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Recreation Department Wraps Up Summer
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Attendance was lower than normal at the Escalon community pool this summer, but then, so were the temperatures. A milder than normal summer, with only a handful of days reaching triple digits, kept the typical crowds away from the pool, though officials did stay busy with swimming lessons and recreational swim.

"I think (activities at) the pool went well, we averaged about 50 to 60 kids a day and that was probably a little low," said Escalon Recreation Director Bridget Gaines. "On the few 100-degree days, the pool filled."

There were 12 lifeguards working for the city over the summer and several sessions of swimming lessons.

"Those went wonderfully well and most of the sessions were fairly full," said Gaines. "We had morning and evening lessons, the evenings were the most popular."

The summer also featured well-attended 'Discover Scuba' sessions introducing residents to the hobby of scuba diving.

Now that school is back in session and the fall season is looming - and, of course, temperatures hitting those triple digits - Gaines said there are several recreational opportunities on the horizon.

"Soccer registration just finished and we ended up with 505 kids, not bad," she said. "We had a lot of late registrations and we start the season on Sept. 11 with five different age divisions."

Games run through Oct. 30.

Ongoing are the Gym Fit and Cheer Fit classes for youngsters, the Cheer Fit runs every Thursday at 3:30 pm. at the Escalon Community Center and Cheer Fit at the same time on Tuesdays. The next six-week session will begin in September and move to a later time, 5:30 p.m. for both the Cheer and Gym Fit sessions.

"Cheer Fit they do pom pom routines, tumbling, and motion," said Gaines. "Gym Fit is more about balance and muscle building and control, they also work on the beam and trampoline."

The classes are offered through Kid Time Fitness and are open to both boys and girls. Contact Gaines at 691-7305 for more information about the classes or any recreation program.

Also about to start is the Friday night Adult Softball co-ed league, offered at Hogan Park starting Aug. 27. The Monday Night Men's A League is ongoing and runs through Sept. 20.