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Joseph A. Menter - Recreation Supervisor
3278 Whitehaven Road
Previous Recreation Department News
GI Recreation Department Courts Open - July 2017
Top: Tennis, middle: Pickleball, bottom: Street/Roller Hockey.Havenwood courts are now open! The facility includes two pickeball courts, one tennis court and a street / roller hockey court. Each court has a surface specifically designed for the sport. The roller hockey surface is a harder material designed to handle the use of hockey sticks and roller blades. The tennis and pickleball surface is a softer material designed for more traction and bounce of the tennis balls and pickleballs. Sticks and blades are allowed only on the hockey court.
Kaegebein courts are in the process of being resurfaced. They are scheduled to be open in late July. Due to the deteriorated condition of the courts, they had to be completely redone. The surface had to be milled up and new black top laid down. The black top surface has to cure for 30 days before the court surface can be put down. Once it is finished it will have two tennis courts and one tennis court will also be lined for pickleball. There is no street or roller hockey allowed at this facility - please use the Havenwood hockey court.
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. If you are unfamiliar with the sport or wish to learn more, check out the USA Pickleball Association website at www.usapa.org.A ribbon cutting ceremony for both facilities is planned for late July, keep an eye out for the date and time. More information on the facilities, recreation programs and contact info can be found at www.ginyrec.com or by calling the Recreation Department at 773-9680.
Help keep our courts in good condition - only tennis, pickleball and roller hockey on the surfaces designed for each sport. Please, no dogs, bikes or any other unauthorized activity.
GI Recreation Department Thank You - July 2017
Click photo for larger view."Thank you to Isledegrande for advertising the Independence Day Parade and Dick Bessel Run and Recreation Programs. We hope everyone had a great 4th of July and enjoyed the parade." - Grand Island Recreation Staff
GI Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt - April 2017
Recreation Department employee Chris Serra and Supervisor Joe Mentor give out instructions.
The Grand Island Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt and Island Easter Bunny visit on Friday, April 14th at the Town Commons,was a well attended event. Hundreds of kids showed up to snatch up over 4000 eggs.
GI Recreation Adult Softball and Soccer Leagues- April 2017The GI Recreation Department Adult Co-Ed Soccer League begins Sunday, June 4th, registration ends May 18th. See details.
The GI Recreation Department Adult Co-Ed Softball League begins week of May 8th, registration ends April 20th. See details.
GI Recreation Department Art Studio - April 2017The Grand Island Recreation Department will be opening an Art Studio geared for teenagers in grades 9-12. The studio is located in the Activity Center at the Nike Base. Participants will have the opportunity to work on art of all different types - painting, drawing, sewing, photography, sculpture, potter etc. The studio will also host workshops, guest speakers, art shows, art socials and more. A variety of art supplies are available for participants of all artistic abilities. Recreation Department staff will supervise the studio and be available to guide and mentor participants. Staff includes current art teachers from the high school and college art students.
This new program was made possible through a collaborative effort between the Grand Island Recreation Department and the Grand Island Central School District Art Club. The Art Club and its members, under the direction of teacher Cindy Wynne, have been hard at work over the last few months to get the studio ready. They have acquired tables, cabinets, desks and stools donated from the school district as well as furniture and art supplies through various donors. The Recreation Department has purchased basic supplies to help participants get started including easels, paint, paper and rulers.
Art studio hours will be Friday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Additional days will be announced at a later date. A grand opening is planned for Saturday, April 22 from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. We will have a ceremony with light refreshments at 2:00 p.m.
GI Recreation Department Co-Ed Golf League - April 2017The Grand Island Recreation Department is sponsoring a Co-Ed Adult Golf League on Thursday evenings, starting May 18th and running through July 20th, at Beaver Island Golf Course. The league is limited to 12 - two person teams. See flyer for details.
GI Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt - March 2017
The Grand Island Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt and Island Easter Bunny visit is on Friday, April 14th at the Town Commons, starting at 10:00 a.m. The hunt for 5-10 year-olds will be at 10:15 a.m. and the toddler - 4 year-olds at 10:30 a.m. You can get a picture with the Island Easter Bunny, Guess the Eggs contest and do Easter themed coloring. See flyer for more details.