Summer camps, classes to beat the heat

KINGMAN ­ With the school year near its end, the Kingman Department of Parks and Recreation is gearing up for its summer programs.

"We have a lot of new camps and classes this year," said Recreation Coordinator Marty Wolford. "We have classes on drawing, bowling and even a wilderness class."

Wolford said a lot of the new classes were added because individuals from the community came to the department wanting to teach classes.

"They came to us. We had them put in a proposal, and it went from there," he said.

The department is working with the local high school and junior high coaches in holding its sports camps.

KHS basketball coaches Dave Vance and Darrin Peppard are running a series of basketball camps throughout the summer. Football coach Jay Weakland is holding a football camp in August for kids entering third through eighth grades.

KJHS coach Todd Winebarger is running several sports camps for kids ages 7 and under.

Wolford said the city's two pools (Harrison and Grandview) would be open to the public on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Swimming lessons will begin on June 6. A summer day camp for 6- to 12-year-olds begins on June 6 as well.

The Heidenreich Adult Center will continue to provide classes to senior citizens during the course of the summer.

While each of the classes and camps do have fees, Wolford said it goes back into the programs.

"It goes to our facilities, goes to equipment. It helps pay the instructors. There's not much of a profit," he said.

For more information on what classes and programs are being offered, free guides are available at the Parks and Recreation office at 3333 N. Harrison.