With summer winding down and kids heading back to school, the Geneseo Park District is gearing up for another season of new events and programs for everyone to enjoy.


With summer winding down and kids heading back to school, the Geneseo Park District is gearing up for another season of new events and programs for everyone to enjoy.

Three new events have been added to the fall schedule.

Jack-O-Lantern Jog will be a fun run on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. for children three years old to eighth grade at the Athletic Field. This event is free.

“Every season we look for sponsors so events can be free to the community,” said superintendent of recreation Ken Asta. “This season Fareway is sponsoring the Jack-O-Lantern Jog and Fest-O-Fall. We also look for volunteers to help.

“These are events for members and non-members. It is for everyone. We are trying to promote that it is not all about being a member in an effort to give back to the tax payers.”

Extreme Teen Expedition is the park district staffs’ own version of the Amazing Race where the participants will exercise to find clues on the scavenger hunt. The event is open to children sixth grade and up from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 5 in the gym.

The Children’s Christmas Shop will be set up in the Dedrick Room Dec. 10 to 12 for children 12 years and up to do their Christmas shopping at child-friendly prices (25 cents to $5).

Two new events for Bright Beginnings Preschool are Sports of all Sorts and Yoga for Kids.
“We have multiple offerings that set us apart from other preschools,” said Asta. “There is classroom learning, but we also have more active things for them to do.”

Sports of all Sorts gives youngsters possibly their first introduction to sports without the pressure of competition. Participants will be introduced to new sports and games that will help them develop motor skills and build self-esteem.

The Yoga for Kids class allows children to use their flexibility and strength and improve body awareness and coordination.

Several changes and additions have been made this session to the youth athletics programs.
“We are trying to bring as much revenue in as we can,” said Asta. “Some of the programs have been changed and made longer. We are hoping to draw more interest with the programs correlating with the high school seasons.”

The Youth Basketball program will be open for boys in grades first through sixth. This program will focus on teaching the fundamentals of the sport, but will also allow the players to put their skills to use in live games.

The Youth Golf program is designed for boys and girls in sixth through eighth grade where they will learn the basics of golf through work on the course and indoors in the hitting cage. Golfers will also have the opportunity to have their swings analyzed through video clips.

Youth Tennis is open for boys and girls in sixth to eighth grade, who might be interested in playing high school tennis in the future. Each session will teach players the tennis basics such as grip, forehand, backhand, serve and volley. Players will also have the opportunity to put their skills to use in competitions.

The Youth Flag Football program is designed for boys in third and fourth grade where they will learn the basic skills in the game of football in a 7-on-7 format. There will be a total of 10 teams with eight to nine players per team.

The Youth Volleyball program was created for girls in fifth and sixth grade as they prepare for middle school volleyball. Players will learn the different techniques used in the game of volleyball through instruction, drills and repetition, followed by scrimmage games.

Youth Indoor Soccer League is open to players in third through sixth grade as an opportunity for young soccer players to continue playing indoors after the outdoor recreational league. Instruction will start off each session, followed by game play.

A six-week survival course has also been added to the list of programs this year, Matt vs. Wild is  a play off the television show “Man vs. Wild.” Matt vs. Wild will be led by Matt Drewelow, Eagle Scout, and he will teach participants survival skills such as First Aid, fishing, campfires and setting up tents. The last week participants will go on an all-night camp out to use what they learned.

“The basketball, volleyball and tennis programs will be leagues where there will be coaches and teams,” said Asta. “Every kid just wants to play. Instruction is important for development, but they want to show off their skills and get actual playing experience.

“The programs will be longer, well-structured programs which will be beneficial. Hopefully they will catch on and we will be able to expand our sports offerings to meet the community’s needs.”

Two adult leagues have been added to the schedule as well, Adult Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee League and Table Tennis League. Both leagues are open to men and women 14 and up.

Shake and Sway is a new fitness class where participants can shed a few pounds, while having fun. The class teaches the basic steps to a wide range of dances inspired by Latin, hip-hop, country and more.

In the pool, Wednesday Water Workout has been created to give participants a variety in their workouts as each month they will do interval workouts, circuit workouts and yoga.

Water Survival Strategies is a six week course to teach basic rescue techniques in and around the water.

In addition to the new programs, the park district continues to offer their standard classes with one exception. There will be no dance classes this year.

“We still have interest in our original classes,” said Asta. “Revenue generated from those classes helps us start new ones. We are trying to find a way to offer high-quality programs and keep a low cost for the participants and the park district.

“The kids will benefit from the high-quality of instruction and will get a lot of touches with the ball and we think that is important. They will put their skills to use and get an understanding of the essentials.

“We are real excited about the offerings and people are getting excited about what is to come. We hope to get a lot of new members and see new faces around here. We have something here for everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens.”