Maggie Daley Park adds slime and archery programs

(Published April 1, 2019)

By Jesse Wright, Staff Writer

In March, area residents got their first chance to sign up for spring programs for 2019 at Maggie Daley Park.

Park supervisor Jackie Guthrie said residents will see the same standard programs from summers past along with a few new programs to check out.

One new program targets kids with special needs.

“It’s a new program citywide that the special recreation program is offering,” Guthrie said. “We want to provide different programming to make sure we’re hitting different audiences, and we want to make sure we’re offering programs for kids with and without disabilities.”

The park is also changing with the times. Slime is a big hit among kids these days, so Guthrie said there’s a program for that, too.

“Kids love slime so we’re going to do a class all about slime,” she explained. There will now be an adults-only archery program offered on Saturday. In only a week of sign ups, Guthrie said that program, aimed at beginners, is getting a bit of interest.

“I think for a lot of people it’s just sparking their interest,” she said. “It’s people who wanted to learn a new skill and they want to take a new class to see if they like it. That starts in April.”

A four-week session  is $20 and the park provides all the archery equipment. The park is also offering a slew of afterschool sports for youths. Sports such as track and field, tennis and soccer begin at 4:30, Guthrie said. Meanwhile, pickleball, a popular local sport for adults, will add sessions.

“Last year our pickleball days were Monday and Wednesday, and starting in May it will be Monday through Friday, and that’s free,” Guthrie said.

Residents looking forward to getting out and doing something other than lacing up skates will have some of their favorites activities return as soon as April.

“Our climbing wall and our scooter and roller blade rental will be opening April 13,” Guthrie said. “That’s something exciting for everyone in the neighborhood.”

For a list of activities, times and costs, visit the park’s website, maggiedaleypark.com.

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