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PH Recreation summer programs ready to roll

Photo courtesy of Port Huron Parks and Recreation Sanborn Pool at 1919 Sanborn Street in Port Huron will offer open swims and swimming lessons this summer.

Aquatics program needs teachers and lifeguards

By Barb Pert Templeton

The 2022 summer guide for the Port Huron Recreation Department is packed with 18-pages of activities for all ages. Everything from open swims at local pools, splash pads at local parks, and a huge variety of classes, literally offering something for everyone seeking fun in the sun this summer.

Melanie Chandler, the co-supervisor of the Port Huron Recreation Department, said the traditional swimming and sports programs are extremely popular and enrollment fills up very quickly but there are also lots of new offerings on the schedule as well.

Photo courtesy of Port Huron Parks and Recreation
Palmer Park offers lots of playground equipment for kids.

An archery explorer camp, made possible by a grant Recreation Coordinator Emily May secured, is being offered for the first time for those ages 8 to 14. The week-long camp is set for Aug. 22 -26 at Palmer Park. May went to training for the course and got all the supplies needed to ensure a great program with range safety and proper stance and shooting techniques taught. Registration begins on Aug. 8 for the program and the cost is $20 for residents and $40 for non-residents.

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Other new offerings include a ‘Learn to Sail’ class for those ages 18 and up at the Port Huron Yacht Club, or those 13-17 can attend with an adult. The course will include both classroom and time on the water sessions on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. on the water, the class begins on May 19. The cost is $50 for residents and $75 for non-residents.

Photo courtesy of Port Huron Parks and Recreation
Lincoln Park has playground equipment with a nautical theme and the park offers a view of the St. Clair River.

A Senior Fitness Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays is new and offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., May 31 to Aug. 18 at the Palmer Park Pavilion. The cost is $35 for residents, $5 for drop-ins or $50 for non-residents and $10 for drop-ins. 

Plus, all are invited to Work out with the YMCA at McLaren Stage at McMorran Place on various days each week from May 31 to Sept. 2 with both morning and evening sessions offered. The workout is free and the exact dates and times can be viewed in the recreation department brochure online at porthuronrec.com

Parks Passport and Sanborn Park Trail

The Port Huron Parks Passport program is designed to have families visit all seven parks in Port Huron to enjoy the new playground equipment installed at many venues, Chandler said.

Photo courtesy of Port Huron Parks and Recreation
Lighthouse Park is located at 2900 Conger Street in Port Huron.

Participants can register online for the program and then stop by the Palmer Park Recreation offices to pick up their passports. Children ages 3 to12 who visit all seven parks, taking a photo at each location, before Aug. 31, can earn a free t-shirt.

The Sanborn Park Multi-Use Trail is a brand-new offering that includes a mile-long train in the woods for walking, running, and bicycling but no motorized vehicles are allowed. An outside loop is for beginner-level bike riding and the inside loop is for intermediate level. Chandler said she’s enjoyed visiting the trail several times now and it’s fun and also quite the workout. She also noted that the entrance to the trail is on the east side of the park behind the basketball courts. Other popular stops for recreating this summer in Port Huron include the inground pools at Sanborn Park and Court Street Pool from June 23 to Aug. 19 with certified lifeguards on duty and children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Check the recreation brochure for times and fees.

A trio of splash pads is also a very popular cooling-off spot throughout the summer. Chandler said. The self-operating units are located at Stebbins Family Splash Pad at Knox Park, McMorran Place Plaza Splash Pad, and Lakeside Park Splashpad. All are free and open Monday thru Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Life guards/Swim Instructors sought

Amid all the great programs being offered this summer via Port Huron Recreation they still need aquatics staff including life guards and swimming instructors. 

Aquatics Director Margaret Dekoyer-Watson said lifeguard candidates must be certified through the American Red Cross or the YMCA or be willing to take the classes for certification prior to the pools opening in mid-June. In fact, the recreation department is even offering an American Red Cross lifeguard certification course from June 12-17 for those interested in working at the pools this summer.

There are both full and part-time employment opportunities for lifeguards and swimming instructors, Dekoyer-Watson said. For the latter position, she said anyone that has a healthy attitude about water safety and a love of working with children is welcome to apply.

The pay range is between $11 and $14 an hour and while the pools won’t be open until mid-June, Dekoyer-Watson said she has a lot of in-service programs prior to individuals applying should be ready to start work on June 1. 

To see the complete recreation brochure for Summer 2022 visit the website at porthuronrec.com or call the recreation offices for additional information at (810)984-9760.

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