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Weston Parks and Rec. is creating more programs for adults

From left, Parks and Recreation staff members Dave Ungar, Glorai Sundlof, Lynn Stevens, and Bill Schaeffer are ready to serve the town’s adult population.

From left, Parks and Recreation staff members Dave Ungar, Glorai Sundlof, Lynn Stevens, and Bill Schaeffer are ready to serve the town’s adult population. —Kimberly Donnelly photo

For years, the Weston Parks and Recreation Department has been providing athletic opportunities for children. This year, it is starting a new initiative to provide more programming for adults.

“We’ve always done a great job for the town’s children,” said Dave Ungar, Parks and Recreation director. Now, thanks to some consistently available space, the department will be able to “provide programming for a group in town we haven’t offered programming to before on this  kind of scale,” he said.

Offerings include both “passive” activities, such as cake decorating, interior design, a game gallery (board games for adults), and mixed media art instruction, as well as more active classes like Zumba, yoga, and Body Blast body sculpting and toning.

The department is working in cooperation with the Senior Activities Center, which is housed in several classrooms and a multi-purpose room (essentially a small gymnasium) at Hurlbutt Elementary School’s South House.

Because the Senior Center is only open three days a week, from 9 to 2:30, there is plenty of time when the facilities are available, said Bill Schaeffer, Parks and Recreation program director.

“This is the first time this department has been able to use something other than a school setting,” which is very limited in its availability, Mr. Schaeffer said.

Lynn Stevens of the Parks and Recreation Department, left, and Wendy Petty, Senior Activities Center director, are working together to offer programming for all of the town’s adults.

Lynn Stevens of the Parks and Recreation Department, left, and Wendy Petty, Senior Activities Center director, are working together to offer programming for all of the town’s adults. —Kimberly Donnelly photo

Lynn Stevens, Parks and Recreation aquatic director, along with Mr. Ungar and Mr. Schaeffer, has been working closely with Wendy Petty, the Senior Center director, to coordinate use of the Senior Center space.

“Wendy has been terrific, and we’ve done some great brainstorming about how to bring various age groups together,” Ms. Stevens said.

Mr. Ungar said they are working to coordinate not only with the Senior Center, but also with the library so that programs are not duplicated.

“Our goal is to attract people who have been going elsewhere, so we can keep them in Weston,” Mr. Ungar said.

Mr. Ungar said they have some “great people” lined up as instructors. And, if anyone has an idea for a class, he is always open to suggestions and proposals, especially for the winter months. “We’re always looking for feedback,” he said.

Online registration (credit card payment only) for the adult programs opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 12:01 a.m. In person registration (cash or check payment only) begins Sept. 12 at 9:30 at the Parks and Recreation offices in Jarvis House, on the corner of Norfield Road and Route 57.

Sessions begin at the end of September or the beginning of October, depending on the class.

Complete descriptions of the adult programs, including cost, schedule, and the instructors’ names, is available online. Go to the town website, westonct.gov, and click on Youth/Adult Programs at the top of the page, then on Parks & Recreation Programs.

For more information, or for help registering online, call 203-222-2655.

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