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Summer rec program starts Monday in Detroit Lakes

Though the administration of the Detroit Lakes Summer Recreation Program has changed hands this year, there will be very few visible changes for participants when the program gets underway Monday.

Coordinators Brent Wolf and Kim Bettcher of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center say they have been working closely with the Detroit Lakes City Park & Recreation Board to put together the schedule.

As in past years, the program will include everything from baseball and t-ball to face painting and crafts. Activities will run from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. every Monday through Friday, with a staff of five facilitators that includes faces old and new.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will focus on free crafts for youth in the mornings, and special events in the afternoon such as disc golf, chess, shuffleboard, scavenger hunts and more.

New to the schedule are Kids' Choice and Staff's Choice periods, in which kids and staff can pick their favorite activities, Wolf said.

Bonnie Seebold, Caitlin Berg and Michael Klyve have all worked with the city's summer rec program in past years, and while Matt Kensington and Reed Oistad are both new this year, they have past experience with youth programs at the DLCCC.

"A lot of staff and programs are the same," Wolf added.

Because the programs are free and open to everyone, there is no registration required, Bettcher said. "Kids can come and go during the day as they choose," she added.

The 2009 Summer Rec program gets underway this Monday, June 8, at Washington Park, inside the recreation building.

For those who are interested in a specific youth recreation activities such as baseball, tennis lessons and soccer, there is a fee involved, but an affordable one. Participation costs range between $15 and $33 for the summer.

There are also adult fitness programs including running and tennis, as special events such as the Detroit Lakes Mid-Summer Bike Tour on July 11 and the Dick Beardsley Run on Sept. 12 (both of these special events are open to kids and adults).

Swimming lessons also start Monday at both the DLCCC and Detroit Lakes High School, with morning and afternoon sessions at the high school and afternoon sessions at the DLCCC.

Aquatic activities such as Sunfish swimming, scuba classes and summer dive camps are also available, along with a summer vocal camp featuring a cappella band InPulse (July 21-23).

For more information, call Wolf and Bettcher at 218-844-4221, Ext. 118 and 108, respectively, or e-mail them at or A complete summer rec schedule is also available online at

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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