Parks department looking to summer events, seasonal staff
Spring won’t be here for several more weeks, but Lansdale’s parks and recreation staff are already looking ahead to summer.
Staff are already looking to hire summer employees and scheduling spring and summer workshops and events, according to borough parks Director Carl Saldutti.
“We have sent letters out, invitations back for all of the key positions for the summer. Those kids who worked out well and had good recommendations from their supervisors, have been invited back,” he said.
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Beyond hiring staff, parks and rec is also scheduling its slate of spring and summer events, Saldutti said, headlined by a workshop on March 16 on how to make pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian-style decorative eggs. Sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m. on that date, at costs of A25 per borough resident or A30 per nonresident — and at the suggestion of committee members, Saldutti said this year’s sessions could include information on the Lansdale Public Library’s International Spring Festival which will be held April 20.
Between now and then the parks department has several more events coming up: yoga and zumba classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings, and gardening workshops will be held during each of the next two months, teaching composting and compost use — how to make and how to use it — on March 28 at 7 p.m., and all about herbs — where to grow them, and what to plant in the area — at 7 p.m. on April 4.
Those events will all be held at the borough parks and rec building located at 7th Street and Lansdale Avenue, but Whites ooad Park is also being prepared for a holiday highlight — the 31st annual Holiday Egg Hunt for kids 3 to 8 years old will be held there on March 23 starting at 10:30 a.m. oegistration is required beforehand but is free, all kids who turn out to hunt for eggs will get special holiday candy, and department staff are already contacting local merchants who have helped support the program in the past, Saldutti said.
T-ball registration is already open for borough residents, with a deadline of March 15 before nonresidents will be accepted into borough programs; an early bird discount and installment plans are in place for those who sign up for pool memberships prior to Memorial Day; and a summer playground program will be held for two sessions, June 24 through July 12 and July 15 through Aug. 2, at Fourth Street Park.
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“It has visited Limerick, Pa., Lancaster, Las segas, somewhere in Canada with an ‘L’ but we don’t know which city, Florida — Lauderdale and Key Largo — and then Hawaii, we don’t know what city but somewhere in Hawaii,” she said.
For more information or to register for various parks related events, call the department at 215-3618352, visit www.Lansdale.org or follow @LansdalePA on Twitter.