Big Rapids offers spring recreation programs

Pickleball is one of the many spring recreation programs being offered by the City of Big Rapids. (Pioneer file photos)


BIG RAPIDS — Believe it or not, warmer weather is on the way.

With pickleball, Tai Chi and other programs for all ages already underway, the City of Big Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has announced its spring recreation programs.

There are fees to participate for some programs, while others are free.

Senior Fit Time, instructed by DeMar Hatchew, who is certified in senior fitness, will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from through April 26 at Style Station, 1619 Catherine St. The class is geared to help those in need of a low-impact routine with an emphasis on cardio, balance and muscle stretching. Participants are encouraged to bring a mat, water bottle and personal weights.

Classes, which are $2 each, will be from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday.

For those who enjoy tapping their toes on the dance floor, a handful of line dancing classes continue through April 26 at Artworks’ dance studio, 106 N. Michigan Ave. Taught by Diane Jones, the choreographed line dancing classes are aimed to increase participants’ heart rates for a cardio workout.

All line dancing classes are $2 each.

In this file photo, instructor Mary Loesch leads her Tai Chi class in exercises at Hemlock Park. There are several programs being offered this spring by the Big Rapids Parks and Recreation Department. (Pioneer file photo)

Beginning line dancing classes will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Intermediate classes will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

A special chair line dancing class aimed at helping participants with their range of motion and keeping active will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at The Brook Retirement Community, 13897 215th Ave.

Afternoon line dancing classes for beginners will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on Mondays at The Brook Retirement Community.

Pickleball players can hit the court from 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through April 18 at the Ferris Racquet and Fitness Center, 14342 Northland Drive. Players of any level are welcome to attend the program coordinated by Gary Lenon. Paddles will be available for use. Participants are required to wear tennis shoes at the facility and pay $3.

A separate pickleball program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning on March 15, at the National Guard Armory in Big Rapids, 15900 190th Ave. Cost for the program is $1 (for tape). The program includes training and skills and drills for all levels of players.

Water aerobics will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday through May 4 at the Ferris State University Student Recreation Centre pool, 401 South St. Sherry Williams will lead the low-impact exercise class offered for adults. Classes will begin in the shallow area of the pool and progress to the deep to allow for a full-body workout.

As an ancient form of exercise originally developed in China as a martial art, certified international instructor Mary Loesch will lead participants in a Tai Chi class from noon to 1 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, through May 2 at The Old Jail, 220 S. Stewart St. Participants will benefit from improved muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination. The class is $2 per participant.

Residents who enjoy walking to stay active but want to escape the weather can do so from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, through April 26 in the hallways of Big Rapids Middle School, 500 N. Warren Ave. A map of the school with distances marked on it is available. There is no cost. There will be no walking March 27 to March 31.

Instructor Janitza Sawyer will present a Zumba Gold class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Big Rapids Middle School cafeteria. The class runs until April 9. Zumba Gold is designed for older adults or those starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle, who are looking for a modified Zumba class that creates the original moves at a low intensity. The class, which costs $2 per participant, is designed to introduce easy-to-follow Zumba choreography focusing on balance, range of motion and coordination.

After school tennis will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on April 3. The Big Rapids Community Tennis Association and Ferris’ Professional Tennis Management Program and Club Tennis are offering the free program to students in fifth through eighth grades at the tennis courts at Hemlock Park. Tennis racquets will be available for use.

Children who can’t get enough of large trucks will have an opportunity to visit and explore different ones during the Touch-A-Truck event, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28, at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety parking lot. Children will be able to see the trucks up close, honk horns and have a chance to sit in the driver’s seat at the free event.

Registration forms for spring programs are available at the city’s recreation department, located in City Hall, 226 N. Michigan Ave. Forms also can be faxed to (231) 592-4059.

For more information visit or call (231) 592-4038.


Posted by Brandon Fountain

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