By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
Get out and play, take a class, or volunteer with Rolesville’s Parks and Recreation department this summer.
From mid-July forward, there will be programs and classes for young and old, residents and non-residents. Full information can be found online including fees and registration forms.
Activities coming up include:
- The 6th Annual Youth Football Camp for kids 5 to 14 years old will be held at Rolesville Middle School on Burlington Mills Road on the evenings of July 28 and 29. Rolesville Varsity Coach Gary Evans will head up the camp. Registration deadline: July 10.
- Youth Fall Soccer for boys and girls aged 4 through 11 will get underway with practice matches during the first two weeks of August. Competitive matches kick off after the Labor Day weekend with the season running through the end of October. Open registration deadline: July 10.
- Tai Chi classes will begin on July 23 and be held every Wednesday morning through August 27. Easy to learn, safe and effective, Sun Style Tai Chi combines slow movements and “qigong” breathing exercises to enhance healing and improve mobility. Registration deadline: July 18.
- Soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 3 and 16 will be interested in the 2014 Challenger British Soccer Camp coming to Rolesville August 4 through 8 at the Rolesville Community School Park and Ballfields. Registration deadline: July 25. After July 25, there is a $10 late fee.
- Adult Softball Leagues are forming now, and registration runs through July 31. The season includes a preseason tournament, a 10-game tournament, and a post-season tournament. Leagues are available for men’s, women’s, and coed teams.
J. G. Ferguson has been Rolesville’s Director of Parks and Recreation for two-and-a-half years, first joining the department in late 2008. According to Ferguson, the strength of the department right now is in youth athletics, but one of his goals is to expand the programs.
“My focus is to broaden our department into other cultural offerings and programs,” he said, “but for the athletics, it all goes back to our volunteers and coaches. I can’t say enough about them. They’re the heart and soul of our program. They’re who the parents and kids see at every practice, at every game. We’ve got good quality people in Rolesville, and that’s what makes our program strong.”
If playing a sport or taking a class isn’t your thing, Parks and Recreation invites you to come to one of their Advisory Board meetings to see how you else you can participate. Meetings at the Rolesville Community Center (504 Southtown Circle) are held every second Wednesday at 7 p.m. An online questionnaire must to be filled out with volunteer interests and contact information, and then returned to town hall.
Ferguson is also the volunteer coordinator and works closely with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PaRAB). The Board also has subcommittees, such as the Open Space and Greenway Committee, which is headed by long-time Advisory Board member Terry Marcellin-Little.
“We’re looking for people who love to be outdoors,” Marcellin-Little said. “People who hike, bike, run, walk, all have their own particular needs for how they use the spaces and can bring their own unique perspectives with regard to developing the spaces for the future.”
The subcommittee works with parks and trails; the clean water initiative for which people monitor the water quality of streams; and even swamp areas where people are needed to observe birds and give input about where to put boardwalks.
“We encourage people to join us who are pro-active and will ask not only ‘why’ but also ‘why not’,” she said. “Working together with good people who have a variety of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints can only help us achieve much bigger things.
“Volunteers have had a lot to do with the shaping of the Town as it grows,” she continued. “There are many ways that your input today will help shape the future of Rolesville for succeeding generations.”
For further information about programs, classes, or volunteering, go to http://rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/parks-recreation/