---- — Derry parks are ready for summer opening
DERRY — Summer is here and the town’s parks are getting ready for the season’s grand opening.
Hood Park, Gallien’s Town Beach and Don Ball Park offer a full schedule of summertime events, swimming, sports, lessons and special activities.
Hood Park at 4 Rollins St. is now open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a free swim offered at Hood Pond daily from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The park’s summer program includes themed-weeks including Monster Mania, America the Beautiful, The Wizard of Oz, Rockin’ Rodeo, Summer Seussical, Under the Big Top and much more.
Other special events at Hood include a visit by Wildlife Encounters animals on July 17 at 1:30 p.m., pony rides on July 24 at 1 p.m., and Carnival Day on Aug. 7.
Hood Park also offers a regular summer schedule of swimming lessons.
At Don Ball Park off Humphrey Road the popular SplashPad is officially open for the season on June 21. The SplashPad is free of charge and open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Gallien’s Town Beach opens for the season on June 22 and is open daily through Labor Day, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The waterfront area at Beaver Lake is open to Derry residents and their guests only. Passes are available through the Parks and Recreation office at Veterans Hall. In addition to swimming, Gallien’s offers regular summer kayak lessons, canoe and paddleboat rentals, and other programs.
Call 432-6136 for details.
Londonderry athletes should register online
LONDONDERRY — London-derry School District athletic director Howard Sobolov has announced that new this year Londonderry athletics registration will be going green and will be completed online.
Along with this new procedure, the district will not accept paper copies of registration forms.
The only document still needed in hard copy form is the current copy of a physical for all students entering either grade 6 or grade 9, or those who are new to the district.
Sobolov said it’s a convenient and time-saving way to register student-athletes.
There are lots of ways to keep fit and moving
DERRY — Derry Parks and Recreation offer a summer schedule of sports and fitness for all ages.
Programs planned for 2013 include tennis camps for ages 4 to 18, an adult tennis league, yoga, Zumba, and the popular Summer Fun Runs hosted by the Recreation Department and the Greater Derry Track Club.
For a complete schedule of summer offerings, call 432-6136.
Run for Freedom in Derry offers 5K, 10K
DERRY — The Greater Derry Track Club has announced the inaugural Run for Freedom 5K/10K, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 4.
Paper and online registration are now open, with tech T-shirts available through June 25.
Race day sign-up begins at 6:30 a.m. All funds from the races will be donated to Liberty House in Manchester, a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Manchester VFW and offering transitional housing, medical care, and job assistance to homeless veterans in New Hampshire.
The 5K and 10K races will be chip-timed, with age group winners three deep in both races. All runners are eligible for raffle prizes.
The Greater Derry Track Club is a nonprofit charitable organization devoted to promoting running and related activities. GDTC is also sponsoring its first community “Get into Fitness” Couch to 5K initiative, a free eight-week program open to anyone in the community interested in training for the 5K Run for Freedom. The application and brochure are located at gdtc.org/runforfreedom
This race is a family fun event for the Greater Derry community to honor the bravery and strength of those who have fought and died for the country.