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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Summer activities in RP
June 1, 2018

Animal Shelter Camp: 

The Rohnert Park Animal Shelter is one of the jewels of the city as it provides care for dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals available for adoption. Every summer we like to bring the sound of fun and laughter to our shelter as kids of all ages participate in our Kidz ‘n Critters Summer Camp program. Each one-week session is specially geared to a particular grade level (grades 2-7) so kids have a chance to learn about animals and make new friends. Our camp program is educational, with animal experts sharing their passion & knowledge as guest speakers, complemented with videos and activity sheets. The program is also fun, with games, activities and crafts. Kidz ‘n Critters provides a hands-on experience with teams each day socializing the shelter animals. Children learn how to properly care for pets, and about other topics including protecting wildlife, the importance of spaying and neutering, community cats, careers working with animals and more.

Camps run Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The cost is $150 for the first child and $125 for each sibling. Scholarships are available. Session dates and registration forms are available at the shelter or online at rpanimalshelter.org

Come swim with us: 

Summertime brings warm weather and warm weather brings more opportunities to enjoy Rohnert Park’s three swimming pools. This year, we are offering recreational swim times at all three pools (Magnolia, Benicia and Honeybee).

We are also offering swim lessons weekdays and Saturday mornings and in July we will offer our first-ever water polo camp. Details are available in the Recreation Guide we’ve mailed to all residents, as well as on our website. 

Stormwater: 

Spills and leaks can travel to and adversely affect our creeks. Many activities that occur as part of our daily routine, such as washing our cars or watering our lawns, have the potential for accidental spills and leaks. To minimize risks to the environment, we suggest residents take actions such as:  

•Using less toxic materials such as vinegar or orange oil-based weed control.

•Avoiding irrigation run-off into the street.

•Covering outside storage areas and stockpiles of materials with a permanent structure or a tarp so that rain cannot come into contact with the material.

•Checking containers that hold fuel, pesticides and fertilizers often for leaks and spills.

•For paved areas, sweeping monthly without using water to hose down the area.

•Locating materials to clean up spills of toxic materials, such as absorbents, where they will be readily accessible.

In the event of a spill, attempt to contain the material and block the nearby storm drains, use absorbent materials to clean up liquids and use brooms or shovels to clean up dry materials. If water is used, it must be collected and properly disposed of and should not enter storm drains. If the spill does reach the storm drain, please notify our Park Public Works Department at 588-3300 immediately.