Park offers plenty for summer

PLYMOUTH — Spring has finally arrived, though the temperatures continue to leave most of us skeptical.
Along with the thaw loiters the promise and excitement of another carefree, barefoot summer to come.
So, turn off all the electronic gadgets and push the kids in the direction of the door. Something as seemingly ordinary as spending the day outside, in the fresh air exploring, often turns out to be the day we can’t wait to do again. Be sure to take advantage of all the exceptional programs Plymouth Centennial Park has to offer the community this summer.
Gina Young, recreation director for Centennial Park, is prepared with a full line-up of warm-weather adventures.
“I just love what I am able to do at the park. I love putting smiles on the faces of all the kids, it makes me so happy,” says Young.
Her enthusiasm shines brightly through the many successful events she has orchestrated for the people of Marshall County since taking over the role of recreation director during the fall of 2009.
The 2011 summer park program is sure to entertain and engage through various activities such as swimming, hiking, gardening, learning, crafts, making new friends and much more.
The Plymouth Pool has long been a favorite splash-time for kids during the too-few months we are guaranteed sunshiny weather. The pool is scheduled to open Sunday, May 29, signaling the official kick-off of summer fun at Centennial Park.
Pool passes, group and private swimming lessons through Red Cross certified instructors, and privately scheduled parties are all available through the park office.
Pool passes:
• Family season pass $80 (residents) & $115 (non-residents)
• Daily pass $3/person (children under 4 are free)
• Open swimming: Monday-Friday 12 to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 to 8 p.m. (Children age 12 and under are required to be accompanied by an adult.)
• Group swimming lessons: Monday-Thursday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Session 1 — June 6-23
Session 2 — June 27-July 14
(No Session July 4)
Session 3 — July 18-Aug. 4
Cost per session: $35 (resident); $45 (non-resident)
• Private lessons with one-on-one instruction: Monday-Thursday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Cost per session: $55/week (resident) and $60/week (non-resident)
2011 Day Camp
The 2011 Day Camp at the park is a great way to get the kids outdoors, moving and enjoying the benefits of having something as valuable as Centennial Park available. The day camp program is designed with the intention of “utilizing all that the park has to offer,” says Young. It will engage and entertain young minds and the roster of activities is adjusted yearly based on “embracing and building on all the activities that the children and parents loved” in past years.
Day campers stay busy with fun-packed, structured activities that keep energy positive throughout the day. A focus on ‘nature safety and awareness’ the week of June 13 is set to launch the 2011 Day Camp.
Some of the other activities scheduled to take place are treasure hunts, theatrical performances with the purpose of discovering individual talents, team and individual sporting events, healthy lifestyle education, planting and maintaining the community garden, water Olympic-style competitions, science experiments, and animal discoveries… just to name a few.
The qualified camp counselors have room for up to 40 participants daily. The camp begins June 13 and runs through Aug. 12 and is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Registration is required at the park office prior to initial participation in the program.
All emergency contact information is required. The fee is $70/week for residents or $75/week for non-residents. Enhance your child’s summer experience by signing them up for 2011 Day Camp at the park today.
Centennial Park and its’ staff comprise an impressive gem in the community of Plymouth. The dedicated and service-oriented team behind the park’s success is ready to assist you with any questions you may need answered.
Information can be obtained through contacting Gina Young at 574-936-2876 or
Or, just before you turn off all the electronic gadgets, virtually visit the park on Facebook by searching for ‘Plymouth Park Department.’ The variety and opportunity for fun at our city’s Centennial Park are endless, unlike our soothing, sunshiny summer days.