Announcements, City of Seward, Outdoors, Parks & Rec., Sports

SPRD Bulletin June 30

soccercamp2014This week was a great opportunity to participate and learn soccer skills in the British Soccer Camp.  More than 50 of Seward’s youth came to participate in the British Soccer Camp and increased their athletic abilities and soccer skills.  Challenger Sports sent three great coaches to Seward from England and Ireland.  Thank you to John, Michael, and Matt, who are the coaches of this year’s camp.  Thanks for your time, and excellent coaching techniques.  You helping many learn the game of soccer, teaching them how to improve their athleticism, and teaching them fun soccer-skill games that they can take and implement with their friends.  These coaches have grown up playing soccer at a very competitive level.   They played in high school, and at the collegiate level and have coached at the high school, collegiate, and other completive levels.  They also have an extensive background and education in physical education, and kinesiology.  The coaches that came to put on the British Soccer Camp had excellent experience, a wide range of knowledge, were great with working with the young athletes, and did an awesome job.

There were three groups of athletes in this camp rangin from  the three to five year olds, the six to nine year olds, and the ages of 10 and older. Seward’s young athletes worked out with the coaches for 90 minutes a day for a week, and worked on many great fundamentals.  The athletes enjoyed their time and had fun, laughing, communicating and problem solving their way through the drills that they were encouraged to complete.

This was an excellent week to get to know these great coaches, have the athletes learn many great skills, and have fun playing soccer.  Next year the camp is scheduled for June 22ndthough June 26th.  We hope to see the same coaches, and increase the number of athletes that attend this camp.  For future details in attending, sponsoring, volunteering, or participating in future events and participating in next year’s British Soccer Camp you can contact Sports and Recreation Coordinator, Mr. Casey Wright, at 907-224-4054. P.O. Box 167, Seward, AK 99664.  Go to, and look for information on upcoming events that you can be involved in: softball, youth soccer, and the Subway Tri-harder-Thon, and much more!

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 6:30pmDates: 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 (Pull Date July 7th)

 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. QUEstions?(Pull Date 7-26)


TYC Summer Camp

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.

TYC ROOKERY CAMPS  are specifically designed for kids in grades 4 to 6. Theme weeks coincide with the 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.

ADVENTURE CAMP for kids who love 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 and more. This camp is separate from TYC Summer Day Camp and has limited space available. Sign up for one week or for all 12.  You will not be disappointed. The AC week themes coincide with TYC Summer Day Camps.

A day at day camp is busy, fun & exciting! With the action packed days, kids may come home a little dirty, a bit tired and probably hungry too! With this in mind please send your child to camp every day with good walking shoes, play clothes and a water bottle.   Dress for the weather each day, as we are outside rain or shine. Swim suits and towels are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays and for special events. Boys need to have swim trunks (no speedos) and girls wear one piece suits only please.

All items should be labeled with the child’s or family name.

Snack Shack is open in the morning, lunch and afternoon for about 30 min. Snack Shack cards are available for $20. Children are also welcome to pack snacks and lunches from home. Call 224-5472 for more information or to register for Adventure Camp or pick up a separate Adventure Camp brochure at TYC.


The TYC Hiking Club Every Monday!

Hiking Club participants bring: a back pack, water bottle, hiking shoes, sunscreen &/or bug spray, plenty of snacks and a lunch. Don’t worry though, Ranger Luke will teach us what to pack and how much to bring.

We’ll start out with easier trails, but expect the hikes to increase intensity weekly which could include steeper climbs, trickier terrain and added weight to packs to simulate extra weight you would expect while on an overnight backpacking trip. We will also learn tips and tricks for more pleasant backpacking and hiking experiences, as well as Leave-No-Trace ethics.



How Can I Hike?

  • Sign Up at TYC.
  • $25 registration fee for all 8 weeks!
  • FREE to Regular Day Camp or AC campers in Grades 5th-8th!
  • Hiking Club is for mature kids entering 5th to 8th grade, seeking physical challenges and to learn more about the wonderful natural landscape in which we live. All hikers enjoy a trial period to ensure behavior expectations and physical conditioning requirements are met.

Oh the Hikes We’ll Do…

(One way distances and difficulty level listed for each hike)

Two Lakes (D>1 mi/L1) Easy meandering trail that hugs our local First & Second Lakes.

Grayling Lake (D1.5 mi/L1-2) This short, 1.5 mile trail begins at mile 13.2 on the Seward Highway and gives access to the Iditarod Trail and nearby small lakes. Climbs gradually through dense conifer forests and open muskegs for occasional views of distant mountains.

Tonsina (D1.5mi/L2) This ‘beach destination’ offers plenty of relaxation before hiking back. A short, steep switchback portion closer to the beach adds interest, but most of the trail is fairly easy.

Ptarmigan Lake (D3.7mi/L3) Near MP23 Seward Highway, this trail gradually gains 900 ft. elevation over 3.5 miles. The first portion of trail follows Ptarmigan Creek and ends at a beautiful turquoise alpine lake.

Marathon Bowl (D2-3mi/L4-5) A strenuous hike right from downtown Seward offers a steep climb, water, waterfalls, and lots of boulders in an old glacial cirque.

Lost Lake (D7.5 mi/L2-3) We may not make it to “Lost” lake, there are plenty of attractions and vistas which make this hike extraordinary and fun. Learn why this is a ‘Top Three Local Favorite’ hike!

Primrose to Grayling Lake (D6/L3) Also part of the Iditarod Trail, we start at the Primrose end of the Lost Lake trail at Mile 19 and connect with the Grayling Lake trail. This lovely trail has seen many recent improvements and boasts mild elevation gains.

Mt. Alice (D4 mi/L5) Accessed from Nash Road, this trail is fairly challenging with steep slopes and some areas of dense forest, but

quickly opens up to some of the most  rewarding views of Seward and Resurrection Bay.


The Teen Rec Room Summer Hours

Middle School & High School Mon – Thu 5:30 to 9pm; Fri & Sat 5:30 to 10pm High Schoolers stay one hour later. 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.


Seeking Master Gardeners or Landscape Architects for Small Park projects

The City of Seward is seeking one-page proposals from qualified gardeners to submit ideas and install park or garden projects the summer of 2014. Interested gardeners should include program ideas, resources and proposed, detailed budget. Seward Parks & Recreation is seeking small projects such as maintainable rock gardens or similar or very small, low-maintenance, hearty landscape areas to beautify specific areas of Waterfront Park. (Submissions for other areas may be considered, however the focus will be Waterfront Park in 2014.) Proposals should include drawings, photos, specific material details and other considerations as developed by the proposed contractor. The proposal must include an agreement regarding maintenance by the contractor. A resume of previous related activities and professional references for successful projects are encouraged. Detailed proposals shall not exceed ten pages. The projects will be scheduled as mutually beneficial with the City and the contractor, and will run through mid-August. A small and reasonable budget for supplies, materials and work is available to the contractor selected. Questions should be submitted to Karin Sturdy, or 224.4057.


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