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From the Mayor - INFOCUS - June 2011

We've Got the Cure for the Summertime Blues

For many of us, summer days fly by. For others, boredom sets in as soon as school is out and triple digit temperatures drive everyone indoors.

Some neighborhoods have swimming pools and plenty of activities. If these options aren't available in your community, or you need something more to beat the summertime blues, check out Goodyear Parks and Recreation Department for creative alternatives. With summer programs, outings, activities and entertainment, you're sure to find something for everyone.

For the littlest of Goodyear's residents, consider signing up for parent-and-child swim lessons. There are child-and parent swim classes for babies as young as six months, and more advanced programs like diving and swim teams for four- to 18-year-olds. Water safety and rescue skills can make summertime a safer season. Teens can learn the basics in the Lifeguarding Tomorrow program offered at Goodyear Swimming Pool through the American Red Cross at Loma Linda Park.

Mayor Georgia Lord
Mayor Georgia Lord

Babysitting classes are offered several times this summer for kids between the ages of 10 and 18. These one-day classes are offered at Fire Station 183 near Goodyear Community Park, and teach the basics of feeding, burping, diapering, and pediatric CPR.

For family night, pack a picnic and head to Goodyear Community Park for Dry Heat Comedy Night from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. Enjoy clean adult humor with top comedians. It's funny and free!

Adult programs range from Zumba, tribal and belly dancing, to meditative knitting. Enjoy outings for residents age 50+ to the Arizona Science Center, Heard Museum, Bearizona Wildlife Park, or Flagstaff's Riordan Mansion and Arizona Snow Bowl.

You can find these activities and many more in the Summer 2011 Recreation Catalog which was already delivered to you in the April/May INFOCUS. If you no longer have the issue, you can find it online at or call Goodyear Parks and Recreation at 623-882-7525.

Enjoy the summer, have fun, and be safe!


Last Updated: 6/13/2011

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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749