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Park districts prepare for spring weather

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:48 p.m. CDT
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(Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)
Lily Beck (left), 2, of DeKalb, and her mother, Melissa, work out together during a Tumble Tots class April 15 at the Haish Gymnasium in DeKalb.

Colleen Belmont had hoped the days of sunny skies and warmer temperatures were here to stay.

The DeKalb Park District program director was glad to see so many residents utilizing the local parks while the weather was nice.

“There were tons of dogs out on the street and lots more bicycles,” she said.

But it seems those days were merely a brief preview of the spring weather the area has yet to enjoy on a regular basis.

Colder temperatures, heavy rain and strong winds have forced both the DeKalb and Sycamore park districts to move many of their activities indoors. Sycamore Golf Course and the Sycamore Park District administrative offices were flooded last week, along with parks and roadways on DeKalb’s south side.

That means outdoor programs such as tennis lessons, soccer camps and lifeguarding classes have been held in gyms and other indoor facilities, Belmont said.

But the less than desirable weather won’t deter some residents.

Sycamore Park District’s Superintendent of Recreation Bart Desch said all 20 of the registered children and their parents showed up to the district’s T-ball league practice on a cold, windy evening earlier this month. But the rest of the district’s baseball, softball and rugby leagues have struggled to meet consistently because of the unpredictable weather.

“All the groups are having that issue,” he said.

But Desch and Belmont agreed the show must go on.

Julie Eggleston, executive director of the Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association, said the organization has many activities planned in the coming weeks – rain or shine. The association offers recreational opportunities to individuals with special needs with the DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa park districts.

May kicks off several of these events and programs including softball, golf, soccer and a local dinner series at outdoor venues.

Sycamore and DeKalb residents can enjoy similar programs and camps this season including tennis, golf and swimming lessons, baseball and softball leagues and horseback riding at On Eagle’s Wings Equine Center in Kirkland.

Registration is open for all spring and summer programs in these districts, and early registration is strongly encouraged.

“We can handle really any number as long as we know ahead of time,” Eggleston said.

For more information on each of these programs visit www.dekalbparkdistrict.com,www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com or call Julie Eggleston at the Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association at 815-758-6663, ext. 122.

Upcoming events

DeKalb Park District

• Scholarship Golf Outing, May 10 at River Heights, 1020 Sharon Drive, Sign up 815-758-6663, $50 player fee

• Summer Quest Day Camp, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10 through Aug. 23. Sign up 815-756-8560

Sycamore Park District

• Spring Fishing Derby, 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Lake Sycamore, 400 N. Cross St.

• Mother-Son Date Night, 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Four Seasons Sports, 1745 DeKalb Ave.

• Park Pride Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 4, sign up at administration building, 940 E. State St.

Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association

• Special Olympics Benefit with Opportunity House, 6 to 11 p.m., May 10 at Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore

• Camp Maple Leaf, 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. June 17 through Aug 1. Sign up at 815-758-6663, ext. 122

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