As we begin 2022, the City of Danville’s Parks and Recreation Director Evan Teague reflects upon the many successes in the past year and looks forward to implementing enhanced programs and services in the year ahead.
“Many people may not know that our parks and recreation programs are year-round in scope,” said Parks and Recreation Director Evan Teague. “Our programs range from providing clean and beautiful open spaces to walk and enjoy nature in our many neighborhood parks, trails, and in Millennium Park to programming organized team sports”, he said. To make the City’s Parks and Recreation Programs more accessible and user-friendly, Danville will soon implement Civic-Rec, which is a new program to better manage our parks and recreation programs. As city manager Earl Coffey recently stated, it will facilitate communication, enrollment, and participation by the public in both our current and new program offerings, which will contribute to improving the health of our residents and their quality of life.”.
Looking back on the year of 2021, Parks and Recreations has had an eventful and successful year full of programs and activities. Parks and Recreation opened the year with a full spring season of youth soccer, which began in March. We were able to house teams ranging from U6, U8, U10 and U12. Shortly after, Parks and Rec kicked off their spring/summer baseball programs. Cal Ripken league began in April and ran into the month of June. We then began our parks and rec league softball and baseball programs. Those programs consist of T-ball, JR softball, Sr. Softball, Jr. baseball and Sr. Baseball.
Once summer months began, we were able to open the pool to full function. We were open 7 days a week and were able to rent out numerous private pool parties. Parks and recreation were also able to provide a summer day camp, which took place Monday – Friday. Those kids were able to participate in making trips to movies, arts and crafts, and were visited by the mobile library weekly. On top of that they were provided with an all-day swim once a week. The pool also provided a successful competition swim program know as the DART sharks. The DART sharks were able to host swim meet and used the pool for practice in the early mornings. Also, in the mornings we held adult water aerobics that took place 3 times a week up until the closure of the pool.
Ending out the last quarter of the year our fall leagues took place. We had a successful fall baseball and soccer season. Shortly after, dance classes began and are still currently taking place. Park and Rec plans to have a dance recital once all classes are finished.
We are now looking forward to winter months as Basketball season begins and we begin to implement a new year of services. “Make this the year you participate!”, said Teague.