Parks de­part­ment look­ing to sum­mer events, sea­sonal staff

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nalregis­

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.

Life­guards at the bor­ough’s Whites ooad and Fourth Street pools will be KLUHG wLWK UHWuUnLnJ VWDII JHWWLnJ fiUVW shot at those jobs, Sal­dutti told coun­cil’s parks and rec com­mit­tee, and once the bor­ough hears from its re­turn­ing staff it will move ahead with new hires. Life­guard ap­pli­cants must EH DW OHDVW 15 yHDUV ROG DnG FHUWL­fiHG, while those who would like to work the front desks at each pool don’t have to be life­guards.

“6RPH SRROV wLOO fiOO DOO RI WKHLU SRVLWLRnV wLWK FHUWL­fiHG [OLIHJuDUGV@, DnG the front desk be­comes part of their ro­ta­tion. We might start to in­tro­duce that slowly,” but for now both are sep­a­rate po­si­tions, he said.

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.

And a keep­sake from the borRuJK’V fiUVW FRunGHUV DDy FHOHEUD­tion in 2011 has seen quite a bit of the coun­try, com­mit­tee Chair Mary Fuller said — a travel bug with a dPS tracker was orig­i­nally meant to visit cities with names that start with L, and Fuller listed quite a few it has since been tracked to.

“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.Lans­ or fol­low @Lans­dalePA on Twit­ter.

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