Winter recreation programs offer something for everybody

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 29, 2020

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s never too early to sign up for Clinton Township Parks and Recreation programs.

The department’s 2020 schedule is full of familiarities. And though we’re in the throes of winter, the department is already seeking seasonal employees to hire for the spring and summer sessions.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Frank Pizzo said applications will be accepted until March 1, with applicants having to be at least juniors in high school. They will work from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and will get the Fourth of July week off.

Pizzo said the schedule has allowed current and past seasonal employees to bolster their resumes while working on the side in other fields. Potential employees do not necessarily have to be seeking a career in the field.

“We’ll take any motivated, self-starting, hard-working someone who wants to make a difference in someone’s lives,” Pizzo said.

On Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. and noon, the annual Easter Egg-Citement event will take place on the grounds of the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road. The cost is $6.50 for residents, $8.50 for nonresidents. Adults and infants under 12 months old will be admitted for free.

This year’s always popular Daddy-Daughter Dance will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Mirage Banquet Hall, 16980 18 Mile Road. Up to 800 people will be able to take part.

This year’s theme is “Pirates and Princesses” and will include meals, desserts, keepsake photos, gifts for the females and theme-related activities. It costs $21 per resident or $27.50 for nonresidents.

“This is an event that’s gone from 50 people at Algonquin Middle School … to an event that’s one of the largest in the state of Michigan,” Pizzo said.

Youth Painting Party will be back from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Steiner Community Building. Children ages 8 to 13 will be able to attend the step-by-step class that is suitable for all skill levels.

A canvas, acrylic paint, brushes and an apron will be included as part of the $12 registration fee. Pizzo said it could help younger people find new passions or skills of which they were potentially unaware.

Sporties for Shorties 2.0 is back with myriad sports being offered to kids ages 3 and 4. For $47 and located at the Civic Center Gym, the nearly monthlong activities build upon the original two-decade program.

Pizzo said it’s a class full of the basics that helps kids and, in turn, local coaches who eventually may coach some of these youngsters.

“It just doesn’t help with developing that sports skill; it develops a social skill and hopefully a positive parent in our program,” he said.

Drop-in dodgeball is a wildly popular program. Youth ages 8 to 14 can pay $25 and participate in drop-in games between Feb. 7 and March 13 at the Civic Center Gym.

And while co-ed pickleball is already sold out, the department wants to continue to encourage people of all ages to utilize the pickleball courts constructed in the past couple of years. They are located at both the Civic Center and Neil E. Reid Park, 37705 Harper Ave.

Pizzo said it has become popular not just locally, but nationally, due to participants being able to easily transition from sports like tennis, racquetball and pingpong.

“Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States,” Pizzo said. “It used to just be a senior sport. Now you’re seeing all ages getting involved. Everyone thought lacrosse was gonna be huge, everyone thought soccer was gonna be huge in America, but it’s pickleball.”

Other activities residents and nonresidents can sign up for include karate, aerobics, dance classes, pony riding and basketball.

To register or find more information, visit the department’s Facebook page, email, or call (586) 286-9336.