Seward Parks and Recreation Department (SPRD) announces public recreation hours to the AVTEC Gym or Student Services Center effective next Tuesday, November 15: New to customers will be an 8 am opening for morning work outs. Also new this fall will be the reduction in the number of nights available, but parks & rec has analyzed trends to work to obtain the biggest bang for the buck. The public is invited to drop-in every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am to 9 pm. Each Wednesday, the public can attend 8 am to 2 pm, and adults will be encouraged to participate in archery in the evenings at the Alaska Railroad Lindsey facility. SPRD will work to provide other recreation opportunities on Friday nights, and will open the AVTEC Gym on Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Players new and old can sign up for a one-hour racquetball slot by calling 224.4054 or by stopping into the gym during open hours.
The following areas will be open during all SPRD open times: the new wellness center which includes a padded workout, stretch or yoga space and treadmills, bikes and elliptical trainers; the racquetball court which is available for pick-up games, challenge courts and Tuesday night league-play; the gym for open gym, roller skating, safe and dry hallwalking or organized sports such as badminton, pickleball, basketball or volleyball to name a few; the Eagle Room provides rowing and similar aerobic workouts and the free weight room for lifting, strength training and workouts. As always, the ceramics room is for AVTEC students only. Recreational volleyball was moved to the Middle School on Monday nights. The sauna will only be open on Thursday nights, from 7 pm to 9 pm during November.
Free hallwalking in the gym will be offered from 10 am to 11 am, as open gym activities occur for a fee.
Indoor Park will be offered Tue, Wed and Thursday from 11 am to 12 noon.
SPRD is still seeking certified basketball and volleyball referees as well as basketball scorers and timers. Contact Karin Sturdy, 224.4053 or ksturdy@CityofSeward.net.
The SPRD Annual Pass is $300 per person. $5 cash is the drop-in rate for adults or Senior Citizens and teens will pay $3 cash. 20-visit Punchcards prices are also available at discounted rates for Adults, Seniors, Teens and Youth and Tots (under age 5.)
The ‘soft’ opening continues through November and the public is invited to a re-opening party on Thursday, December 1 from 8 am to 9 pm. Most work-out activities will be free to the public to try-out the various recreation spaces that day. Bring a friend.
SPRD is also hosting a “Grateful Skate” party on Thanksgiving Eve this year, commemorating our human ability to be thankful, grateful and sharing with others. Rollerskating will begin at 7 pm in the AVTEC Gym. Those who bring food for the Food Bank will have free entry. Those who do not have food to donate will be asked to contribute a $5 cash donation, which will go toward funding recreation for those who cannot afford recreation. The skate party wraps up at 9 pm. Immediately prior to the Grateful Skate, the Teen and Youth Center, (TYC) invites the community to attend the annual, “Eat Dessert First” event at the TYC at Third Avenue and Jefferson Street.
We welcome your feedback on hours, programs and other recreation opportunities. ‘Vote’ for your favorite programs and best or favorite hours-of-the-day with your feet (by attending whenever possible.) Please like us on Facebook at Seward Recreation for updates and announcements. SPRD thanks those volunteers who helped us move recreation supplies back into the AVTEC Gym! We appreciate your gift of time and commitment to healthy options.
Thank you very much,
Karin Sturdy, Director
Seward Parks & Recreation Department and Paid Parking Department
PO Box 167 / City of Seward
Seward, Alaska 99664-0167