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Programs & Special Events

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION:
•Resident = lives inside the City limits of Washington.  To receive the resident discount, you must show proof of residency. (e.g. Water Bill)
•General = lives outside the City limits of Washington.
•Cancellations will be placed on the Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page.
•AMERICANS DISABILITIES ACT:  The Parks and Recreation Department is addressing the regulations contained in the American Disabilities Act.  Although the compliance plan has been endorsed, any comments or suggestions which would assist to accommodate persons with disabilities in our program and/or activities are always welcome.  If you or someone you know needs special accommodations to participate in any program or event, please notify our office 48 hours prior to the scheduled program or event.

ADULT CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE:
Date:  Wednesdays beginning April 14, 2021
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location:  Jerry J. Jasper Lakeview Park
League Fee:  $260.00 (minimum of 10 games per team)
Minimum:  6 teams; Maximum 8 teams
*Must be 18 and older to play
Team Roster
Rules
Hold Harmless Agreement

WOMEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE:
Date:  Thursdays beginning April 15, 2021
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location:  McLaughlin Park
League Fee:  $260.00 (minimum of 10 games per team)
Minimum:  6 teams; Maximum 8 teams
*Must be 18 and older to play
Team Roster
Rules
Hold Harmless Agreement

For additional information, please contact the Parks Department at (636) 390-1080.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION:
•Refunds will be made up to two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the program.  Once the program begins, partial refunds may be granted on an individual basis at the discretion of the Parks and Recreation Department.  Refunds will be given for all programs cancelled by the Parks and Recreation Department.
•Cancellations will be placed on the Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page.
•AMERICANS DISABILITIES ACT:  The Parks and Recreation Department is addressing the regulations contained in the American Disabilities Act.  Although the compliance plan has been endorsed, any comments or suggestions which would assist to accommodate persons with disabilities in our program and/or activities are always welcome.  If you or someone you know needs special accommodations to participate in any program or event, please notify our office 48 hours prior to the scheduled program or event.

MUSIC AT THE MARKET:
Time:  5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fee:  FREE Admission
Location:  Farmers’ Market
Food and beverage will be available for purchase
•Thursday, September 10:  The Backstreet Cruisers
•Thursday, October 8:  Garden Party

NEW! MOVIE WITH THE MUTTS:
Don’t forget your lawn chairs and/or blankets!
Movie:  A Dogs Journey
Date:  Friday, September 18, 2020
Time:  8:45 p.m.
Location:  South Point Bark Park; 101 Kingsland Drive
Fee:  FREE

CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE:
In the event of rain, it will be left to the discretion of each individual seller to determine if they want to cancel
*Registration deadline is Friday, September 18
**Booklets will be available for purchase on Tuesday, September 22 – Friday, September 25 at the:
•Parks & Recreation Office
•Washington Chamber of Commerce
•Washington Public Library
Date:  Saturday, September 26, 2020
Time:  7 a.m.
Location:  Various homes throughout the City limits of Washington
Fee:  $7.00 listing of Garage Sale; $3.00 Cost of Booklet
City Wide Garage Sale Application

WITCHES ON MAIN STREET:  (CANCELLED)
Shopping, Food, Drinks, Music and Contests
Women 21 and older
Date:  Thursday, October 1, 2020
Time:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location:  Farmers’ Market
Fee:  $8.00/person.  Ticket includes:  gate fee, cup and a bag of goodies; the first 50 tickets sold, will receive one (1) free drink ticket
*All tickets must be purchased prior to the event; there will be NO sales at the gate
**Maximum attendance is 250; all ticket sales will be done via Paypal.Me
Paypal.me/witchesonmainstreet

NEW!  FLASHLIGHT HARVEST HUNT & TONS OF FUN:  (CANCELLED)
Come out to Lakeview Softball Complex to hunt harvest eggs in the dark!
Participants are asked to bring a flashlight and something to collect goodies in; there will also be a fire truck, police car, and park trucks on display for kids to check out
Ages:  3-12
Date:  Saturday, October 10, 2020
Time:  7:00 p.m. or dark
Location:  Lakeview Softball Field #1
Fee:  FREE

LETTERS TO SANTA:
Date(s):  November 30 – December 18, 2020
Santa will be answering letters from boys and girls who write to him at:
SANTA
Washington Parks & Recreation
405 Jefferson Street
Washington, MO 63090
*You may also drop off your letter(s) at the Washington Public Library in the Santa Mailbox located on the bottom level; letters must include a stamp self-addressed envelope.  They will be forwarded to the North Pole.

OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS:
Partnered with the Washington Chamber of Commerce
Date:  Sunday, November 29, 2020
Time:  3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Farmers’ Market
Activities Include:
•Carriage Rides
•Marshmallow Roasting
•Photos with Reindeer
•Hot Chocolate / Hot Cider
•Christmas Crafts
•Cookie Decorating
•Face Painting
•Local Choirs and the Washington Brass Band
•Mulled Wine (for grown-ups)
•Chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

WASHINGTON BRASS BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT:
Date:  Sunday, December 13, 2020
Time:  3:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location:  City Auditorium, Upper Level
Fee:  FREE

FLASHLIGHT CANDY CANE HUNT:
Bring your flashlights and hunt for candy canes in the dark!  There will be hot chocolate, cookies, crafts and a visit from Santa.
Ages:  1-12
Date:  Thursday, December 17, 2020
Time:  6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  City Auditorium, Lower Level
Resident Fee:  $8.00/child
General Fee:    $12.00/child
*Registration deadline is Tuesday, December 15, 2020

DADDY DAUGHTER SWEETHEART DANCE:
This event is for girls with their dads, grandpas, uncles or special escorts.
Ages:  3-10
Date:  Friday, February 12, 2021
Time:  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location:  City Auditorium, Upper Level

RESIDENT FEEGENERAL FEE
$48.00/couple$62.00/couple
$18.00/each additional child$21.00 each additional child
$14.00/each additional adult$19.00/each additional adult

*Registration deadline is Friday, January 22, 2021 or when the program is filled, whichever comes first.

EASTER EGG HUNT:
Ages:  1(walking)-10
Date:  Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time:  9 a.m. sharp
Location:  Fairgrounds – Midway Soccer Field
Fee:  FREE Admission

For additional information, please contact the Parks Department at (636) 390-1080.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION:
•Cancellations will be placed on the Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page.
•AMERICANS DISABILITIES ACT:  The Parks and Recreation Department is addressing the regulations contained in the American Disabilities Act.  Although the compliance plan has been endorsed, any comments or suggestions which would assist to accommodate persons with disabilities in our program and/or activities are always welcome.  If you or someone you know needs special accommodations to participate in any program or event, please notify our office 48 hours prior to the scheduled program or event.

Due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Auditorium is closed until further notice.

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a free open gym period for walking in the City Auditorium at 211 High Street.  The gym is closed on City holidays and other special dates.  These dates are posted in the Auditorium.

AMERICANS DISABILITIES ACT:  The Parks and Recreation Department is addressing the regulations contained in the American Disabilities Act.  Although the compliance plan has been endorsed, any comments or suggestions which would assist to accommodate persons with disabilities in our program and/or activities are always welcome.  If you or someone you know needs special accommodations to participate in any program or event, please notify our office 48 hours prior to the scheduled program or event.

REVENUE AND PRICING POLICY:
The City of Washington Parks and Recreation Department offers diversified parks and recreation services to its residents and the surrounding community. Historically, these services were financed by appropriation of tax dollars from the City’s general fund, which is to say that residents of Washington have previously paid for their parks, recreation facilities, and recreation services primarily through taxation. In recent years, with the growing population in and around Washington has increased demand for new, expanded, and more diversified services. Additionally, costs of land and capital projects have increased, as have operational costs, and with the decline in the economy over the past several years, a greater emphasis has been placed on generating non-tax revenues. These pressures are of such magnitude as to cause alternative sources of revenues to be more and more critical for the operation of parks and recreation programs and facilities. In the field of parks and recreation, sources of funds other than local taxes include:
•Gifts and bequests
•Grants
•Contractual receipts
•Concessions and leases
•Fees and charges
•Sponsorships

The guiding principle of the Washington Parks and Recreation Department’s philosophy is to provide the most efficient and highest quality parks and recreation experiences possible within its appropriated budget, and to ensure that all Washington citizens have an equal opportunity to participate in a variety of programs, services, parks and facilities. This principle is accomplished through two primary funding sources: taxes (property and sales) 2 and user fees and charges. Tax dollars may provide for capital improvements, land acquisition, and basic administrative costs for parks and recreation services; however, user fees and charges offset operating costs and continue to be an important source of income to assist in narrowing the gap between the levels of tax subsidy and revenue.

The underlying principle of financing the parks and recreation system is to offer an efficient, balanced program of parks, facilities, trails and services in Washington. Frequently, the demand upon our parks and recreation system is greater than the tax revenues available to support the demand. Realizing that tax dollars alone should not subsidize programs, services and facilities, it is necessary to charge user fees for selected programs, services and facilities, particularly in instances where a program, service or facility is directly consumed by the individual(s), group or organization for his/her or their own personal benefit. Philosophically, fees charged are designed to reduce or eliminate subsidies from the General Fund. It is felt that the user(s) of the program, service or facility shall pay for all or part of the costs.

This system of user fees and charges must supplement and not replace existing financial resources. They must be constructed on a level consistent with the needs of Washington residents and in accordance with national and local trends. User fees and charges must be viewed as a method of continuing and expanding the ability to provide quality parks and recreation services at a level that is fair and equitable to both participants and nonparticipants in the City of Washington. User fees and charges provide only one source of finance for the Parks and Recreation Department. A system of user fees and charges must supplement other resources available to the Department, not replace them or be used to diminish the Department’s responsibility to provide public open space and recreational opportunities for all citizens.

The prime objective of this Policy is to develop guidelines to efficiently direct the Department toward a more consistent and effective method of establishing fees and charges while, at the same time, maintaining a high degree of equity for the citizens of Washington. The general benefit of services, programs and facilities must exceed any detriment imposed by the user fees themselves and collections must be practical.

Revenue and Pricing Policy

All Service Project Proposals and Volunteer Forms shall be directed to:
City of Washington
Attn:  Parks & Recreation Department
405 Jefferson Street
Washington, MO 63090
(636) 390-1080
cwarren@washmo.gov

Service Project Proposal Form
Volunteer Form

Due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Senior Center is closed until further notice.

Aging Ahead is proud to operate a Community Senior Center in Washington.  This location serves as a focal point for older adults.  They offer nutritious hot meals for center participants and delivers Meals on Wheels to eligible home bound seniors.  Educational, recreational and health programs are also offered at the center.

Contact Center Administrator:
Debbie Steagall

Center Address and Phone Number:
1459 West Fifth Street
Washington, MO 63090
(636) 239-3374

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lunch served at 11:45 a.m.

Activities include:
•Tai-Chi Classes* – Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
•Arthritis Exercise Classes* – Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m.
•Yoga Classes – Fridays at 10 a.m.
•Computer Classes – Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.
•Live Band and Dance – First and third Wednesdays of each month from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; no charge for dance, suggested lunch contribution $4
•Computers and WiFi available during hours of operation
•Rummage Sale – Friday, May 1, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*Denotes the class is certified by the Arthritis Foundation

For more information:
washington@agingahead.org
https://www.agingahead.org/