By Cindy Johnson
The weather has turned colder, the skies are grey and most creatures have already started thinking about hibernating away the winter months. Luckily for humans, there’s no need to hibernate when Redmond Parks & Recreation has all sorts of great programs to help beat the winter blues!
The Winter Recreation Guide will be out in November and features programs for people of all ages and ability levels from January through April 2010. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about what activities would be fun for the New Year. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to fence, or maybe you want to shed some of those holiday pounds by taking a dance class, or possibly you have decided this is the year you will get back in touch with your artistic side and take a class at the Clay Studio at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center (ORSCC).
Whether you’re looking for something specific or just browsing the catalog in hopes of finding a way to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls at home, chances are you’ll discover the perfect fit in the Winter Recreation Guide.
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Another idea for beating the winter blues is to rent a room at ORSCC. Plan a Chinese New Year party, an extended family potluck or perhaps organize a game night with a group of friends. Regardless of the activity, there is most likely a room at ORSCC that will be great fit. Prices start at just $30, which is cheaper than having to clean your own house to host a gathering! For a full listing of options available, visit the rental page.
Don’t forget about visiting Redmond’s parks in the off season. If you dislike having to fight for parking at Idylwood Park in July, plan a trip to the beach in December. Chances are you’ll have the park to yourself, and can enjoy a relaxing experience connecting with nature just minutes from your front door. The family driving you nuts over the Thanksgiving holiday? Pack everyone off to the Watershed and spend an afternoon walking off that turkey by exploring the many trails available. You’d be amazed at how much protection from the rain a tree canopy offers, but to be safe don’t forget to wear a raincoat and sturdy shoes, or better yet, rubber boots! Remember, regardless of the weather outside - It’s always a Great Day to Play!