Tuesday May 22, 2012

PRNA Wins First Place Award at Springtime!

PRNA won first place (Andrew Jackson Award) in its category – Cities, Counties & Non-profits – in the annual Springtime Tallahassee Parade, held March 31. The PRNA float was based upon the movie "UP."

Congratulations to everyone who worked on the float!

Palmer Munroe Teen Center

The "Making a Difference: Past, Present and Future" girls lock-in event held on Friday, March 23, was a great success. Approximately 50 girls and 50 volunteers took part in this 12 hour lock-in event. The girls engaged in activities, including informal group discussions, a tattoo "think before you ink" presentation, hygiene and beauty demonstrations, a scavenger hunt of successful women, movies and popcorn, scrapbooking, a late night pajama party and plenty of laughs and food!

The Teen Center sponsors and participates in a range of activities, field trips, classes and special events geared specifically toward the teenage population in Tallahassee. The Palmer Munroe Teen Center, located at 1900 Jackson Bluff Road, is open to teens ages 13-18, Monday through Saturday from 2-8 p.m. For more information, please call 891-2569 or visit Facebook.com/pmtcteens or Talgov.com/parks.

PRNA has You Covered this Summer!
Summer is just around the corner, and that means the children of Tallahassee will need something fun to do! Have you registered your child for one of our camps before? Last year, nearly 2,000 kids were registered in PRNA summer camps! We offer a wide range of summer programs that includes our historic Playground and Playcamp programs and specialty camps involving tennis and arts and crafts. Why should you register your child for our camps? We offer great programming and instruction at reasonable prices that will keep your children safe, interested and engaged all summer!. Registration is underway for all of our camps, so sign up now!  You can find out more information on each of our camps by checking out the camp page at Talgov.com/parks!
Teens Hit the Hardwood this Summer
Tomorrow’s future hoops stars can be found playing in the Lawrence Gregory / Dade Street summer basketball league. Now in its fourth year, this summer league offers competitive basketball leagues for boys ages 11-14 and girls 15-17. Quality coaching and competitive games provide Tallahassee’s teens with a chance to work on their skills both individually and in the team format. Registration dates and additional information can be obtained by contacting the Lawrence Gregory Community Center at 891-3910 or Akita Heatly at 891-1860.
Celebrate America
It’s a Wednesday afternoon in early July, and what are you going to be doing? Well, other than scrounging for ice cubes and shade, hopefully you'll be attending the annual Celebrate America event of course! Make it a staycation this year and head out to Tom Brown Park on July 4 for great music, food, activities for the kids and much more. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. The music will keep pumping until the fireworks that night. We are also pleased to welcome the Fabulous Thunderbirds as our headlining act this year(are you "Tuff Enuff"?).

Make sure you come out early though; there are activities for the children including water slides, arts & crafts and a children’s entertainment stage. Oh, did I mention the entire event is FREE? Well, it is! The live entertainment, children’s activities, fireworks show, parking and shuttle service are all at no cost to patrons.

To ease your journey to the park, StarMetro will provide free shuttles from the Koger Center on Capital Circle Southeast starting at 5 p.m. Following the event, StarMetro will provide a free shuttle service back to the Koger Center once the fireworks are complete.  Those requiring handicap parking will need to enter Tom Brown from Easterwood Drive at the Capital Circle/National Guard Armory entrance.  Handicap parking requires a valid Handicap Parking Permit hanging from the rearview mirror.  Law enforcement will be directing traffic.  Requests for special accommodation, or if special seating arrangements are needed, should be made 72 hours prior to the event by calling 891-3866.

Come celebrate our country, our community and our freedoms with flags, fireworks, food, family, fun and a free concert.  Help make this year’s 4th of July celebration at Tom Brown Park the most exciting Celebrate America yet!

If you want to learn more, or be a part of making this event great, call PRNA at 891-FUNN (3866), visit us at www.talgov.com/parks/ca2012/ca2012_home.cfm, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @COTparks.

Summer’s Here and Kleman is Sizzlin’!

Throughout June and July, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department will once again present the Sizzlin’ Summer concert series at beautiful Kleman Plaza. Many of Tallahassee’s greatest local acts will be scheduled to perform. Please visit Talgov.com/parks to see who is performing throughout the summer.

All concerts from June 16 through July 28 will be held on the grassy area at Kleman Plaza, located off Duval Street behind City Hall. All concerts run from 6–8 p.m.

Concert Dates:

Saturday, June 16
Saturday, June 23
Saturday, June 30
Saturday, July 7
Saturday, July 14
Saturday, July 21
Saturday, July 28

The concerts are free to the public, and plenty of parking is available underneath Kleman Plaza in the public parking garage. Street parking is also free on weekends. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, please contact the Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department at 891-3879 or visit us online at Talgov.com/parks.

Mega Match-a-thon Saves Lives!

An empty department store at the Tallahassee Mall was transformed into a Mega Pet Adoption Center on Sunday, April 1. Volunteers, staff and over 100 furry friends from the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center were present for the first ever Mega Match-a-thon at the old Goody’s department store. During this 8-hour adoption event, 186 animals were adopted into new, loving homes!

Our community was extremely fortunate to receive a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to hold the Mega Match-a-thon.  Communities across the country joined the ASPCA in holding numerous events to encourage people to adopt pets from local shelters and animal rescues. Our local event was a partnership between the Leon County Humane Society, Be the Solution Inc, Leon County Animal Control and several other local animal rescue groups. By partnering with other local animal advocacy organizations, we were able to accomplish great things!

Hundreds of Gymnasts in Tallahassee for State Meet

The Trousdell Gymnastics Center (TGC) staff and volunteers hosted the USA Gymnastics Florida Men's State Championships March 16-18. The meet brought 454 gymnasts to Tallahassee, ranging in ages from 6 to 18, from Levels 4 to 10, as well as their parents, siblings, coaches and meet officials.

The competition took months of preparation and, judging from the comments of the visitors, was a huge success. In addition to the hard work of the TGC staff and its excellent volunteers, the meet could not have been as successful without the additional assistance of the Parks Division crews who ensured the take down and set up was done safely and with minimal wear and tear on TGC’s equipment and facility. The Trousdell Aquatics Center staff also assisted the event by making their facility available for the awards ceremonies.  TGC was very fortunate and grateful for the support of the Tallahassee Sports Council and our numerous local sponsors.  A special thank you should also go to the Gym Force parent organization and owners for their assistance with judges’ food, gymnasts’ goodie bags and the coaches’ social. 

This event was one of many that TGC has hosted, including regional competitions, training camps and girls’ and boys’ state meets. It also hosts the annual girls’ Canopy Roads Classic competition in the fall and boys’ Capital City Cup competition in the spring.  TGC limits the number of special events it hosts during the year to avoid disruption to its very popular class, team and adult programs and the 2,600 weekly participants who frequent the center throughout the year.

PRNA Employee of the Quarter

Lenin Mongerie, from PRNA’s tennis division, was selected as the department’s Employee of the Quarter, closing out the 2011 employee recognitions. According to his superintendent, Glen Howe, Mongerie exemplifies creative thinking and ideas, is a team player and helps spread the word about the benefits of tennis. As the Tournament Director for Super Series events, Mongerie had more participants than ever before. He is leading in fundraising for Junior Tennis in Tallahassee and has been nominated to serve on the Tallahassee Tennis Association board, a volunteer position. He is currently running a Quick Start tennis program at Walker-Ford Community Center to help children on the Southside get more exposure to tennis.  He is also running a tennis program at the Senior Center to encourage seniors to be active and healthy. Mongerie inspires his students and the people around him to be the best they can be, a wonderful attribute to have on anyone’s team.
New Athletic Superintendent Appointed

Cindy Mead was recently selected to serve as PRNA’s new Athletic Superintendent after the previous occupant of the position, Tim Leiwig, left Tallahassee to pursue new opportunities.

In a statement, PRNA director Dee Crumpler said that Mead had grown up playing in the Parks & Recreation youth athletic leagues and had worked for the department since 1987. She started her career as a part time employee while in college, serving in a variety of positions including umpire, playground site supervisor, youth athletic league supervisor and special event assistant.

After earning her degree in Recreation from FSU and working for Tallahassee Memorial as an Employee Activities Coordinator for four years (while continuing to work part time for the department), she was hired full time in 1996 as an Athletic Supervisor II, overseeing youth athletic programs. After serving in this capacity for seven years, Mead transferred to PRNA's administrative unit and worked as an Administrative Specialist II for three years before being selected as the Administrative Services Manager, a position she has held since 2006.  Mead is also well known throughout the community as a youth sports coach, having led over 50 teams in a variety of sports.

New Dugouts

The final inspection has been completed on new dugouts at the Tom Brown (Tom Brown softball complex). Work included new dugouts, new sidewalks, restroom renovations, complete interior and exterior painting of the concession building and pump house, re-grading of the complex and parking area, mill chips added to the parking area and the all-around drainage in the park area was improved.

Congratulations to everyone in Parks Division who participated in this project for their excellent efforts.

Senior Center Updates

The Tallahassee Senior Center (TSC) will be closed for Memorial Day (Monday, May 28) and Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4). It will also close for maintenance during the week of June 25-29.

All Adults Welcome
Registration is open for the following Collette Vacations’ tours

  • Autumn New England, October 3-9, 2012;
  • Alpine Christmas, December 9 – 16, 2012;
  • Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu, February 16 – March 3, 2013; and
  • Irish Splendor, March 11-18, 2013.

Discounts are currently available. The Galapagos Islands tour includes a five-day cruise of the islands and an optional four-night Ecuador Amazon cruise, in addition to Peru’s Machu Picchu. Each of these tours departs from the Tallahassee Regional Airport.  For more information call 891-4004.

Boomercise: An Evening with David Pargman
Tuesday, May 15, 7:30-9 p.m., $2 (55+) and $3 (other) Tallahassee Senior Center (1400 N. Monroe St.) Hear Dr. Pargman explain his unique take on exercise for the older adult. He’ll answer your questions about how you exercise. Register by calling 891-4003.

GaP Support Lunch
Wednesday, May 30, & Wednesday, June 27, noon – 1:30 p.m. Leon County Public Library (200 W. Park Ave. Program room A.) Complimentary lunch provided for grandparents and other relative caregivers. Child care provided for June meeting. Reservations required for all attending by calling 891-4008.

Challenges to Retirement Workshop
Tuesday, June 5, 7-8:30 p.m., $2 (55+) and $3 (others)
Tallahassee Senior Center (1400 N. Monroe St.)
Whether you’re already retired or approaching retirement, financial specialist Steve Halsell will address issues unique to baby boomers in this challenging economy. Register by calling 891-4003.

Patriotic Concert
Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m.
Tallahassee Senior Center (1400 N. Monroe St.)
Tallahassee Community College bands will perform enthusiastic, patriot-themed tunes under the direction of Gary Coates . This is a family friendly event.

For more information about the Tallahassee Senior Center, please call 891-4000 or visit Talgov.com/seniors or like the center on Facebook.

Youth Sports Leagues

The Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department offers a variety of organized youth sports that aim to promote sportsmanship, skill development and healthy lifestyles. For the 2013 fall season, Tallahassee youth have the opportunity to participate in tackle football, flag football, cheerleading and girls volleyball. We look forward to having more than 2,500 participants, 200 teams and hundreds of dedicated volunteers participating in these programs again this year.

Youth Tackle Football
Registration for the 56th season will be open through Saturday, August 11, when we host on-site registration at the following locations: Springwood Elementary School; Jack McLean, Levy, Lee, Winthrop, Meridian and Tom Brown parks; and Walker–Ford Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon. The registration fee is $55 and includes a jersey with equipment. 

There are three age divisions:  pee wee (ages 8-10 and maximum weight of 100 lbs); intermediate (ages 9-11 and maximum weight of 130 lbs); and junior (ages 11-13 and maximum weight of 160 lbs).  The age determining date is September 1, and a child must turn eight by December 31 in order to play.

Games are played at Messer North on Jackson Bluff Road.  The pee wee and intermediate divisions will play their games on Tuesday nights, and the junior division will play on Wednesday nights.  Game times are 6 and 7:30 p.m.  The season will kick off with the 6th annual jamboree on Saturday, Sept. 22, and the regular season begins Tuesday, Sept. 25.  For more information, contact the program supervisor, Brian Smatt, at 891-3837.

The cheerleading program coincides with the tackle football season. Registration for this program will also be open through Saturday, August 11, when we host on-site registration at the following locations: Springwood Elementary School; Jack McLean, Levy, Lee, Winthrop, Meridian and Tom Brown parks; and Walker-Ford Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon. The registration fee is $21 and includes a shirt and shorts. There are three age divisions: pee wee for ages 5-10, intermediate for ages 9-11 and junior for ages 11-13.

The squads will cheer for their designated tackle football team. Games are played at Messer North on Jackson Bluff Road.  The pee wee and intermediate will play their games on Tuesday nights, and the junior division will play on Wednesday nights.  Game times are 6 and 7:30 p.m.  The season will kick off with the 6th annual jamboree on Saturday, Sept. 22, and the regular season begins Tuesday, Sept. 25.  For more information, contact the program supervisor, Brian Smatt, at 891-3837.

Youth Flag Football
Registration for youth flag football will be open through Saturday, Aug. 25, when on-site registration will be held at the following locations: Buck Lake, Conley, Roberts and Springwood elementary schools; Deerlake Middle School; and Levy, Lee, Meridian, Jack McLean and Winthrop parks from 9 a.m. to noon. The registration fee is $31 and includes a game shirt. There are four age divisions: pee wee for ages 5-7, junior for ages 8-10, intermediate for ages 11-13 and senior for ages 14-17. All divisions are coed. The age determining date is September 1, and a child must turn five by this date in order to play pee wee.

Games will start Saturday, Sept. 29, and will run eight weeks through Nov. 17.  Games are played throughout the city and are traditionally played at the site of registration.  Games and times are subject to change.  For more information, contact program supervisors Brian Smatt at 891-3837 or Wayne Simmons at 891-3825.

Girls Volleyball
Registration for girls volleyball will be open through Saturday, Aug. 25, when we host on-site registration at the Sue Herndon McCollum Community Center at Lafayette Park from noon to 2 p.m. The registration fee is $31 and includes a game shirt. There are three age divisions: junior for ages 8-10, intermediate for ages 10-12 and senior for ages 12-15. The age determining date is September 1, and a child must turn eight by this date in order to play junior.

The season will begin the week of Sept. 10 and run for eight weeks through Nov. 19. Although registration is held at Sue Herndon McCollum Community Center at Lafayette Park, games and practices will be held at various locations, which also include Lawrence-Gregory Community Center at Dade Street, Jack McLean Community Center and Lincoln Neighborhood Center.  For more information, contact the program supervisor, Wayne Simmons, at 891-3825.

Fall Adult Softball / Flag Football / Women’s Volleyball League Offerings

Summer-like weather is definitely here, but we’re already beginning to think about the fall and all the enjoyment it brings to Tallahassee adults. The opportunity is quickly coming for us to get active and have some fun like when we were kids.

Adults will soon be able to sign teams up for fall adult softball, flag football and women’s volleyball leagues. Teams are invited to register online at Talgov.com/parks beginning June 4 or in person by visiting PRNA’s office at 912 Myers Park Drive, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also register in person on Saturday,  July 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Community Room #6, 912 Myers Park Drive

If you are interested in any of the fall adult league offerings, call 891-FUNN (3866), and staff will place your name on the free agent list. Register early to avoid late fees. Season play begins in September for all fall adult leagues.

For additional information, visit Talgov.com/parks or Facebook.com/COTparks. You can also find out more information by following @COTParks on Twitter or contacting Janet Riva , athletic supervisor, at 891-3835.

By The Numbers

Children registered for last year’s Summer Playground program

454: Boys took part in the Boys’ State Meet held at the Trousdell Gymnastics Center

Participated in this year’s Senior Games

Fun Fact
There have been over 5,000 foursquare check-ins at Tom Brown Park alone!

Click here for Events Calendar

May 28, 2012
PRNA Memorial Day Tennis Social

June 2-3, 2012
Nations Baseball Tournament

June 2-3, 2012
Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament

June 4, 2012
Playcamp at The Sue

June 4-8, 2012
TPRD Tennis Camp Session I

June 8, 2012
Twilight Ball

June 8-10, 2012
Capital City Invitational ASA Fast Pitch Tournament

June 9-10, 2012
Disc Golf Tournament -
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June 11-15, 2012
TPRD Tennis Camp Session II

June 11-August 3, 2012
Summer Playgrounds Open

June 16, 2012
Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series

June 18-22, 2012
TPRD Tennis Camp Session III

June 23, 2012
Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series

June 25-29, 2012
TPRD Tennis Camp Session IV

June 30, 2012
Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series

July 4, 2012
Celebrate America

July 4, 2012
PRNA Tennis Social Round Robin

July 6-8, 2012
Tennis Charity Event

July 7, 2012
Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series

July 9-13, 2012
TPRD Tennis Camp Session V - all day sessions

July 13, 2012
Ernie Simms Cheer & Football Clinic

July 14, 2012
Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series

July 16-20, 2012
TPRD Tennis Camp Session VI - all day sessions

July 21, 2012
Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series

July 28, 2012
Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series

July 28, 2012
Lincoln Center Boxing Club's "Victory is my Destiny" boxing event

July 30-August 3, 2012
TPRD Tennis Camp Session VII - all day sessions

August 6-10, 2012
TPRD Tennis Camp Session VIII - all day sessions

August 11, 2012
Tackle Football & Cheerleading Cleading Clinic

August 13-17, 2012
TPRD Tennis Camp Session IX - all day sessions

August 25, 2012
Flag Football & Girls Volleyball Registration

November 14, 2012
Thanksgiving Program
(Seniors Service)
Community Seniors & Pastors Thanksgiving Luncheon

December 1-9, 2012
2012 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships in Polk County

December 21, 2012
Community Child Care Centers 3rd Christmas & Santa Outing

December 22, 2012
Soul Santa comes to
Bond Community

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