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Houlton Recreation Department opens for the season

HOULTON, Maine — The Houlton Parks and Recreation Department has opened the Gentle Memorial Building gym and game room for the fall and winter season.

Anyone with questions may contact the Recreation Department at 532-1310 or like them at Houlton Recreation Department on Facebook. Mask protocol at this time at all recreation facilities is as follows: a mask is required for all children preschool through grade 12 and recommended for unvaccinated adults.

Game Room and Gym —  Open Hours for Grades 2-12 are Mondays through Fridays, 3-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.; and closed on Sundays. The gym will also be open from 1-5 p.m. on RSU29 Early Release Days this school year.

Adult and youth supervisors will be provided at all open gym and game room hours. Any child in Grade 1 or younger must be accompanied by an adult to be at the recreation center for open gym & game room hours.

Season passes are once again being offered. Students may purchase a game room season pass which entitles a youth to use the pool and ping pong tables throughout the open game room season.  This does not include coin-operated games. The cost is $15 for Houlton residents and $20 for non-Houlton residents.  If a youth does not invest in a season pass, the price for the use of the pool/ping pong table is 50 cents for 15 minutes.

The Recreation Department is also offering a variety of other activities  and programs this fall.

“Games Galore & More“ Program — This seven-week after school program will be held on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. for children in grades PreK-5 starting Oct. 21. The program will include games, contests, crafts and a snack. The cost for the program is $80 for Houlton residents or $120 for non-Houlton residents. Registration is required. There is a limit of 16 children and a minimum of 10 is needed to hold the program.  To register, call 207-532-1310 by Oct. 14. 

“Parent & Tot Time” — This activity begins Monday, Oct. 18 at the Rec Center from 8:30 to 10 a.m. This unstructured play time gives parents and tots the opportunity to meet new friends.  Some toys will be available or families can bring their own. There is no charge for this activity.

Walking Times — The Houlton Recreation Department is now open for walkers. This free activity allows individuals to walk inside throughout the fall and winter months. Days for walking are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are asked to wear sneakers or soft soled shoes in the gym.

Adult Beginners Pickleball  — New this fall is Adult Beginners Pickleball.  If you have always wanted to see what this activity is about, join us on Wednesday mornings starting Oct. 13, from 8-9:30 a.m.  Instruction will be given and game play.  The cost is $2 per person. 

Adult Pickleball will also be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Rec Center. The cost is $2 per person. 

Adult Open Gym will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. This pick up style gym time started Tuesday, Oct. 12 and costs $4 per player. Players must be 18 years of age or older and out of high school to participate.   

Red Cross Babysitters Course — This popular course will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Rec from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for youth 11-15 year of age. This course is limited to 12 participants and cost is $50 per person.  Registration is required. Call 207-532-1310 by Oct. 29. 

For more information on any of these programs, call Marie Carmichael, recreation director, at 207-532-1310.

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