Mansfield Parks debuts new recreation programs this summer

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From Zumba to Zoology, Mansfield Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of classes and events for any age and any interest. This summer, they’ve expanded their selections to give residents even more options.

MAC fitness classes are always popular, and this summer the instructors are taking that fun on the road…and into the parks! Fitness Friday launches June 9 , bringing a rotating selection of workouts, from yoga to boot camp and beyond, to Katherine Rose Memorial Park. The hour-long classes are perfect to drop in while kiddos play on the playground, or just take a moment to yourself in the beauty of the great outdoors. Fresh air and a great workout combine for a healthy dose of sanity restored. Each class is $5 with preregistration, or $6 to drop in the morning of the program. Get the full schedule of classes and more information on the website here.

For those looking for a workout that’s not just a change of scenery, the MAC is introducing a class this summer for those who beat to an entirely different drum. Drum Fit, starting June 3, uses real drumsticks and a stability ball to build core strength while tapping along to the rhythm. As part of the new class launch, all four Drum Fit sections this summer are completely free and open to ages eight and up, making for a fun family activity that can get everyone moving and shaking to the beat.

While they aren’t new, Zumba classes remain one of the most popular programs at the MAC. The summer kicks off with a free Zumba class on June 1, the perfect opportunity for anyone who’s ever been a little curious about the Latin-inspired aerobics to give it a try without the commitment or pressure of a full month.

Young fishing enthusiasts can learn new skills this summer at Oliver Nature Park.

Young fishing enthusiasts can learn new skills this summer at Oliver Nature Park.

For the wildlife lovers, our award-winning Nature Education program has a number of new classes and programs all summer long. Tiny anglers can try their hands at the Intro to Fishing class, designed for ages 3-16 years old. Fishing poles, worms and instruction are included in the course, which costs as low as $5 depending on MAC membership and registration date. The fun comes for free!

Budding geologists can explore Oliver Nature Park this summer during the Junior Geologists class.

Budding geologists can explore Oliver Nature Park this summer during the Junior Geologists class.

Junior Geologists is another new offering from Nature Education, designed to give a closer look at the ground beneath our feet. Divided into separate, age-appropriate sections, each program offers exploration hikes through Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park and in-depth analysis of the geology here in Mansfield. On National Rat-Catcher Day (July 22, in case you haven’t marked your calendars already) check out a Texas Predators  program that includes a hike and hands-on exploration of the predators big and small that live in and around Oliver Nature Park.

For an entirely new experience, try visiting Oliver Nature Park after dark, when a new set of friends come out to play. Our naturalists will lead the Night Hike on Aug. 7, exploring the trails and hoping for glimpses of the very active nightlife that inhabits our parks. For the more creative night owls, Glow Rock Art class offers rock painting lessons with a twilight twist…glow in the dark paint to make your creations stand out long after the sun goes down! Oliver Nature Park Naturalists will also show off some minerals that have their own naturally occurring glow, adding a little bit of science education to the fun.

More kayaking opportunities have been added to the parks & rec summer class schedule.

More kayaking opportunities have been added to the parks & rec summer class schedule.

And no summer would be complete without some time on the lake, but the Parks & Recreation’s popular kayaking program has been expanded to add evening kayaking tours, both July 28 and Aug. 5 trips will happen at dusk, when both the lake and the wildlife take on a whole new look. Romantic or intriguing, the experience is up to you…the adventure is up to us!

This spring's popular rain barrel class returns for the summer.

This spring’s popular rain barrel class returns for the summer.

Wrapping up our new programs this summer is a series on composting. This spring’s Rain Barrel Class  proved successful and returns again this summer on June 10, but we’ve included two new options for those interested in more eco-friendly garden tips. Composting 101 starts on June 17  with a simple introductory course that covers the basics to help even the most basic beginner get started.  Take it to the next level with Squirmy, Wormy Composting on July 8 , where participants will make their own worm composting box for home use. Green thumbs rejoice, whatever your skill level, they’ve got you covered.

Mansfield Parks & Recreation is constantly growing and improving to meet the ever growing and changing demands of the residents. Spice up your summer with a new class, and see how much fun you can have without ever leaving your hometown.

For more information about these or any other Mansfield Parks & Recreation facilities, camps and classes, please visit MansfieldParks.com or contact the Mansfield Activities Center at (817) 728-3680.

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