Announcements, City of Seward, Outdoors, Sports

SPRD Bulletin May 16

Friday May 9th marked the last Middle School dance of the school year. Over 40 kids showed up dressed to the nine’s for the formal affair. The dance floor never cleared with DJ Charlie spinning the latest beats, the Snack Shack offered up some delectable treats, One Shot Photography provided professional photography services and staffer Kipp Dixon got a pick-up basketball game going on the court. There were smiles for miles at this fun summer send-off dance. Monthly dances will pick back up in September. TYC 224-5472

After School kids bidding staff member Stephanie Wright goodbye
After School kids bidding staff member Stephanie Wright goodbye

TYC Councils Appreciation Dinner will take place next Wednesday, May 21st. TYC provides an annual dinner for our Youth, Junior and Teen Council volunteers to show them our gratitude for their many hours of service. Council members volunteer on average between 25 and 50 hours per school year. They provide assistance with SPRD’s various events such as the Halloween Carnival, Breakfast with Santa, Kid’s Carnival, Bike Rodeo, Diaper Derby and Easter Egg Hunt to name a few. They also assist with daily operations such as the Snack Shack at TYC and with the After School Program and Day Camps and much much more. SPRD would just like to list and formally thank our Council members for their service this year. We would not be able to provide these community events without the help of our Council members. Youth Council: Connor Spanos, Makaira Williams, Jaden Van Dyke, Jacob Wendt, Clay Petersen, John Moriarty and Daisy Terry. Junior Council: Elena Hamner, Egor Sturdy, Eddy Olesiuk, Serena Knox, Maille Moriarty, Ashley Jackson and Charlie Mack. Teen Council: Tia Miranda, Brooke Estes, Maria Jackson, Sully Hauze, McKinze Hauze, Vitali Sturdy, Elias Davis, Justin Croft and Logan Smith. 2014-2015 TYC Council applications are due the first week of September. 5th grade through 12th grade students who have a strong desire to get involved and give back to their community are encouraged to apply. Contact Maggie at TYC for more info: or 224-5472.

Summer Day Camp and Adventure Camp Brochures are available on our website: or email or stop by TYC to sign up. *First day of camp is May 27th. TYC closed for cleaning, staff inservice and Memorial Day 5/22-5/26. Please contact TYC at 224-5472 or for fee information. Tier fee discounts and scholarships available for eligible participants.

Pups Camps-For kids entering grades 1 to 3. Campers will enjoy daily field trips, exercise, arts & crafts, games and more! Camp meets rain or shine. Each camp is led by caring professionals with fresh and exciting activities. Campers need to bring a sack lunch, afternoon snacks, or spending money for the Snack Shack. Limited space, early registration is encouraged. Rookery Camps-are specifically designed for kids in grades 4 to 6. Themes weeks coincide with Pups Camp, but the activities throughout the day will present more challenges and adventure for the older children. Campers will be building campfires, cooking out, hiking to lakes, adventuring in and around Seward with kids their age.
Leadership Program-is designed for students who will be going into 7th grade. It runs alongside our Pups & Rookery Camps. However the participants in this program will be taking on additional challenges and responsibilities. They may be asked to lead a craft or sport for the other kids. They will likely assist in the planning and implementation of an activity for the day.Counselor In Training “CIT” Program-is built around 8th graders wanting to learn skills involved in providing recreation. The CIT day begins at 10am and finishes at 5:45pm. Participants enrolled in this program will be assigned a counselor to work with and will be given limited responsibility in the implementation of our summer camp program. Participants must apply for this program. Those accepted into the CIT program must commit to a six week session. CIT program fees are 50% of regular K-6 camp fees. Applicants who do not qualify for CIT may be eligible for the Leadership Program. Adventure Camp-For mature kids in grades 5th to 7th who are looking for a challenge and are not afraid of getting dirty. Adventure Camp promotes an environment in which campers will be problem-solving, learning life skills as well as experiencing what the great state of Alaska has to offer. Campers will be hiking farther, camping more, kayaking, canoeing, gold panning and more! This camp is separate from TYC Summer Day Camp and has limited space available. Sign up for one week or for all of them. You will not be disappointed. The AC week themes coincide with TYC Summer Day Camps.Call TYC at 224-5472 for more information or to register for Summer Day Camps or Adventure Camp.SPRD announces a partnership with local taxi company Seward Taxi (362-8000) whereby free rides are offered to our youth and teen patrons from our SPRD TYC, Rec Room and sometimes Sports & Rec Program at the AVTEC Gym.
 Students involved in after school sports can receive a ride from the school to the Rec Room for example, and then a ride home. This new program is an experiment offered to regular users of the above, SPRD drop-in programs. This is a trial program from the creative minds of Seward professionals who are members of the Seward Coordinated Transit Group. Seward Independent Living Center (ILC) offers a Taxi Voucher program for qualifying individuals that merits praise and likely this SPRD taxi voucher replica program. The Seward ILC is able to contract with Seward Taxi, the sole company that replied to their original Request for Proposals (RFP.) Seward Taxi then ‘sells’ reduced rate taxi rides to Seward ILC. These vouchers are re-sold to consumers at an even further-reduced rate to qualifying individuals. This all occurs to provide more quality and independent lifestyles for those who need this. The funds the riders pay contributes back to the program. Grant funds are an integral portion of this program, too. For more information on the Seward ILC taxi voucher program, advocacy or their active, T.R.A.I.L.S. program, call the ILC at 224.8711. Parents and teens interested in receiving taxi vouchers for SPRD programs and events should direct in-person questions to SPRD program staff: Maggie Wilkins Cannady, 224-5472, Melanie Hauze, 224-4011 or Shari Adelmann, 224.4057. The SPRD voucher program is designed to be free and easy, no hassle. In the future, SPRD may sell reduced-rate vouchers to recreation participants, like ILC, or may receive additional grant funding. Seward Taxi will compile and report Ride Use statistics and forward to the SPRD and the Seward Coordinated Transit Group. This program will further provide data to the community regarding transit needs. The City of Seward will also soon be finalizing details to resume the free, summer shuttle for cruise ship passengers and that extended program which benefits locals. Seward Taxi can be located via 362.8000. Seward Taxi has vehicles which are certified according to federal standards, which allows them to offer a variety of ride-reimbursement programs such as Medicaid, veterans, ILC and others. Their drivers are also trained, qualified and meet the Seward ILC’s minimum standards such as passing criminal history check, driving check, drug-free, smoke-free and alcohol-free.

Bear’s Den B&B Bear Bell Run Fri, June 6th – One mile race just for kids along Waterfront Bike Path for ages 3 – 12. Check in at the Wellington Picnic area at 10:30 race starts at 11am. Register at S&R (519 4th Ave) $11 before May 23rd


British Soccer Camps 2014

More campers, more coaches, more great new games and practices and much more free stuff! Seward Parks and Recreation June 23rd – June 27th. Camp includes free ball and t-shirt.


1:30 – 2:20pm First Kicks: Ages 3 – 5 $81; 2:45 – 4:15pm Mini Soccer: Ages 6 – 9 $95; 4:30 – 6:15pm Player Development: Ages 10 – 12 $95; 6:30 – 8:00pm Player Development: Ages 13 – 18 $95. Free online jersey offer deadlines 5/9. Sign up at 45 days prior to camp for your free replica jersey. Please email questions to Casey or call 907.224.4006. All mail-in applications need to be mailed to SPRD at P.O. Box 167, Seward AK 99664 checks payable to Seward Parks and Recreation Department.


Youth Soccer League

If you love Soccer, being outdoors and having fun with friends, then the summer Soccer League is for you! This program features bi-weekly practices, skill development, league jerseys, scrimmages and more! For safety, shin guards are required. League will run Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30 or 6:30pm;Dates: July 7th through August 113th. Place: Elementary School Soccer field. Cost: Early bird: $25 by June 9th. Regular: $30 by June 16th. Late: $35 after June 16th


Subway Tri-Harder-Thon

Want to challenge yourself and enjoy the outdoors at the same time? Sign up for this year’s Subway Tri-Harder-Thon – Seward’s own Adventure Triathlon! Sat, July 26th starting at Primrose Campground area, this race consists of a 5 mile Kayak (Kenai Lake); 6.3 mile Trail Run (Primrose/Meridan Trail); 18.6 mile road bike (Grayling/Meridian trailhead to Seward). Go to to sign up for the 2014 triathlon.


Rec Room “The Experiment” New extended hours!

Middle School & High School Mon – Fri 2:30 – 5:30; High School – Mon – Thu 5:30 to 10pm; Fri & Sat 5:30 to 11pm. located at 336 3rd Ave call 224-4056. WiFi, Ping Pong, Pool Table, Xbox, Kinect, HDTV with Cable, Lounge area, Movies, Air Hockey, Games, Music & Skeeball (brand new)! This is a FREE program.


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