by Mayor Jon Thompson, City of Coolidge
I’d like to take the opportunity this month to focus on Coolidge’s wonderful parks and recreational activities. Our Parks and Recreation Department offers a host of classes and sports that have become a center point of the community. Our investment in our parks is one the city council and I feel is very important.
Our City Parks
There are 10 parks located across the city. Each one has a unique look and landscape to attract different activities. One may offer a playground while the other offers residents and visitors a chance to take in a workout on a specially designed path. One of the largest parks sits within the downtown area. San Carlos Park is available for games of football toss and features a playground for the little ones. It’s also the venue for Coolidge Days and Coolidge Cotton Days held in October and March.
Kenilworth Sports Complex is perhaps the largest of our parks. Opened in 2007, it was designed and built as a multiuse facility where soccer, baseball, softball and many additional sports are played. Numerous regional Little League games are played at this complex as it offers a well-maintained and safe space for children to enjoy.
I’m also excited to announce a new park scheduled to be constructed in February. Landmark Ranch Park will offer wide-open spaces for play and a state-of-the-art playground designed by a top playground company. The park will complement our newer subdivisions on the north side of the city and offer residents a new place to play. The playground will also feature a sun canopy to allow year-round availability.
Classes and Sports
The recreation department offers many classes and sports throughout the year. Some of these include softball, basketball, flag football, volleyball, soccer, t-ball, kickball and even pickleball. In addition to the sports programs, residents and visitors can take part in our many summer classes. Coolidge also has one of the largest swimming pools in the county enjoyed by the whole community each summer. Swim classes and competitive swimming make our city one of the best places to choose an activity all year long.
Finally, I’d like to touch on our kids programs held after school and during the summer break. C.A.S.P.E.R. (Coolidge After School Program for Education and Recreation) offers a planned and well-supervised after school program. It is for all children currently attending kindergarten through sixth grade and offers a variety of activities helping kids to achieve developmental goals. During the summer months, our Kids Kamp program offers a wide range of fun. Kids Kamp is a great way for children ages 5 to 12 to make new friends and enjoy the summer break with a host of activities.
I’m very proud of our Parks and Recreation Department offering so many choices for our residents throughout the year. The council and I receive many praises for the various sports and classes available to Coolidge residents. I encourage those in the surrounding communities to have a look at the sports and class offerings we provide. I think you’ll be impressed with the great choices. You can learn more at coolidgeaz.com/parks.