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Parks and Recreation Opens Registration for After School Program; Holds Informational Meetings

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for its After School Program for the 2017-2018 school year that begins on September 5 and will hold open houses for two  other programs.

The program costs $5 per week per child and is offered at select elementary schools in the El Paso and Ysleta Independent School Districts. Parents may register children ages five through 12 at any City recreation or senior center.

The program starts September 5, with hours from school dismissal to 6 p.m. A healthy snack is served on a daily basis.

The After School Program is designed to keep participants in a safe and fun environment by providing homework space, table games, sports activities, arts and crafts, and much more.

This particular program operates with the support of the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation.

Officials also invite the public to learn about two other daycare and pre-school services provided at Veterans Recreation Center (5301 Salem Drive | (915) 822-8859 ) and the Galatzan Recreation Center (650 Wallenberg Drive | (915) 842-8754 )

Each location will host an open house at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, August, 18.

Both recreation center locations have competitive rates, and residents may be eligible for discounted rates.

The hours of operation for the daycare are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, there is a pre-school program from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration is now open for both programs and applications will be taken on a first paid basis.

For more information on the After School Program, including elementary school locations, visit the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department Website or call at (915) 212-0393.

El Paso Parks and Rec hosts Trailblazers Outdoor Adventure Camp Out Friday

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an “Outdoor Adventure Campout” this Friday, July 14.

The annual in-the-city adventure runs though 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, at Memorial Park located at 3100 Copper Avenue. Camp spaces in the park will be on a first come-first served basis.

The campout encourages participants to stay overnight in the park and will include swimming across the street at Memorial Pool, in addition to a variety of family oriented activities.

Families must provide their own tents, food, refreshments, (no alcohol) and supplies. Registration fee for the campout is $5 per child (17 years of age and younger) and $10 per adult.

To register or for additional information, call the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department at (915) 544-0753 or online.

Grand Opening Celebration Set for Saturday for Westside Spray Park

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department invites families for an official grand opening of the Westside Spray Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Westside Community Park at 7400 High Ridge.

The grand opening celebration of the City’s newest spray park will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a family-friendly celebration that includes free games, live music, educational booths and free food.

The Westside Spray Park features a splash pad with a large dump bucket and more than 20 water features such as spouts and fountains. The spray park has other amenities, such as a shaded are picnic tables, security lighting, security cameras, ADA accessible sidewalks and landscaping.

The Westside Spray Park is the fifth spray park completed by the City, costing approximately $884,000. Funding for the project came from end of year savings.

The spray parks operate by recirculating water through filtration and chemical sanitation systems, not unlike those found in pools. The typical water turnover is 30 to 60 minutes, which is the same for most wading pools.

Customers control the water usage by depressing a button or passing near motion detectors. If there is no one playing in an area, then no water flows.

Additional spray parks are under construction throughout the City, one in each of the City Representative Districts. The City recently opened Grandview Spray Park and Pavo Real Spray Park; Sue Young Spray Park and Hidden Valley Spray Park opened in 2016. The following spray parks will open just in time for summer:

  • Marty Robbins Spray Park, 11600 Vista Del Sol Dr.
  • Braden Aboud Spray Park, 4325 Riverbend Dr.
  • Salvador Rivas Jr. Spray Park, 12480 Pebble Hills Dr.

The spray park projects are part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance El Paso’s quality of life through recreational, cultural and educational environments.

EPW Cuts Ribbon on Dual Purpose Park and Pond in Central El Paso

Community leaders and neighbors gathered for a ribbon cutting earlier this week at Pollard Park Pond in Central El Paso. Neighbors expressed appreciation for improvements they say have deterred illegal dumping and improved the overall look of the area.

Jorge Almada, president of the Central Neighborhood Association, had been trying for years to get the strip of land cleaned up. He finally saw his efforts come to fruition when the park pond was completed earlier this summer.

“This used to be an empty lot full of weeds, trash, mattresses,” he said. “Now look at the difference.”

The event was hosted by El Paso Water and included remarks from President/CEO John Balliew and District 2 city Rep. Jim Tolbert.

The event spotlighted the completion of Pollard Park Pond, one of several projects designed and constructed to improve flood control in the Government Hills drainage system. The project increased the pond’s capacity, wrought iron gates replaced chain-link fences, and new landscaping was introduced that included new trees, plants, a walking path and benches.

“We were able to take this vacant piece of land and build this beautiful facility, and we really appreciate the input of the community,” Balliew said. “This is the culmination of all that effort. Park ponds have a dual purpose of reducing the flood risk and improving quality of life. Each is developed in coordination with the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department.”

“El Paso needs park ponds as part of the essential stormwater infrastructure,” Tolbert noted. “It doesn’t rain often around here, but when it does, look out…at the same time, these ponds can serve a recreational role. In District 2, we certainly need access to more parks, and features such as park ponds help us to do just that. It’s already begun to have a positive impact on the neighborhood.”

Pollard Pond is one of four capital projects completed in the Central stormwater system. The pond can collect up to 740,000 gallons of storm water and convey most of it to the Pershing Dam, east of US-54.

The pond also diverts some water into the Government Hills Channel.

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