With packed parks and barbeques sizzling all weekend, the recent three-day Memorial Day holiday kicked off the summer season in Riverbank.
The river and picnic areas at Jacob Myers Park saw wall to wall crowds, limited parking and less than ideal water levels, due to the drought, but fun was still in the air.
With school out for the summer, recreational opportunities abound from the Riverbank Parks and Recreation Department as well as the fun to be had at the park, enjoying a day by the river.
The free Certified Farmers Market began May 27 at Community Center Park, and the past Monday, June 1, the Riverbank Community Pool opened for recreational swimming. Hours are 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Cost is $2 per person, with swim passes available at the Rec. Dept. office.
The Riverbank Barracuda Swim Team has already held tryouts and competition will begin soon.
Swim lessons at the pool are offered in two-week sessions, Monday through Thursday, for 40 minutes each. Registration for swim classes is available, along with more information, at www.riverbankrecreation.com.
A variety of camps and classes were to begin this past Monday as well. Hip Hop Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Beginning and Intermediate Skateboard Camps, Summer Fun and Science Camp, Cheerleading, Basketball Camp and Games Explosion are a few of the activities scheduled.
There are activity classes set for all ages, including Tot classes, in beginning dance and martial arts, tennis, fencing and soccer.
For teens, there is the Riverbank Teen Action Committee overseeing the Teen Center at 3600-A Santa Fe, an Outdoor Adventure Club, River Rafting and Kayaking and trips to Santa Cruz and Pinecrest Lake camping.
For adults and seniors, the list includes Zumba Gold exercise classes, senior basketball, Golden Agers dancing, Pickleball, and a new activity, Ta’ai Chi Ch’uan, an ancient martial art from China.
Most neighborhoods in Riverbank have parks, with playground, play field and picnic facilities available.
More information is included in the Spring/Summer Activity Guide, available at the Rec. Dept. office, 6707-C Third St., and other city offices, or call 863-7150. Check the city website, www.riverbank.org, or www.riverbankrecreation.org for the most current information.