Milford Parks and Recreation is gearing up for a busy fall with many activities planned for children and adults for the 2015-16 year. Mary Betts, Director of Recreation for the organization says that many old favorites are returning for the upcoming year.
One of the largest programs for the department is the soccer program. Parks & Recreation offers Kinderkicker Soccer for children who will turn five by October 31 with games held on Saturday afternoon. Programs are also available for students in Grades 1 and 2 with games held on Saturday morning; 3 and 4 with games held on Sunday afternoon; 5 and 6 with games held on Saturday afternoon as well as a program for 6th through 8th grade girls with games held on Sunday afternoons. Ms. Betts reminds parents that shin guards are required for all soccer programs. Players are also expected to attend one practice per week. All soccer programs are $40 and games are held at the Tony Silicato Memorial Park behind the Greater Milford Boys and Girl’s Club off Airport Road.
The Fall Tennis Program is open to Youth aged 12 and up as well as adults on Mondays from September 14 until October 12 from 6 to 7:30 PM. Youth aged 6 to 11 lessons will be held on Wednesdays starting September 16 through October 14 from 6 to 7:30 PM. The cost of the tennis program is $40 and they are held on the lit tennis courts behind Milford High School. Class sizes are limited so anyone interested should register as soon as possible.
Youth wrestling is another popular program through Milford Parks and Recreation. The program is held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 PM in the Milford High School Wrestling Room. The program begins November 2 for youth in grades one through six. The cost for the six-week first and second grade program is $25 while the third through sixth grade program, which runs through February, costs $40.
The Field Hockey program at Parks & Recreation offers both a beginner and advanced level. Participants learn drills, skills and plays while developing knowledge of positions along with defensive and offensive strategy. The program is held at the Milford High School Field Hockey field. The Beginner Program is designed for girls in first and second grade. It is a six week program held from 11 AM until 12 Noon on Saturdays at a cost of $25. The Advanced Level is designed for girls in grades third through sixth grade and also runs six weeks. The program is held from 12 Noon until 1:30 PM on Saturday at a cost of $40.
Boys and girls can also join the Instructional Flag Football program which is designed to teach the fundamentals of the game. It is held from 9 until 9:45 AM at Marvel Square Park starting on Saturday, September 5. The cost of the program is $40.
For adults, there are two new Pickleball Courts on the parking lot behind the Parks & Recreation building on Franklin Street. During normal working hours, nets, balls and paddles are available at no cost in the Parks & Recreation building or those who wish to play on weekends can bring their own supplies to use the courts at no charge. There is also a new Bocce Ball court in Bicentennial Park. Equipment can be checked out through the Milford Senior Center or at the Parks & Recreation Building. Players with their own equipment are welcome to use the courts when they are available.
“In addition to these fun programs, we encourage people to visit the Can-Do Playground which has equipment for children of all abilities,” Ms. Betts said. “We also have a disc-golf course with the first tee near the storage shed at the rear of the park. Grab a score card out of the bin by the tee with the course map marked with hazards and distances. It is nine holes of fun.” In addition, the Tony Silicato Memorial Park has a half-mile asphalt walking trail while in downtown Milford at the Mispillion Riverwalk, the Gary L. Emory Nature Trail at Goat Island offers a half-mile circular trail that meanders through tidal wetlands, upland woodlands and fresh tidal river systems. Even the family pet can get involved in outdoor activities with the new Dog Park where dogs can play off-leash in a safe, fenced environment.
Fall registration begins Saturday, August 15 from 10 AM until 12 Noon or parents may visit the Milford Parks & Recreation Office between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday at 207 Franklin Street. For more information about any programs or to learn about their scholarship programs, families can call 302-422-1104.