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Yuma Parks and Recreation Main Office in City Hall / 928-373-5243
Yuma Art Center and Historic Yuma Theatre / 928-373-5202
Yuma Civic Center / 928-373-5040
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T he City of Yuma Parks and Recreation is dedicated to our mission of serving the community and promoting the
spirit of fun! Our professional staff works diligently to provide the quality programs, activities, play spaces, and facilities that we are known for and that the public expects. On behalf of Yuma Parks and Recreation, Id like to thank the community for the opportunity to enrich lives and create a parks and recreation system that is valued. Im pleased to share with you a number of positive recognitions we have received over the past year due to your collaboration and support as well as some new initiatives:
The Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commissions agenda to promote the importance and provide opportunities to play in Yuma receives ongoing recognition. Yuma is one of only 19 communities nationwide that was recog-nized as a Playful City USA for the sixth consecutive year.
The City maintains over 8,000 trees in its system and has certified arborists on staff to enhance our urban forest program. On the national level, Yuma was named a Tree City, USA for the sixth year in a row due to the on-going efforts of our successful, all volunteer, Yuma Community Tree Board. Get involved in Arbor Day, fea-tured inside this guide during April.
We continue to provide some of the best tournament services and athletic fields in the desert southwest attracting visitors to Yuma from as far away as Chicago! We received the James Farrell Amateur Softball Associations Award of Excellence for conducting one of the highest rated National Tournaments in the coun-try.
We received over $150,000 in grants and sponsor-ships this past year. We provide the classes and services listed in this guide due in part to this support.
We have served over 60,000 customers via phone calls alone, but program registration and ticket pur-chases may also be done on-line!
We added a new Golf Course Clubhouse at Desert Hills Par-3 Course. Soon customers will be able to purchase golf items, enjoy a cold beverage and snacks while golf-ing, and return to a shady patio after their round all at the Par 3. Check out the Beat the Heat program to thank our year round golfers at the Desert Hills Golf Course!
We listened to your programming feedback and we are enhancing our outdoor recreation offerings with increased archery programming, a family overnight camp out, and kayak rentals. We even have an outdoor swim for the pooches in September! Check out all of the new opportuni-ties indicated with a star in this guide.
Message from the Director.....3
Meet the Leadership Team..4
Family Events and Activities.....6
Arts and Culture Activities.8
Tiny Tot Activities......10
Swim Lesson Schedule....32
Parks, Facilities, and Amenities 34 & 35
Summer Movie Mania....37
Sponsor Thank You....38
Yuma Art Center Summer Extravaganza..39
A message from the
Yuma Parks and Recreation
Table of Contents
Yuma Parks and Recreation Director
Yuma Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Roberta Ukura
Recreation Debbie Wendt, Recreation Superintendent
Adam Christensen, Supervisor Adult Sports Oscar Chavez, Supervisor Youth Sports, Teen Activities,
and Outdoor Recreation Joe Cox, Supervisor Aquatics and Seniors
Marilyn Lammel, Supervisor Instructional and Adaptive Recreation
Kervina Landry, Recreation Coordinator Amber Scarsella, Recreation Coordinator
Pam Zack, Recreation Coordinator
Parks Maintenance Damon Chango, Parks and Golf Course Manager
Joel Hubbard, Assistant Parks Manager Jason Jarrett, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Espy Matlock, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Ron Ramirez, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
Arts and Culture Rex Ijams, Arts and Culture Program Manager Pat Quinn, Art Center Production Coordinator
Desert Hills and Desert Hills Par 3 Golf Courses Bruce Brown, Golf Operations Manager
Richard Walton, Instructor of Golf Ronnie Ridgers, Assistant Golf Shop Manager
Forrest Slaughter, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Rita Perez, Restaurant Supervisor
Yuma Civic Center Kathy Anderson, YCC Booking and Events Supervisor
Jose Baro, YCC Operations Supervisor
Activity Guide Layout and Design Bert Elizabeth Ijams, Marketing Specialist
Yuma City Council Alan L. Krieger, Mayor
Leslie L. McClendon, Deputy Mayor Cody T. Beeson Paul B. Johnson Bobbi Lewis Jerry Stuart
City Administrator Greg Wilkinson
Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission
Isaac Russell, Chair Judy Phillips, Vice Chair
Lisa Rammelt Rosa Gaytan Michael Hall John Stratton
Ad-Hoc Public Art Committee Judy Phillips, Chairperson
Isaac Russell, PARC Commission Liaison
Patti Barak Shirley Burch-Dale
William Butler Karen Gillaspie Deanie Holbrook
Teri Ingram Greta Ivers
Lia Littlewood Jane Mitchler Charles Powell Chris Tortorici Linda Willets
Yuma Community Tree Board Stacey Bealmear, Chairperson
Brian Groth Mark Headington John Jackson Dalene Kelly
Yuma Parks and Recreation One City Plaza
Yuma, AZ 85365 (928) 373-5243
(928) 373-5244 fax parksandrec@YumaAz.gov
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OUR MISSION: Enriching lives through quality programs, experiences, and facilities that preserve the past, provide for the present, plan for the future, and promote the spirit of fun. This spring and summer, Yuma Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of opportunities for all ages through recreational programming, classes, and activities, while striving to provide excellent customer satisfaction at every level. PROGRAM REGISTRATION Program priority registration will be held beginning Monday, March 25, 2013 for City of Yuma residents and Monday, April 1, 2013 for all other residents and will continue throughout the summer. On-line registration will begin on Monday, April 1, 2013 for programs not requiring a birth certificate/registration form. Some programs are limited to the number of participants and will close when a program fills. If a class or program you are interested in is full, please ask to be put on a Wait List. Wait Lists will be used should vacancies occur or class expansion is feasible. Our spring programs begin April 15, 2013 and summer programs begin June 3, 2013. Various program fees are discounted for qualifying City of Yuma residents. For the purpose of registration, a Yuma resident is defined as any person living within the cor-porate limits of the City of Yuma. CHILDRENS AGE REQUIREMENTS Age requirements have been established to safely facilitate age appropriate classes. Children must be the appropriate age by the first day of class in order to register please, no exceptions. FIVE EASY WAYS TO REGISTER Registration forms are available in the Parks and Recreation Office. Pick one up, or let us fax or email one to you today. Online registration at www.yumaaz.gov/parksandrec. (Some programs are not available online.) Walk-In registration held 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm every
other Friday at Yuma City Hall, One City Plaza. (City Hall is closed on alternate Fridays.) Registration may also be taken at the Yuma Readiness and Community Center - 6550 E. 24th Street as well as the North End Community Center - 160 E. 1st Street. Please call (928) 373-5243 for hours of operation. Dont have time to stand in line? Register online!
Fax-In registration 24 hours a day using MasterCard, Discover, Visa, or American Express at (928) 373-5244. Mail-In registration to Yuma Parks and Recreation, One City Plaza, Yuma, Arizona, 85364. Phone registration using MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. The telephone number to
call is (928) 373-5243. Walk in registration will have priority and you may be placed on hold or asked to have your call returned based on the volume of customers waiting in line at the time.
CONSIDER YOUR SCHEDULE CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING We hope that we have provided something for everyone. We encourage registrants to consider their schedule carefully prior to registering for any program or class offered. A refund, less $5 of the fee, may be requested prior to the start of the program. After the program starts, refunds will not be considered. Refunds will not be given for swim lesson programs. Refunds must be picked up within 10 days of request or issuance. The City of Yuma Parks and Recreation staff reserv