Great Things Happening in the Recreation Department
At the Shorewood Recreation Department, "lifelong learning" is key. From youth sports to adult fitness and summer enrichment courses, the Recreation Department has something to offer for everyone in the greater Shorewood community.
As many residents would agree, the heart of the Shorewood community lies largely within the school district. With its office located on the first floor of the Administration Building within the Shorewood High School campus, the Recreation Department's programs are fully integrated with school facilities, sharing the weight room, pool facilities, and classrooms with physical education classes throughout the day.
"The Shorewood Recreation Department and the Shorewood School District are such wonderful partners. As a new family to Shorewood, this seamless partnership was immediately apparent to our family and such an incredible resource," said new resident Melissa Marschka.
Membership to the Shorewood Community Fitness Center is open to all Shorewood residents and also non-residents, though a greater fee applies for non-residents. With membership comes access to the fitness center facility, as well as open swims at the VHE Pool, which is located on the Shorewood High School campus.
Participants in Shorewood Recreation are able to take courses such as zumba, step aerobics, yoga, self-defense, shallow or deep water aerobics, aqua boot camp, and many more. Last year, Shorewood Recreation counted 5,579 total participants across 1,251 programs. In addition to intergenerational programming, the Shorewood Rec. Department also runs intramural sports for high school students as well as special events throughout the year. These events often correspond to the current season. For example, the Rec. Department organizes a "Shorewood Fowl 5K" run just before Thanksgiving, and a shopping trip to Chicago during the holidays.
According to the Rec. Department staff, some favorite programs include Midgets and Minors summer baseball, Drama Junior for grades 4-8, which performs 3 productions throughout the year, youth basketball, and various arts classes. Another unique offering from Shorewood Rec. is the ability to rent garden plots located on the SHS campus, for those who do not have access to their own green space. Though there is a small fee for most recreation activities, the Shorewood Rec. Department offers payment plans for families who are experiencing financial restrictions.
The Rec. Department's summer programs are also popular with families, providing affordable activities for kids throughout the summer.
"Having just moved to Shorewood from Maryland, I was so impressed with the range of activities that the Shorewood Recreation Department offers to the community," said Shorewood staff member and parent Ted Knight. "We had nothing like this in our previous community. My kids really enjoyed all the summer programs and now basketball has been a great activity as the weather has turned colder. The Rec. Staff does a really wonderful job, and their programs help make Shorewood a special community to live in."
With hundreds of programs to choose from throughout the year, Shorewood Recreation is always looking for ways to expand.
"We network with other recreation departments for ideas and trends, and we co-op classes with nearby departments to promote programs," said Rec. Department secretary Barb Xistris. "We value recommendations for new programs."
In addition to participation in programs and classes, you can support the Shorewood Recreation Department through "Donation for Recreation." Simply indicate a donation or "round up" amount when you register for a class, in person, online, or over the phone.
To learn more about the Shorewood Recreation Department, please visit their website.
Monday December, 1, 2014 at 03:52PM
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