New facility to expand park’s offerings

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From left: Westfield Chamber of Commerce President Julie Sole, Mayor Andy Cook, Recreation Program Coordinator Stephanie Baumann, Administrative Assistant Brittany Goger, City Council President Jim Ake, Parks and Recreation Director Melody Jones and City Council Member Rob Stokes. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

From left: Westfield Chamber of Commerce President Julie Sole, Mayor Andy Cook, Recreation Program Coordinator Stephanie Baumann, Administrative Assistant Brittany Goger, City Council President Jim Ake, Parks and Recreation Director Melody Jones and City Council Member Rob Stokes. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

By Anna Skinner

In hopes of providing more recreational programs for local citizens to enjoy, Westfield’s Parks and Recreation Dept. celebrated the opening of its new programming facility at 330 E. Main St. on May 30.

The new facility has no designated hours of operation. Recreation Program Coordinator Stephanie Baumann said it will be open whenever classes are in session. The earliest classes start at 5:35 a.m. and the last class is at 9 p.m.

“This programming facility allows Westfield another way to participate in different recreational programs,” Baumann said.

Registration is now available for any citizens interested in signing up for a variety of programs. Baumann said there are other types of classes available, such as painting and crafts. Costs range from free to $59, depending on the class and materials used.

“We offer fitness programs for all ages, the lowest age is 18 months, and we have classes for senior citizens as well,” Baumann said.

Baumann said the classes weren’t the only programs the facility offers. Various dates throughout the summer, the facility will put on special events, such as Westfield Rocks the Fourth and a variety of movies will be played at Asa Bales Park, including “Brave” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”

The parks department mailed out The Grand Guide, which outlined the different programs offered by the new facility. It also defines the prices and ages required for each program. The guide was mailed to all Westfield residents and will be followed by two more guides in the fall and the winter to inform the city of the programs to be offered in the future. A digital copy of The Grand Guide is available online at www.westfield.in.gov/park.

Citizens can register online, by calling 804-3183 or by dropping off or mailing in the program registration form to the Westfield City Service Center at 2728 E. 171st St.

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