City of Coral Gables Community Recreation - June 2021
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Welcome Summer!
We welcome summer and its bright and sunny days to come. This is the ideal time to have fun in the sun at your Coral Gables parks with your family. For a full listing of Coral Gables parks visit gablesrecreation.com.
Fourth of July update:
 
The City of Coral Gables will not be holding its annual “A Gables Fourth” Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza this year.

While many restrictions have been lifted and Coral Gables has begun planning and hosting smaller events, an event the size and scope of the Fourth of July celebration is not feasible at this time.

Due to the large crowds that gather for Fourth of July and the short timetable for planning, the City will instead focus on presenting the celebration in 2022 with no restrictions.

We look forward to celebrating with you in 2022!
Inaugural Family Literacy Festival a success!

Thank you to all who came out to the City's first Gables Family Literacy Festival at the War Memorial Youth Center this past Saturday.
 
Mayor Vince Lago, Vice Mayor Michael Mena, and Commissioners Rhonda Anderson and Kirk Menendez took part in the festival's ribbon-cutting, officially inaugurating this fun and educational event. A row of food trucks provided delicious treats for the many families who enjoyed book readings, crafts, scholastic book shopping, a rock climbing wall and more. 
 
“The inaugural event was a great success,” said Fred Couceyro, Coral Gables’ Director of Community Recreation. “We look forward to working with our many community supporters and partners and hope to make this an annual happening.”
A special thank you to all of our partners and vendors who were instrumental in the success of the first annual Gables Family Literacy Festival.
Summer Camps are Here! Limited Summer Camps Available, Register Now.

Join our fun and safe summer camps including gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, swimming, fitness, tennis, golf, and more. Register online at playgables.com or in-person at the Youth Center at 405 University Drive, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or Saturdays: from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For additional information call 305-460-5600 or email parks@coralgables.com.
William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center Summer Camps
1150 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

Stay active this summer and play tennis at the newly renovated William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center. Classes are taught by our professional tennis instructors in small cohort groups.
Summer camps offered:
  • Varsity Tennis Half Day
  • 10 and Under Tennis Half Day
Venetian Pool Summer Camps
2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables

Enjoy summers outdoors at the historic Venetian Pool and come see what lifeguarding is all about by teaching children water safety through the eyes of a lifeguard.  
  • Guard Start Half Day Camp
  • Junior Lifeguard Camp
Granada Golf Course Summer Camp
2001 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables

Learn to play golf like a professional and join us at the Granada Golf course for our Jr. Golf Inclusive and Adaptive Summer Camp. 
Youth Center Summer Camps
405 University Drive, Coral Gables

Indoor and outdoor summer camps at the War Memorial Youth Center:
  • My First Camp
  • Summer P.L.AY. Care
  • Basketball Half Day Camp
  • Volleyball Half Day Camp
  • Half Day Fun Sports Camp
  • Tumblebees Gymnastics Full Day Camp
  • Fitness Fun Camp
Swim Lessons at Venetian Pool 
2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables

American Red Cross Children's Swimming Lessons
Learn to swim at the Venetian Pool this summer with our certified Red Cross Venetian Aquatic Club volunteers. Classes start June 14 and are offered in two-week sessions (Monday – Friday) for ages 5 and above. Participants will have the opportunity to learn swimming fundamentals and place according to their skill level. The program offers the following six progressive levels:    
Level I: Introduction to water skills.
Level II: Fundamental Aquatic skills. 
Level III: Stroke Development.
Level IV: Stroke Improvement.
Level V: Stroke Refinement.
Level VI: Stroke Proficiency.

Junior Water Safety Aide Course
Must have completed and passed Level VI and be at least 11 years of age. After successful completion of course, graduates 15 and above have the opportunity to volunteer to assist swim instructors as Junior Aides.
June 28 - July 9
8 – 10:30 a.m.

Adult Swim Lessons
Ages 18 and above
Learning how to swim is essential at any age! Whether you are looking to learn how to swim or simply improve your strokes and proficiency, our instructors will work with your individual skills and needs.
Tuesday through Thursday
Three week sessions 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

For more information email: VPinfo@coralgables.com


We welcome all children to experience the excitement of summer camp 

If your child needs accommodations to enjoy an inclusive and accessible summer among peers, contact the PLAY for All team at PlayForAll@coralgables.com or ask for an ADA Request Form at any of our registration offices. For additional information or to complete a request form on-line visit: www.coralgables.com/ada.

Magical Park

The world’s first digital playground 
is returning to Coral Gables
Play anytime at Phillips Park, 90 Menores Ave., Coral Gables
Just download the Magical Park app on your smartphone or tablet for lots of interactive fun.

Available games include:
  • Prehistoria: Dinosaur adventure.
  • Augmentia: Kitten rescue.
  • Alienspace: Alien saving.
  • Robotica: Robot workshop.
  • Evergreen: Recycling practice.
  • Ocean Rescue: Cleaning up the reef.
  • Australia Adventure: Learn about the animals of Australia.
Audio-play mode for the visually impaired.
FREE play: June through Sep. 2021. For help getting started, contact parks@coralgables.com
Get ready to move and groove!

Join our very own Fitness Coordinator, Maria Fleites in this energetic online Zumba video lesson as she teaches you step-by-step how to move with the beat.
Get your Free Adult Activity Center 50+ Access Pass today. 

Our team is thrilled to announce the new Adult Activity Center (AAC) Access Pass, which will provide contactless check-in, capacity control and quick priority registration.

The Access Pass is required for all patrons of the AAC to register for any class, program or special event. 

An active household/account with the Community Recreation Department is required. Register for the new pass at playgables.com or visit the Adult Activity Center at 2 Andalusia Ave. during office hours Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To check the status of your household account please email aacinfo@coralgables.com.
Adult Activity Center Programming

The Adult Activity Center programming is offering many new, fun, and interactive classes and programs this summer. Some classes/programs included: tai chi, Zumba, line dance, scrapbooking, game day, and much more. For more information please visit gablesrecreation.com/aac and register today!
Love to Stay Healthy and Fit 

The Adult Activity Center continues to offer a series of monthly Zoom fitness classes for adults ages 50+ that will help you stay healthy and fit. Free classes such as Pilates, line dance, life in motion, total body conditioning, Zumba, chair tai chi, and body and brain yoga are available daily. 
We are building beautiful to bring you a new exercise trail at William H. Kerdyk, Jr., and Family Park 6611 Yumuri Street.

Construction has started on the north side of William H. Kerdyk, Jr., and Family Park to enhance the grounds with new fitness equipment and a concrete path which will serve to connect the different stations and provide a comprehensive exercise trail. A partial closure is currently in effect. The area is expected to remain closed through the end of July. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For additional questions or comments please email parksprojects@coralgables.com.
The War Memorial Youth Center is pleased to welcome Chris Bart-Williams as the new Director of Coaching for Soccer

Chris Bart-Williams joins the Youth Center as the Director of Coaching for soccer. He has extensive experience in the sport. Originally from Sierra Leone, he grew up in North London and represented his school, borough, county and England at the youth level playing both defense and midfield. He went on to play for England’s under 21 team and trained with the senior squad. 

Previously, he was an assistant coach for SoccerPlus Connecticut, a women's team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) as well as for the men’s soccer team at Quinnipiac University. 

“Soccer is one of our most popular programs,” said Fred Couceyro, Director of Community Recreation for the City of Coral Gables. “We are delighted to have someone of Chris’ background and experience join our team and help our city’s youth develop their skills.”

A South Florida resident, in addition to leading Coral Gables’ soccer program Bart-Williams runs a soccer training and college recruiting service, CBW Soccer Elite which assists American and international student-athletes with college placement. He also provides technical advice to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program at Charlotte Soccer Academy.

Happening in July:

July is Park and Recreation month. Let's celebrate the essential work done by our Department professionals.