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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: August 21, 2014

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:

Each participant is required to wear full equipment at all times. This includes hockey helmet with a cage, hockey gloves, shin pads, elbow pads, roller blades, hockey stick, long pants, and a protective cup.

A description of each program we will offer is as follows:

Kindergarten Learn And Play Clinic

No experience is required in hockey or roller skating. This hour-long clinic will introduce the sport of roller hockey and all the basic fundamentals in a fun and safe environment. The program will take place Sunday afternoons at 1:45 p.m. beginning Sept. 7.

1st Grade Pee Wee Division

This beginner program will continue to develop young players through drills and scrimmages. This hour-long program will take place Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. beginning Sept. 7.

2nd And 3rd Grade Mites Division

Games will take place on Sunday late afternoons with either a 4:30 or 5:45 p.m. game time depending on your child’s team schedule. Season begins on Sept.7.

4th And 5th Grade Junior Division

Games will take place on Friday afternoons with either a 4 or 5:30 p.m. game time depending on your child’s team schedule. Season begins on Sept. 5.

Middle School (6th, 7th, & 8th Grade) Senior Division

Games will take place on Friday evenings with either a 6:45 or 8 p.m. game time depending on your child’s team schedule. Season begins on Sept. 5.

** New ** High School (9th, 10th, & 11th Grade)

Calling all high schoolers interested in playing some hockey. Please note in order for this program to occur, the recreation department needs at least 20 participants to register ahead of its scheduled first session.

Games will take place on Friday evenings at 9:15 p.m. Games are in “pick up” format. This eight-week program will begin on Sept. 5.

Adult Division For 30 & Over

Games will take place on Sundays at 7 p.m. Games are in “pick up” format. This program will begin on Sept. 7.

For further information please contact the recreation department at 516-465-4075 or stop by the offices at 108 Rockaway (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Amusement Park Tickets

The Garden City Recreation Department will this year again be offering discount tickets to area amusement parks. Tickets can be purchased at the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Cash or check will be accepted for payment. These very popular discounted tickets are for:

Gate Price and Discounted Price

Splish Splash Water Park $41 $34

Splish Splash — under 48 inches $31 $27

Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari (Jackson, NJ) $66.99 $37

(under 54”) $39.99

Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom (Lake George, NY) $58.85 $38

Hershey Park — 48 inches or over $60.80 $47

Hershey Park — under 48 inches and age 55 and over $38.80 $36

Dorney Park — 48 inches or over $55.99 $38

Dorney Park Junior — under 48” or age 62 and over $32.99 $31

Morey’s Pier (Wildwood, NJ) — 48 inches and over $75 $58

Morey’s Pier — under 48” $57 $45

To register for any of the above programs for find out further information about openings, please visit for an application or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

From the Garden City Recreation Department



In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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