City of Coral Gables Community Recreation - April 2021
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Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Easter from Community Recreation

Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice, however if you do gather with people who do not live with you, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends holding gatherings and activities outdoors rather than indoors. 
You may take these additional steps to make your celebration safer: 
  • Have conversations ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together. 
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors. 
  • Avoid shouting or singing.
Community Recreation Schedule for Good Friday & Easter Sunday  
All Parks facilities will observe their regularly scheduled operational hours this Easter weekend.
Watch Jurassic Park Under the Gables Moonlight

Mark your calendars: On Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m. the movie Jurassic Park will be shown outdoors Under the Gables Moonlight at the War Memorial Youth Center Athletic Field located at 405 University Drive. Presented in collaboration with the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Cost is $10 per family pod of up to four people. A blanket is included in the purchase of a family pod. Bring your own lawn chairs and snacks.

Gables Literacy Festival– A New Coral Gables Family Event 

Embark on a literacy journey and join us under the Youth Center tree canopy at 405 University Drive for a daylong celebration and book fair on Saturday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In an effort to promote summer reading and the literary arts the festival will provide a unique experience for all ages and abilities and include a street fair with literacy exhibitors and vendors, free literacy screenings and evaluations, children’s activities, book donation and exchange areas, food trucks and much more. For more information contact specialevents@coralgables.com.

Summer Camp Registration Is Now Open 

Join our fun and safe summer camps including gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, swimming, fitness, tennis, golf, and more. Non-residents can register on April 5. 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.

Youth Center Summer Camp Programs

For a variety of indoor and outdoor summer camp programs join us at the War Memorial Youth Center for:
  • 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
Venetian Pool Summer Camp Programs

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
William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center Summer Camp Programs

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 cohorted groups.
  • Varsity Tennis Half Day
  • 10 and Under Tennis Half Day
Granada Golf Course Summer Camp Program

Learn to play golf like a professional and join us at the Granada Golf course for our Jr. Golf Inclusive and Adaptive Summer Camp. 
  • Junior Golf Inclusive and Adaptive Summer Camp
Swim Lessons at Venetian Pool 

Learn to swim at the Venetian Pool this summer with our certified Red Cross Venetian Aquatic Club volunteers. Classes start Monday, June 11 and are offered for 2-week sessions (Mon. – Fri.) for 5-years-old and above. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and be placed 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.
Travel Soccer Try-Outs

Boys and Girls ages 8 - 13-years-old
The travel soccer program provides youth players the opportunity to participate in competitive and recreational play. Players must participate in try-outs to be considered for team selections. Try-outs require the use of a face mask. Register online at playgables.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 online visit: www.coralgables.com
Free Community Bocce Nights

For all ages and abilities
At the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center
Bocce, also known as lawn bowling, is one of the most widely played games all over the world. Meet by the batting cages at the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center for an introductory lesson, followed by a relaxed game of Bocce.
For more information please e-mail: PlayForAll@coralgables.com
April 21 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dance is Universal via Zoom

For all ages and abilities
Children ages 6-10 with and without disabilities are invited to learn dance moves and make new friends through a new program lead by a Spectrum Dance Certified instructor.
This program is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Family Sign Language Classes via Zoom

This class is taught by a deaf adult exclusively for families of children up to 12-years-old with hearing loss. Classes are available on Wednesdays from 6 - 7 p.m. via Zoom. For more information email PlayForAll@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.
Pilates in the Park at the Historic Merrick House

Join Pilates in the Park starting Friday, April 2 for Gables residents 50+. Classes will take place outdoors in the shady Merrick House garden located on 907 Coral Way. Participants must bring their own mat, water, towel, and face mask. Space is limited.
Join us for Line Dancing

Get ready to dance the afternoons away with new Line Dance classes starting Friday, April 2 for Gables residents 50+. Classes will take place at the Coral Gables Museum located at 285 Aragon Ave. Participants must bring their own water and face mask. Space is limited.
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.
Visit Majorca Park

Another recent addition to the City’s park inventory is Majorca Park, located at 937 Majorca Avenue in a well-traveled corner just north of the Coral Gables Country Club and adjacent to two of the City’s historic entrances. The enclosed 0.33-acre park has a large playground area for children with a fun slide and a tree house climbing structure. A winding pathway takes visitors through garden gates, benches for relaxation, boulders made of oolite limestone, and around a large grass area for play. A focal point of this park is a native Ficus aurea tree that will provide canopy over the sitting area. The park is surrounded by several species of colorful flowering shrubs that butterflies love to visit such as Brazilian cloak, thyrallis, white Geiger, stoppers, locust berry, wax jasmine, ruellia and pentas.
Congratulations – Yanessa Rodriguez – City of Coral Gables Employee of the Month for March 2021 

We are honored to highlight one of our own for the Employee of the Month for March. Yanessa Rodriguez has worked in Community Recreation over the last six years and currently serves as the Youth Center Assistant Supervisor in coordinating youth programming and managing the City’s main recreational facility. Yanessa, your dedication and service are appreciated. Thank you for your commitment to the City Beautiful.
City of Coral Gables Community Recreation Now Hiring

Join the City of Coral Gables Community Recreation team this summer and apply for any of the following positions:
  • Camp Counselor 
  • Camp Coordinator 
  • Guest Service Representative 
  • Guest Service Specialist 
  • Lifeguard 
  • Program Assistant 
  • Maintenance 
  • Special Populations 
  • Park Service Attendant 
Happening in May:
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony 
Monday, May 31 at 9 a.m. at the War Memorial Youth Center
Save the date!