What's Happening Now In Recreation & Parks!
Current Topics of Interest!
YOUTH BASKETBALL PROGRAM: The PCRPD/Optimist Youth Basketball Program is currently registering players for its 50th season of play. All area youths in six age groups (co-ed 8-9, boys 10-11, girls 10-12, boys 12-13, girls 13-15 and boys 14-16) are eligible to participate – age is determined as of 3/1/19 (birth certificate required). Around 250 youths participated on 27 teams last season, playing games at the Plant City Family YMCA gym or at the Marshall and Tomlin Middle School gyms. The season is played from early January through the end of February, with games mostly on Saturdays for the 8-9 year olds and mostly weeknights for the older age groups. The registration fee of $35 covers all expenses, including jersey and supplemental accident insurance. Registrations will be accepted through Wednesday, November 14 at 4:30 pm by mail or at the Recreation & Parks Department administrative office, 1904 South Park Road (813-659-4255). We will also be looking for a few coaches for all age groups! A registration form and more info are both available at the PCRPD web site, www.plantcitygov.com – click the Parks & Rec button – e-mail us at email@example.com or call us at 813-659-4255.
MOTHER SON BOWLING BASH: Attention all Mothers!!! Want to spend some quality time with just you and your son? Make a special day with your little man and come take part in our 4th Annual Mother-Son Bowling Bash! The event will be held on Saturday, November 3 at 11:00 am at Plant City Family Bowl, 2250 US Highway 92 E. Designed for boys ages 3 and up with their Mother or Mother figure (Grandmother, Aunt, etc.), this fun event will feature bowling, shoe rental, pizza, drink, prizes, and a keepsake photo! Cost is $30 per couple and $7 for each additional person. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND IS NOW UNDERWAY! Register early as there is very limited space available for this popular event. Limit for this event is 65 people. Registration form is available at the event link above. Please pre-register now at the Planteen Recreation Center (301 Dort St – 9am to 6pm). Registration deadline is Friday, November 2 (please note that registration could be full before the registration deadline arrives). For more information, please contact Recreation Supervisor Maggie Morona at 813-659-4256 or firstname.lastname@example.org. WANT TO BE A SPONSOR? Contact Maggie and she will give you the details!
YOUTH FISHING DERBY: The Fall Youth Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, November 17 at the pond located behind Plant City Stadium on Gordon Food Service Drive (formerly Albertson’s Drive). Registration for the FREE event is under way at the Recreation & Parks Department administrative office, 1904 South Park Road (813-659-4255) through Thursday, April 5. This catch and release activity is for youths ages 5-15 years of age. Online registrations are also being accepted at the Fall Youth Fishing Derby link above through Thursday, November 15. Day of event registration on-site will be from 7:30 to 8:15 am. Hooks are in the water from 8:30 to 10:30 am, with various prizes awarded following the end of fishing time. Bring your own fishing equipment, bait and a bucket. Contact Program Manager Deborah Haldane at email@example.com or call 813-659-4200 ext 4302 for more information.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM:
Elementary school children need an outlet to work off some energy after being cooped up in the classroom all day! It is important for them to have structured and productive out-of-school time!
Registration is underway for the Recreation & Parks After School Program! The group meets every 2018-2019 school day from 2:00 pm (1:00 pm on early release days) to 6:00 pm at the Planteen Recreation Center. The program offers a supervised and productive activities such as Study Hour homework time, physical outdoor activities and snacks.
The program is offered for the 180 school days. Other options are available for Fall Break (November 19-21), Winter Break (December 26-January 4) and Spring Break (March 18-22). Program is closed on city holidays.
The cost is a very reasonable $150 per semester per child (90 school days). That averages out to only $1.67 a day! Limited availability for transportation from Bryan, Burney, Jackson, Lincoln and Wilson Elementary Schools is only an additional $25 per semester per child. Additional fee assessed for late pick-up.
Don't wait! Space is limited!
A new Community Center is under development to replace the aging Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center. The design provides the City with its first municipal gymnasium and expanded programming space for all Plant City area residents to enjoy. We will keep you posted as the process moves forward.
October 8: Demolition quotes are being reviewed and will go to the City Commission on October 22 for approval. Target is now mid-November for demolition. Design of the facility continues.
September 17: While the architects work on the building plans, a request for quotes has been issued for the demolition of the existing building. A date for demolition will be announced in early October.
July 9: 30% plans and cost estimate are approved by the City Commission and the project gets the green light to move forward.
June 7: Link to a newspaper article
June 5 - Public Meeting: Graphics and fly-around animation were presented for public input. Link to the animation.
May 22 and May 29: An advisory Group of locals selected by the City Commissioners met with staff and the architects to develop a conceptual plan for the building siting on the property and a potential exterior appearance.
April 23: Architectural firm selected by the City Commission
March 27: Proposals from several architectural firms were received and reviews began.
February 12: City Commission authorized staff to proceed with an RFP for architectural services.
PLANTEEN RECREATION CENTER: Various programs are offered at the Planteen Recreation Center, 301 Dort Street.
Click this link for more information about the rec center or contact Recreation Supervisor Maggie Morona at the Planteen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-659-4256 to get information about the activities at the center!
The Plant City Tennis Center offers several youth programs during the school year:
- Lessons – unless noted differently, normally register early-mid month for the lessons which start the first week of the following month.
- Jr. Beginner Lessons – ages 8-14 – six classes over three weeks costs only $60 per person. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm.
- Tots Beginner Lessons – ages 4-7 – six classes over three weeks costs only $30 per person. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
- Adult Beginners - six classes over three weeks costs only $60 per person. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45 to 7:45 pm.
- Team Tennis for Intermediate/Advanced Juniors – $80 per person per month – twice a week, check the Tennis Center for scheduling.
Watch the video below, presented by the National Recreation & Parks Association.