City of Big Rapids announces summer recreation programs

The Charles E. Fairman Swimming Pool in Big Rapids opens to the public on Monday, June 17. In addition to enjoying the local pool, there are a variety of other recreation programs area residents can take advantage of this summer. (Pioneer file photo/Taylor Fussman)

BIG RAPIDS — As people leave the chilly winter weather behind them and embrace the warmer summer temperatures, Big Rapids residents can participate in a wide variety of recreation programs offered throughout the city.

In addition to several classes people can sign up for, there are a few special events scheduled this summer.

The annual downtown farmers markets started earlier this month, and people can continue to shop for a variety of produce and other goods from noon to 5 p.m on Tuesdays until Sept. 24, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays until Oct. 25.

Another activity locals can take part in a little later this summer are free weekly concerts at the Hemlock Park Bandshell. Concerts take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 19 through Aug. 14.

People looking to get active this summer have many options as well.

On Saturday, June 8, the local Girls on the Run will host a 5K run/walk at the Hemlock Park Bandshell, located behind the Big Rapids Middle School. Registration for the event will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. the day of the race. The event will begin at 9:45 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m.

There is a small fee to complete the race, but Girls on the Run participants and coaches can join in for free.

People also can get on their feet for National Dance Day on June 22. At 4 p.m. residents can head to the Hemlock Park Bandshell to experience the joy of dance with instructor Janitza Sawyer. No experience is necessary to attend this event.

To beat the summer heat, people also can stop by the Charles E. Fairman Community Pool from June 17 through Aug. 23. The pool will be closed on July 4.

For a full schedule and pool fees, visit brpr.org or call the pool information line at (231) 796-7798.

There also are several classes people can sign up for this summer.

Introductory tennis lessons will be offered at the Hemlock Park tennis courts in three sections, July 8 to July 11, July 15 to July 19 and July 22 to July 25.

Classes for ages 4 through 6 are scheduled for 5:30 to 6 p.m., ages 7 through 9 for 6 to 6:45 p.m. and ages 10 through eighth grade from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Those looking for something a bit slower paced can take tai chi lessons from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays this summer at Hemlock Park. Classes began on May 13 and will come to a close on July 24.

Line dance classes also started earlier this month, and will continue throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Artworks dance studio until July 25. Instructor Diane Jones will lead beginners from 8 to 9 a.m. and intermediate students from 9 to 10 a.m.

Pickleball lessons also are available in Big Rapids from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Oct. 1 at the Ferris Racquet and Fitness Center.

People can participate in “Senior Fit Time” or “Delay the Disease: Fitness for Parkinson’s” classes as well.

“Senior Fit Time” takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays until July 25 at Style Station, 1619 Catherine St.

This class is geared to help people who require a low-impact routine get the exercise they need. There will be no classes from June 4 to June 13.

Finally, “Delay the Disease: Fitness for Parkinson’s” is scheduled for 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays until July 25. This fitness class is designed to slow the progression of Parkinson’s diseases through stretching, balance work, strength training and more.

There will be no classes from June 4 to June 13.

To register for a program or for more information, visit brpr.org or call (231) 592-4038.

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Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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