The weekly Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Report provides Clarksvillians with a glimpse at the activities and events that are available from the Parks and Recreation Department for them to enjoy together as a family. This weeks highlights include:
- Weight rooms
- R&B/Jazz Step Class
- Ballroom Dancing
- Hula Lessons
- Winter Gym
- Clarksville Greenway
- Fright on Franklin Street
As the weather gets cooler, most want to stay cozy indoors and avoid the chilly temperatures outside. Unfortunately for some, this also means less exercise and more inactivity.
Luckily for those of you that fall into this cold weather trend, Clarksville Parks and Recreation offers plenty of indoor activities and workout opportunities.
All three of the Clarksville Community Centers have weight rooms available to the public. For those who would like assistance in choosing the best weight training regimen, a trained staff member at Burt-Cobb is available on Wednesdays from 4:30-6p.m. All that is required is a $5 annual fee for a community center I.D.
R&B/Jazz Step class
The community centers also offer a variety of programs for adults and youth. The R&B/Jazz Step class at Burt-Cobb is the perfect place to burn calories and have a good time in a class setting. The group meets at the center on Saturdays from 1-2p.m. The class is for age 18+ and requires only a $2 fee.
The ballroom dancing class at Burt-Cobb is yet another way to get a good work out and have fun. Professional dancers teach students how to execute the ballroom dances seen on television. The class takes place Tuesday nights from 5-7p.m. Contact the community center for cost of the class.
The Crow Center offers a unique spin on exercise with its weekly hula lessons. Learn the fundamentals of the traditional Hawaiian dance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8p.m. The cost of the class is free.
Kids have the opportunity to learn martial arts skills at the Judo class that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8p.m. at the Crow Center. If you are not able to make it during the week, the class is also offered on Saturdays at the center from 9-11a.m. Sensei Bill Ryan in instructs the class. For more information on fees, you can contact him at 931-645-7100.
Ongoing classes at the Kleeman Community Center in north Clarksville include Zumba. Instead of paying pricy membership fees to take the class at local gyms, swing by the Kleeman Center on Mondays from 5-6p.m. The cost is only $5 per class.
November 2 marks the beginning of Clarksville Parks and Recreation’s Winter Gym. The gymnasium at Byrns-Darden Elementary will be open to the public Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-9p.m. for recreational basketball free play. The cost is free. Anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
If you do not mind the colder weather and enjoy the outdoors, the Clarksville Greenway is a great place to visit. Enjoy a walk, bike ride or jog in the crisp autumn air. The Greenway is located at the end of Pollard Rd. and open from dawn until dusk daily.
All community center activities require a $5 ID. It is good for one year and can be purchased at any of the three community centers.
Halloween fun at Fright on Franklin
Parents looking for a fun and safe place for their children to celebrate Halloween, should be a part of the first ever Fright on Franklin event.
Kids can trick-or-treat safely along Franklin Street and Strawberry Alley beginning at 4p.m. on October 31. Area businesses will be giving away candy to all the children.
Do not worry. The fun is not just for kids! There will be costume contests for all ages, and even a contest for dogs. Costumes will be judged in categories to include Babies, Toddlers, Kids ages 5-8, Pre-teens ages 9-12, Teens ages 13-17, Adults ages 18-54, Seniors ages 55 & up and Dogs of all ages. The costume contest begins at 5p.m.
Enter your jack-o-lantern in the pumpkin carving and painting contest. Each decorated pumpkin will be judged, and a winner from each age category will be selected. The age groups and categories include: Painting for ages 1-3, Painting for ages 4-6, carving for ages 7-9, carving for ages 10-13, carving for ages 14-17, carving for ages 18-54 and carving for ages 55 and up. Bring your carved or painted pumpkin to the Parks and Recreation Office by 4p.m. on October 29.
There are some great prizes in store for winners of each contest including pizza parties, Roxy Theater tickets, movie tickets, and laser tag packages. You will not want to miss this event. Fright on Franklin is a free event and sure to be a blast!