The Tarboro Parks & Recreation Department is gearing up for a summer of fun-filled activities.
“We’ve got something for everybody this summer,” said Warren Mitchell, M.A. Ray Center supervisor. Kicking off the summer at the center is bicycle rodeo/ family day, beginning with the bicycle rodeo at 9 a.m. on June 22.
“It’s just a day for the community,” Mitchell said. “We’ll feed you and have some games.”
The bicycle rodeo, hosted by the Tarboro Police Department, is for children ages 5 through 12 and focuses on bicycle safety.
An activity later in the summer at the Ray Center is a two-day combination basketball/ football camp, set for 12 to 3 p.m. July 13 and 14.
“That’s a new program. It’s run through the ‘No Grind No Shine’ organization. The focus is sports, but it’s also focusing on what it takes to be a student athlete,” Mitchell said.
The parks and recreation department will also offer old favorite programs, including the summer “play camp,” which is always a “big hit,” said Tyler Cannon, assistant recreation center supervisor for the Braswell Center and pool manager.
“We go to the movies, we go bowling, we go skating, we go to the community pool, we do a lot of activities here in the gym, arts and crafts…” said Cannon. Play camp, for ages 5 to 12, will run from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning June 12 and ending Aug. 9.
The Ray Center’s children’s summer camp, “fun in the park,” begins June 17 and ends Aug. 2. The camp will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Water activities are also in the works this summer, at both the Clark pool at the Ray Center and the community pool on Porter Street.
“We’ve got a new kayaking and canoeing class. That’s over at the community pool,” said Cannon. The dates for that class are July 22-Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The community pool will play host to another new class – “absolutely terrified of water class.”
“That’s for anybody that scared of the water – children, teens, adults,” Cannon said. “You learn to float and get acquainted with the water, learn water safety.”
The dates for that class are July 30 through Aug. 8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Water aerobics classes for adults ages 18 and up will be held June 11 through Aug. 15 at the community pool, beginning at 9 a.m. each day. The Clark pool will host an evening water aerobics class June 18-27 beginning at 6 p.m. each day.
“We also have the swim lessons for all ages at the community pool,” Cannon said. The community pool and the Clark pool will open June 8 and will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week all summer. The admission cost for the Clark pool is $1 for town residents. Admission at the community pool is $2.50 for children ages 3 through 15 and $5 for town residents ages 16 and up.
The recreation department is also offering two free community events this summer – a movie on the Town Common, set for June 22 at dusk, and Independence Day fireworks beginning at dusk and displayed from the Tarboro High School grassy parking lot.
To register for a summer camp or class, stop by the E.L. Roberson Center at 305 W. Baker St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Classes are on a first come, first serve basis.
The Ray Center is at 1405 MLK Jr. Drive and the Braswell Center is at 1501 Western Blvd.