hope you join me in enjoying the many recreation opportunities that Rohnert Park has to offer!