The Southfield Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled its new programs and classes for November and December, which include, youth sports clinics, dance classes and family activities, among others. Pictured, kids play at Inglenook Park before the weather turns.

The Southfield Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled its new programs and classes for November and December, which include, youth sports clinics, dance classes and family activities, among others. Pictured, kids play at Inglenook Park before the weather turns.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Southfield Parks and Rec launches new programs, classes

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published October 27, 2020

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SOUTHFIELD — Whether you’re a senior just looking to get out or a young adult trying to find an opportunity for physical activity, the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department has a program for you.

The department launched its new winter activities guide, which includes programs and classes for November and December.

The programs range from family activities such as bingo and crafts to sports clinics for young kids to Zumba and dance classes for adults.

The cost for each program varies, and more information can be found at https://www.cityofsouthfield.com/departments/parks-recreation or by calling (248) 796-4620.

“We want to keep that open door for people and let them know that we’re here for them and that we have their safety in mind,” Southfield Parks and Recreation Director Terry Fields said. “We have their health in mind going forward to be able to keep them active in a safe way.”

With the weather cooling down, classes and programs will move indoors, which creates a unique challenge for the department during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The department has come up with a comprehensive plan to ensure participants remain safe during these activities.

Some protocols in place include:

• All instructors and participants must properly wear face masks, social distancing is required and class sizes are limited.

• Temperature checks will be required, with anyone over 100.4 degrees denied entry.

• Restrooms will have a limit of one person at a time.

• No equipment will be shared.

• Hand sanitizer will be available.

• No spectators or non-registered individuals will be allowed in the building.

• Participants may enter 10 minutes prior to the class and must leave promptly after, and participants must pre-register for all programs.

“Our programmers and our facility supervisors have worked with the city to acquire some extra cleaning supplies and (personal protection equipment),” Southfield Parks and Recreation Facility Supervisor Russell Malburg said. “Each program that we have is going to have a staff member on-site that has these kits that we’ve made that they take from place to place.”

The department encourages anyone looking to get out of the house to check out the variety of programs the city has to offer.

There are a variety of ways to register for a class, including online at www.apm.activecommunities.com/SouthfieldParks, by calling (248) 796-4620, by faxing the registration form to (248) 796-4605 or by mailing the form to the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department at 26000 Evergreen Road, P.O. Box 2055 Southfield, MI 48037-2055.

The department is no longer accepting personal checks as payment, and a full refund or transfer will be given if the class is cancelled or someone is unable to register because the class is full.

“We know that our days of having successful events outside and programs outside, as Michigan has a history of dictating, is going to come to an end pretty quick,” Malburg said. “Right as the weather starts to get a little sketchy, we have the go ahead and the confidence that we can successfully program inside.”

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