It’s time for one and all, old and young, to shake winter off their bones and enjoy the outdoors again.
The gates of spring in Bellevue mean the dawn of another season for recreation activities courtesy of the city. Registration for activities began in late March or on Monday, so now is the time to get yourself or the little one signed up for their favorite pastime.
Jim Shada, City of Bellevue recreation coordinator said all events are open to everyone, not just Bellevue residents. However, non-residents usually pay a higher fee, but only by two or three dollars more, he said.
“Fortunately for us, all of our programs are still very popular, so not much has changed from the schedule compared to last year,” Shada said. “One thing new is our swim team is expanding practice time, as more kids want to participate and we want to provide for them.”
Shada said the official unofficial motto of the recreation programs is ‘Everybody Plays, Everybody Wins.’
This year will also see the return of the Bellevue Achieve Triathlon on June 30. The race will involve a 300 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike ride and a five kilometer run at Jerry Gilbert Park. Shada said last year about 100 people participated, and he is expecting more this year.
Registration for any of the following programs, unless otherwise stated, can be done at the Bellevue Recreation Department at the Reed Center, 1200 Lord Blvd., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays of April 6, April 13 and April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Those who live within Bellevue city limits or all active duty military must show a proof of residence, either a current Metropolitan Utilities District bill or military identification card.
Youth baseball and softball registration after May 1 will be limited in availability of placement on teams. A late fee of $5 will be charged for those who wish to register after April 26. Teams are organized by elementary school zones or the middle school the children attend.
The recreation department recommends registering as early as possible.
Swimming lessons and pool passes for any of the city’s five public pools are already ready for purchase. Pools are set to open on May 28 for Monday through Saturdays, noon to 6:45 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5:45 p.m.
Daily swim fees are $2 for those 18 years old and younger, $3 for those 19 years old and over, $1 for 2-year-olds, and seniors age 55 and over get in free. Season swim passes for youth are $35, adults $40 and and family passes are $100. Pool party rentals can be arranged.
Swimming classes begin on June 17 and registration will only be taken at the pool where lessons will be offered Monday through Thursday. The first session runs at Cascio Pool and Gilbert Pool, June 17 through June 27. The second session runs July 1 through July 11 at Cascio Pool and Dowding Pool. The third session runs July 15 through July 25 at Cascio Pool and Sun Valley Pool. Fees are $30 per child per session. Children can be taught anywhere from beginning lessons at age 3 to lifeguard training.
Tennis lessons this year will be held at Stonecroft Park near 25th Street and Lynnwood Drive beginning June 24 to June 28, Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. to 10 and 10 a.m. to 11.
Music in the Parks will be performed every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. for seven weeks through June 6 at Washington Park, near 20th and Franklin streets. Concerts are usually about an hour long. Shada said while the genres for each night have been chosen, the bands are still up in the air.
June 6 is pop and jazz, June 13 is big band, June 20 is concert band, June 27 is standards, July 11 is classical, July 18 is ragtime and July 25 is rock and roll. The card is subject to change.
Bellevue East High School will host lessons beginning July 1 through July 5 at the same time. Everett Park near Betz Road and Englewood Drive will host July 8 through July 12 at the same time as will McCann Park near Marian and Harrington Streets from July 15 through July 19. Lessons are $20.
More lessons in the evening will be held at Everett Park and Bellevue East High School.
For more information on dates, fees and other programs and events and to register, go to bellevue.net/Departments/Recreation.aspx and browse the entire season’s catalogue or call 402-293-3142.