THE SPLASH!

WRANGELL PARKS & RECREATION NEWSLETTER

ONE OF THE MARVELOUS THINGS ABOUT COMMUNITY IS THAT IT ENABLES US TO WELCOME AND HELP PEOPLE IN A WAY WE COULDN'T AS INDIVIDUALS.

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HOLIDAY YOUTH ACTIVITY SUMMARY!

Community organizations came together in December to plan opportunities for youth designed to provide structured activities, food and connection during the holiday break. Events were facilitated by the Bahai Faith Junior Youth Group, Harbor Lights, Alaska Crossings, The City of Wrangell P&R, Library and Nolan Center, SEARHC and the School District. Activities ranged from meals to movies, crafts to games, swims to open gyms and more. There were over 560 acts of participation throughout the break. This does not include efforts by other community groups or daily use of the Library, Nolan Center or P&R. P&R served as the liaison between the planning organizations and the public. Rec Coordinator, Lucy Robinson drafted and published media that was made accessible to all through an online newsletter software program. Maintaining the online content allowed for regular updates and real time-accurate dissemination of information.


These events were made possible thanks to the following people/groups:



  • Wrangell Public School District: Kim Powell, David Macri, Jenn Miller, Matt Gore, Drew Larrabee, Tawney Flores & many paraprofessionals!
  • Harbor Light Youth Ministers: Matt & Jen Gerald
  • New Years Evening Dance for Middle/High School: Lovey Brock, Jim Holder, Annya Ritchie, Loretta Rice
  • Bahai Faith Junior Youth Group: Jamie & Greg Roberts, Vicki Buness Taylor
  • Wrangell Mayor & City Manager: Steve Prysunka & Lisa Von Bargen
  • Nolan Center Staff Team: Cyni Crary & Keeleigh Solverson
  • Wrangell Parks & Recreation: Kate Thomas, Kira Ludwig, Brain Shilts, Lucy Robinson & the entire Lifeguard/Office Team
  • Alaska Crossings: Jerri Dee, Jeanie Arnold, Andrew Jylkka, Tom Wetor, Eli Michael, Josh Lund
  • Library Team: Margaret Villarma, Sarah Scambler, Sarah Merritt
  • Jewelry Making Class: Amber Al Haddad
  • If we missed any helpers, we apologize! It certainly took an awesome team to pump out all of the fun activities!!

ADULT RECREATION CLUB!

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YOUTH PROGRAMS!

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TIDBITS!

  • WRG P&R received $1000 from from the WCA through the "Healthy is Here" program, which will be used to purchase recreation equipment!
  • Summer Recreation staff team recruitment will begin soon! If you are interested in working with youth throughout the summer, let us know!
  • WRG P&R's recent LIFEGUARD COURSE was a success, re-certifying 8 Lifeguards and 2 new Lifeguards! We're building a fantastic and dynamic team!
  • A Wrangellite generously donated a FLAT SCREEN TV to WRG P&R and the SWIM CLUB! We've already put it to good use by utilizing it during our lifeguard course and staff training.
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WINTER WORKOUT CHALLENGE!

The Winter Workout Challenge is a 60-day challenge created to encourage daily activity, with a goal of completing at least 30-minutes of exercise per day. This challenge is for people of ALL fitness levels. The mission of the Winter Workout Challenge (WWC) is to provide an opportunity for the community to kick-start their fitness and find healthy ways to increase their energy during the dark, wet, and cold winter days in Wrangell.

The WWC is also a contest of sorts. The participant who completes 30-minutes of exercise each day in the 60 day period will win an Annual Pass to the facility, as well as the Grand Prize basket! The WWC provides the intrinsic incentive of increased health, fitness, and confidence. Not to mention opportunities for exploring different types of exercise and meeting new friends!


Currently, there are 95 Wrangellites participating in this year's WINTER WORKOUT CHALLENGE - which includes 23 kids age 13 and under!

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LOCAL BUSINESS, GATHERED & GROWN, MADE THEIR FOURTH CONTRIBUTION TO P&R THROUGH THEIR COMMUNITY GIVE BACK PROGRAM!

Business Owner, Angela Flickinger values personal connections to nature and wants to ensure that Wrangell’s youth has access to programs, like the Summer Recreation Program, which allow them to connect with their peers while engaging in healthy activities outside and in the Tongass.


To date, G&G has donated approximaetly $1,000 to the P&R Fee Assistance Program and Helping Our Parks!



ToCheck out the G&G Give Back Program through their website. https://gatheredandgrownbotanicals.com/

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WRANGELL PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAMMING!

We aim to create opportunities for Wrangell's students to participate in aquatics and recreation programs throughout the school year!


  • Elementary Open Swims
  • Middle School Aqua Basketball + Lifeguard Skills
  • High School Aqua Basketball + Lifeguard Skills
  • High School Swim Team
  • Community Center Gym access: Archery, HS/Middle School Basketball Practice
  • Opportunities for Employment (currently we employ 9 HS Students!)
  • Volunteer opportunities: Youth Basketball Coaching Program
  • OJT opportunities
  • Free access to the weight room, pool and cardio equipment to WHS Athletes!