Parks and Recreation in Huntington Woods

Original Rec CenterGetting the citizens involved through a variety activities was important to the creating the community as a whole feel. Recreation was an interest of many citizens. However, according to national standards Huntington Woods lacked the acreage for park space because of its size. That did not stop the city though, they persevered. They set up programs that included many sports like baseball, basketball, tennis, softball, pingpong, shuffleboard and tetherball. Sports were not the only thing being set up, there was also arts and crafts, story telling, dancing, and dramatics. In 1949 a Parks and Recreation Board was established to help with the creation of these activities. It was not until 1974 when finally a Recreation Center would finally be built next to Burton Elementary. Before the Recreation Center was established many of the fine arts classes would be held in the Cultural Center. With the establishment of a new Recreation Center came more activities for the community be involved with. This Recreation Center would eventually be updated in 2000 with a new addition including an brand new gym. One can see the new vs old as they walk through the Recreation Center today, walk into the new updated Recreation but make the way to the back and see what started the whole process.Rec Center Today

Two sought after activities that people can not wait for are the Summer Concert Series and Fruit Camps. Tuesdays nights are something the whole community looks forward too. Every Tuesday for eight weeks during the summer Scotia Park is filled with hundreds of residents relaxing on the lawn eating a hotdog or some baked good while children are riding their bikes or skating boarding along Scotia road. The bands are that play at in the concert series are usually residents bands sometimes bands front he surrounding cities. Another program Parks and Recreation has a big to do with is the running of Fruit Camps. Fruit camps are a day camp that are for children in the grades ranging from preschool to fifth grade. However once a child has completed their fifth grade year does not mean they have to give up Fruit Camps forever. A lot of campers then move up in the rankings in the next couple summers starting as junior counselors working their way up to camp director. So if one starts camp in preschool they may leave their involvement way into their college years. These two activities would not have been possible without the help from the Park and Recreation Department.Summer Concerts

Another thing many residents wanted and thought would be a lovely addition to the community would be a swimming pool. The first swimming pool was opened in 1960 and was enjoyed by over 13,000 swimmers. The next addition to the pool was a toddler pool for the younger residents of Huntington Woods. The toddler pool with the contributions of the Huntington Woods Men’s Club was able to become a reality in 1984. This pool would remain in use until 2000 when it was remodeled and two water slides were added. Another addition to the pool would be made in 2012. This would be a remodel of the toddler area and new equipment for the children to play with in the water.Original Pool

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