Pick up Pickleball Skills

‘It’s kind of like playing ping pong while standing on a table.’

A free clinic on how to play pickleball, one of the fastest-growing sports with one of the most unusual names, is set for Saturday, April 16, 3 to 5 p.m. at Willamalane Center.

Players from …

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We’ve Got a New Name!

Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation is no longer.

In October, the Willamalane Board of Directors renamed the center in honor of outgoing Superintendent Bob Keefer. The newly christened Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation hosts sports tournaments, corporate events, meetings, classes, parties and more — all …

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Sip Your Way through July with Red, White and Wine

Get busy getting dizzy over this series of tasty classes and events for wine lovers! Register soon; classes fill quickly.

Lunch & Learn with Danuta Pfeiffer: Friday, June 16, 12 p.m. at the Adult Activity Center.

Hear about Pfeiffer’s journey and how the popular co-host of “The 700 Club” …

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Disc Golf Fits Park to a Tee

Clearwater Park welcomes disc golf fans everywhere to play on the new 12-acre, nine-hole golf course. This is Springfield’s first disc golf course, filling a need for a popular activity in Willamalane’s park system.

“Disc golf is a very popular and growing sport, and the public identified the …

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For Little Athletes, Try My First Sports

My First Sports offers young children an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sports. But it’s more than just sports for little ones: The classes also provide a unique opportunity for kids and their parents.

“When I was a little kid, I was able to play …

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Serve on Our Budget Committee

Applicants Sought for Open Seats on Budget Committee

Willamalane Park and Recreation District is accepting applications to fill two open seats on its volunteer budget committee.

The 10-member committee — composed of district board members and an equal number of citizens — will study next year’s proposed …

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Winter Break Blahs? Click Here

Winter break doesn’t have to mean long days of indoor boredom for squirrely kids. Willamalane Park and Recreation District offers some interesting ways to keep kids active and engaged.

One of the best things to do when wiggly kids have you climbing the walls is to …

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Summer Concert Series

It’s a pretty picture: a picnic in the shade of a favorite park, a light summer breeze, and the company of friends and neighbors. Add live music, and the dancing begins.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District presents a series of outdoor concerts on Wednesday nights at …

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In Celebration of the Year of the Monkey

Mandarin Chinese can be heard in Malaysia, Singapore, China and in Chinatowns around the world; in fact, close to 1 billion people across the globe speak it! Learning Mandarin Chinese is not as difficult as you may think. You don’t need to conjugate verbs, master verb tenses …

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8 Ways to Create Mother’s Day Memories Together

You appreciate your mom, and Mother’s Day is the perfect way to show her how much. When a present just won’t do, Willamalane is offering the gift of an experience you can share together.

Treat her to tea.  Spend the afternoon of May 7 at the historic …

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Fitness Passes for classes and more!

Willamalane is introducing the ALL-ACCESS Fitness Pass, one of several easy new options that fit into your schedule.

The new passes are available to purchase immediately. For only $45* per month, the ALL-ACCESS Fitness Pass gets you access to:

• Bob Keefer Center:  fitness center and open gyms

• Group Exercise …

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MELT — Explained!

Technique Focuses on Connective Tissues

By Teri Jacobs

Everyone is asking about MELT!

What is it?

How does it work?

Will it help me feel better?

As a big supporter of self-care, I will do my best to explain exactly why MELT can make a difference and how it can help …

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Trainer Proves It: Age is No Obstacle

WHEN FITNESS INSTRUCTOR Richard Strunk went back to school for professional fitness training, he figured he had a ready-made audience ready for his instruction. He was in his 60s and knew that he might have success helping older adults reach their fitness goals. Now 70, Strunk has …

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Willamalane Celebrates May is Bike Month

Gear up for May is Bike Month! Established in 1956, National Bike Month has been celebrated around the country since its founding. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; …

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Willamalane Ready to Rekindle Arbor Day Tradition

With generous assistance

from Rexius, Willamalane to plant 75 trees for 75 years

As part of their 75th Anniversary festivities, Willamalane Park and Recreation District has partnered with Rexius to plant 75 trees for 75 years, across ten Willamalane parks, this Arbor Day, Friday, April 26.

The

Arbor …

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Meadow Park Makeover

We’re Looking for Ideas on Park Improvements

What would you like to see at Meadow Park? Willamalane wants your feedback on possible playground upgrades and other improvements for the 7-acre neighborhood park.

Please take our online survey.

Contact: Simon Daws, landscape architect, 541-736-4049, simond@willamalane.org.

Ways to Beat the Heat Wave

Temperatures are soaring, but Willamalane is helping to keep people cool inside and out.

Kids in Willamalane’s camps are enjoying more indoor activities this week, with movies and indoor soccer taking the place of outdoor games. Canopies are being set up for some of the Summer Playground Program sites, …

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New Job? We Can Help

It’s the season for new beginnings, and for many, that means new jobs. While you gear up for your exciting new workplace, keep in mind Willamalane’s many child care options:

We offer two full-time child care programs that run 7 a.m.-6 p.m.:

Happy Hummingbirds for ages 3-4

Singing …

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Willamalane a Finalist!

 

District in the Running for Gold Medal in Parks and Recreation

• The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, is pleased to announce Willamalane Park and Recreation District as a finalist for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards …

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The Fit List

Hit the courts, jump into the gym, wade on in to the water — no matter how you exercise, the most important factor is that you keep coming back for more.

Willamalane makes it easy with more than 90 new classes designed to get your heart …

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Summer Park Construction

Willamalane will be busy this summer with a series of construction projects that bring improvements to a park near you. They include:

Thurston Hills Natural Area: Willamalane is building a trailhead that will serve as the eastern entry point to the 665-acre property. It will feature 49 …

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Fit in the Family

WHAT BEGAN AT SCHOOL SWIMMING LESSONS nearly five decades ago has blossomed into a lifetime of fitness, fun and family ties at Willamalane Park Swim Center.

Sisters Terri Bowden and Lindy Lindbloom swim every Tuesday and Thursday, along with their 83-year-old mother, Ila Bye, and friend Sherry Kleman, 62. Often …

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Sounds Like Summer

Our 2018 Sounds Like Summer season has come to an end! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy plays, concerts and movies in the park with us. Next year’s lineup will be announced in the Summer 2019 Park & Recreation Guide.

Are you a …

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Online Registration Tip Sheet for Camps

Planning a summer full of camp fun for kids is not all play for busy parents. Here are some tips that can help you when registering online.

Your first step is to determine which camps and which weeks you want to register for. Sit down with …

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Parks Fill for Movies and Concerts

This summer saw crowds of picnic-bearing, toe-tapping, wide-eyed watching crowds attending a larger-than-ever series of movies and concerts in the park. Over 4,000 people came to enjoy these events.

The Movies in the Park series was a hit among families and groups of friends, as they …

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Having a Ball!

Willamalane Awarded $5,000 in Sports Equipment 

Willamalane Park and Recreation is having a ball, thanks to a $5,000 sports equipment grant from Dr Pepper Snapple. That means 30 Splashing basketballs, 36 Wilson soccer balls, 50 stopwatches, 25 volleyballs and practice jerseys for kids in Willamalane programs.

Willamalane …

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Discover Secret Treasures

CANCELED • Some people can’t resist the hunt. Oregon native Rick Schmitt, also known as “Smitty,” dreamed about being an explorer and working alongside National Geographic when he was a child. He loved to explore the untouched areas of Oregon and used jasper from his …

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Free Fitness Week

Feeling the pull toward good health? Stretch, twist and bend for FREE Jan. 3-9 and start feeling good. Take your choice of free intros to more than 90 classes at Bob Keefer Center or the Adult Activity Center during one special week.

Whatever your fitness style, …

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Your Summer Workout Plan

Between vacations, events and special occasions, summer can wreak havoc with our personal fitness plans. But Willamalane has you covered with round-the-clock opportunities to get your workout in — all at sale prices!

Enjoy the beat in Latin Cardio Fusion, get stronger at Intro to Weight Training, and …

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After-school Sports

Go straight from your school to sports! Willamalane’s After-school Sports clinics helps kids develop a passion for sports, at the convenience of their own school. No classes on No-school Days. Limited to 12 students per school.

No classes are available.

Thank You, Mr. Adams

Willamalane Park and Recreation District has lost a friend.

Former Willamalane board member and booster Robert “Rob” Adams, 67, died last week. Adams served on the Board of Directors from 1987 to 2002.

While Adams was involved in local politics for many years, his real passion was …

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Site Improvements at Wallace M. Ruff Park to Begin in September

Willamalane Park and Recreation District is preparing to make improvements at Ruff Park, an attraction in the Thurston area of Springfield that is well-known for its magnolia arboretum.

Improvements include an access driveway from 66th Street, a paved parking lot with accessible parking spaces, paved trails, …

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Bob Keefer: Spirit of Springfield

Congratulations to Superintendent Bob Keefer, the 2016 Spirit of Springfield Award Winner! Mayor Christine Lundberg chose Bob for this award because, she said, “his love for Springfield is infectious.” Bob is highly respected in our community for his enthusiastic, energetic leadership of Willamalane and other …

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Now Seeking a Superintendent

Willamalane Park and Recreation District is seeking a new leader to fill the shoes of retiring Superintendent Bob Keefer.

Willamalane this week posted the position description and listed the qualities it is looking for in the new superintendent.

Among them: vision, leadership, inclusiveness, professionalism, energy and work …

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Update on Ice Storm

All parks and facilities are open and operating under normal hours. We are grateful to our Willamalane Parks and Facilities crews, who worked extra hours to clear parks and sidewalks of potential hazards after last week’s ice storm.

 

8 New Pickleball Courts!

Willamalane celebrated the completion of the first outdoor, public pickleball courts in Springfield during a ribbon cutting on June 24 at Meadow Park.

The event celebrated the partnership between Willamalane Park and Recreation District and the Emerald Valley Pickleball Club. A brief ceremony was held, followed by …

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Oak Restoration Project at Thurston Hills

Willamalane Park and Recreation District and the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council are working in partnership to restore the oak woodland and prairie habitats at Thurston Hills Natural Area. This project is funded through a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board with technical support …

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Tennis Teacher Lives His Passion

Bob Reed has lived a tennis-filled life. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Reed, Willamalane’s director of tennis, started playing when he was 7 years old. Fifty-one years later, he is still committed to the game he loves.

“I started hitting on the backboard and …

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