Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department Monthly E-Newsletter
The current policy on park shelter and rec center rentals allows the public to reserve facilities on the first business day of the new year, which will be Wednesday, January 2. All reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To book a date in 2019 you can either stop in at the Park & Rec Dept (2nd floor of Village Hall), or you can call us at 423-3869 during business hours (weekdays from 8:00am to 4:30pm).  Payment of rental fee and security deposit is due in full at the time the reservation is made, so any phone bookings must pay with a credit card. 

Reservations for any of our open-air park shelters can be made for the months of May, June, July, August, and September. Information on our park shelters (shelter choices, locations, pictures, rental fees) is located on the village website at . Reservations for the Rec Center, which is located in the building next to Van Lieshout Park ball diamond, can be made from January through December.  The Rec Center is a large temperature controlled room which can accommodate groups up to 99, and is perfect site for an indoor birthday party, wedding/baby shower, family gathering, or company meeting. Rec Center contains tables, chairs, stove, refrigerator, microwave, sink, and indoor restrooms. 
(ages 15 to 99)
Are you looking for a low impact way to work your body like never before? Power Yoga focuses on strength, balance, flexibility and core work. This intense style of yoga is designed to make you move and sweat. It is a totally different way to work the body and uses muscles you didn't even know you had. This class is designed for all levels and no prior yoga experience is necessary. Classes are taught by a certified Yoga Instructor.

Our next session of yoga (Jan/Feb classes) will start on January 9 and end on February 27.  Classes are held in our Rec Center located at Van Lieshout Park (temperature controlled room in new building by ball diamond) on Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. 

Register early, class size is limited (30max/10min). You can register online or you can stop in our office to register.  Fee for 8 evening yoga classes is $40 per Little Chute resident/taxpayer and $50 per nonresident. Registration deadline 1/3/19.   After deadline, registrations only accepted at Rec Dept if space available.
We will be offering a 12-week youth dance program that will be held on Thursday evenings at the LC Civic Center. Classes are 30 minutes long and will be held from Thursday, February 7 through Thursday, May 3 (no classes on 4/4). All students will participate in the program’s dance revue, which will be held at 1:30pm on Sat., May 4 (rehearsal night is 5/3). No costume requirements, as kids color coordinate for show! 

Youth Dance Classes offered will be 4:30-5:00pm Tumbling (ages 4 & 5), 5:00-5:30pm Tumbling (ages 4 & 5),  5:30-6:00pm Poms (ages 6 & 7),  and 6:00-6:30pm Poms (ages 8 to 11).   All of our classes have a minimum student requirement to be held. If a class is cancelled due to low registration, families will be contacted to see if child can move to another class otherwise they will be refunded the class fee. The open time slot will then be filled with a different class created from children wait listed for a class. 

Registration for the 2019 Winter/Spring Dance Classes will begin on Monday, January 14.   Program fee will be $35 per Little Chute resident/taxpayer child or $45 per non-resident child. Parents can register their child with our online registration software or they can come to the Park & Rec to fill out a registration form. To register online, click the included link (make sure to create your family account prior to the start of registration, as your account needs department approval before you will be allowed to register online). All registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis by Little Chute residents and non-residents, so don’t wait to register your child as classes fill up fast! Registration deadline is 1/31/19. After deadline, registrations only accepted at Rec Dept if space available. Call 423-3869 with any questions.
Due to the mild winter weather we have been having and the lack of snow, the ice rink at Heesakker Park (located on E. Lincoln Avenue)  is still a work in progress!  The village crew will continue to work on the ice rink so please keep a look out for a usable rink in early January.

Once the ice rink is ready, get out your skating items (figure skates, hockey skates, hockey sticks & puck) and go to Heesakker Park to enjoy some outdoor winter fun! The village provides seating next to the rink to change into your skates, a hockey goal to practice your slap shots, and lighting so you can skate into the night. Please be considerate of the multiple uses and users while you are out there. The skating rink stays open until mother nature decides its time to warm up.

Starting on January 2, 2019, families who register for our rec programs or who rent our park facilities will no longer incur the 3.1% transaction fee from our credit card processing company. 

Families can feel free to use their credit or debit card to pay for their programs or rentals at the same amount as a family who would pay with cash or check. Credit cards that we can accept are visa, master card, or discover.

The Village of Little Chute offers a beautiful trail system for residents and non-residents. The highlight of our trail system is the Heritage Parkway trail that connects the Mill Street Bridge to Heesakker Park. In 2016 the Village of Little Chute and City of Kaukauna began a project titled the Fox River Boardwalk to create a connection between the Heritage Parkway Trail and Kaukauna's trail systems and over 13 miles of trails in the Fox Cities. The boardwalk will be 1100 feet in length and cross the Fox River. This boardwalk is projected to cost $3.5 million dollars. More than half of the $3.5 million dollars has already been pledged through grants and donations. The Village and City would like to see this project break ground and become a reality in 2019. If you are interested in contributing towards this project please visit the link next to this article that will take you to our official Fox River Boardwalk website.

Attached is a link to the 2018 Fall & Winter Program Book which contains the detailed listing of all our programs. Checkout all the awesome programs that we have planned. You can register for our programs online, by mail, or in person at the Park & Rec Dept (located on the 2nd floor of Village Hall).  All registration forms are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please register early, as each program has specific group sizes and registration deadlines. After the deadline, registration only accepted if space is available.
If you have questions, please give the Park & Rec a call at 920-423-3869.