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Aaron Reidmiller, PH: (804) 541-2353           Monday, January 13, 2020
Director, Hopewell Recreation and Parks


HOPEWELL, VA.The Hopewell Recreation and Parks Department has released its latest Activity Guide, a seasonal publication that features information on programs, classes, and events offered by the department. This edition of the guide features more than 130 activities for a variety of ages and interests, all taking place during the period January through April.

This activity guide celebrates several new programming endeavors including the department’s new therapeutic recreation programs and the Life University, offered through a partnership with the First Baptist Church of Hopewell. Therapeutic Recreation programs are designed to provide safe and structured recreation opportunities for persons with disabilities. Programs are designed to accommodate physical or cognitive limitations, as well as to unite persons who may face similar daily challenges in an effort to foster peer support.

These programs also serve as a respite for caregivers. In alignment with its new therapeutic programming, the department has also partnered with Special Olympics of Virginia and Sportable to increase opportunities in the City of Hopewell. The Life University, offered by First Baptist Church, provides a variety of special interest classes designed to teach skills and new experiences to adults. In this first round of classes, participants will learn how to use Shutterfly, master their smartphones, bake gourmet breads, decorate cakes and cookies, and learn how to line dance. All of the Life University classes will be held at the First Baptist Church.

Other favorite program areas featured in the guide include early childhood programming, focusing on children ages 2-5. These unique programs expose children to important social and developmental skills that prepare them for preschool and kindergarten. The department will also offer a variety of kayaking programs that include beginner classes in the pool at the Hopewell Community Center and guided trips on local waterways like the James and Appomattox Rivers. These are just a few of the program areas featured in the new activity guide.

To view and register for programs offered by Hopewell Recreation and Parks, please visit Hard copies of the activity guide are available at the Hopewell Community Center, other public buildings, and businesses in Hopewell. Most programs require advance registration and may have space limitations. Both free and fee-based programs are offered by the department. To learn more about the activity guide, please contact Hopewell Recreation and Parks at (804) 541-2353.

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