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Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: August 14, 2012

We Need Your Help

In order to better serve patrons, the recreation department is updating its computer system. Please take the time to fill out a family info questionnaire. The questionnaire can be found at the administrative office, at Community Park, and at the pool. Please return all forms to the office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Your assistance will greatly help the recreation department provide its patrons with improved service.

Introducing 10 and Under Tennis At Community Park

The Village of Garden City Recreation Department is proud to announce that we will be adopting this USTA (United States Tennis Association) approved methodology for teaching children age 10 and under the game of tennis. Kids around the world have been successfully playing tennis using the 10 and under format for years. By using slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls, shorter and lighter rackets on smaller courts kids can get into the game more easily by making tennis more fun from the start by boosting their confidence and building skill development. Each practice will be designed appropriately for the physical, mental and social skills of that age group. Emphasis will be placed on rallying and playing so that children want to learn the skills necessary to play with their friends on a team.

The recreation department knows its children will benefit from these changes to the program and hopes you will all continue to support the tennis program in the future. Please watch for our upcoming fall class schedule and registration information.

The Pool Is Hiring For Late In The Summer

If you are sixteen years or older, available for work through Labor Day and are interested in working at the Garden City Pool for the last weeks of the season, please call the Garden City pool at 516-465-4074 for an interview.

Adult Basketball

Adult basketball in the field house will run through August 22. This free program, held on Wednesdays only, is open to residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City, ages 18 and up. Games are strictly pickup. This program will run from 7:30 to 10 p.m. each Wednesday.

Mad Science Camps

Mad Science of Long Island is a company that provides a learning experience in a camp setting. Residents of the Village of Garden City entering grades two through five are encouraged to attend. Topics and details for each camp are listed below. For any science camp, all checks should be made payable directly to “Mad Science of Long Island.” To register, visit the recreation department’s website at or pick one up at the office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Session Four Topic: Robot Engineers - Entering Grades Three-Six

When: Week of August 20 - 23
Where: St. Paul’s Cluett Hall
Time: 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: $180 plus a $25 materials fee

Session Five Topic: Science in Motion - Entering Grades One-Four

Science and engineering go hand-in-hand as our campers discover what machines and nature have in common. Camps will build, move and play through science in this four-day program.

When: Week of Aug. 27 – 30
Where: St. Paul’s Cluett Hall
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Fee: $180

Community Park’s Miniature Golf Course

Affordable family fun is right around the corner, so don’t forget to visit the recreation department’s state-of-the-art miniature golf course. The 18-hole course is located behind the Garden City pool and is filled with challenges galore that will delight mini-golfers of all ages. Party packages for birthdays or other occasions are offered. Call Garden City Community Park at 483-2525 for party planning. The price for a round of mini-golf is as follows:

Resident adult (12 and up) $5
Resident child (under 12) $3
Resident senior (65 or over) $3
Nonresident adult (12 and up) $6
Nonresident child (under 12) $4

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.