If you ever feel there’s just nothing to do, read on. The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Dept. has made a concerted effort to see that no one on the island ever lacks for activities.
Parks and Rec just put out their fall schedule of programs, and there is something for everyone. Youths, teens, adults, fitness buffs, card sharks, runners and lovers of fresh produce all have events geared for them. This autumn, said Mindy Matusiak, recreation program supervisor, special attention is being given to community-wide events and programs for adults.
“We want to give the kids a chance to get back into the swing of school,” she said. “We’re still offering a number of kids’ activities, but we are specializing in special events this fall. We want to get the community involved with the parks.”
One such event, the Jolley Be Good 5K race in November, will take advantage of the new span of the Judge J.J. Jolley Bridge. Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, the race will coincide with the dedication of the expanded bridge, and a one-mile fun walk around Veterans’ Community Park. That park will itself be dedicated one week earlier, on Friday, Nov. 11.
The Halloween Spooktacular will beat Halloween itself by nine days, arriving on Saturday, Oct. 22, and the Marco Island Farmers’ Market will return for another season each Wednesday from November through April. All special events are free to all. Below is a complete listing of the Parks & Rec programs.
Freestyle Martial Arts for Kids Offered by Defense Fitness Club
Children will learn martial arts fitness and defensive techniques which will emphasize confidence building and skill development. Freestyle Martial Arts for Kids will begin in January running on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mackle Park. Beginners will train from 6:15 p.m.-7 p.m. and intermediates will train from 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per month with a one-time, initial registration fee of $25 for new students. Pre-registration is required.
Open Gym Tumbling
Learn how to perform cartwheels, round-offs, back bends, and much more. Open Gym for kids ages 6-10 years will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. and ages 11-15 years will be held on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $8/child.
All teen trips are available for incoming 6th graders and up. The cost for the trip includes transportation from Mackle Park to the trip location and home, and the cost for entrance fee. Please bring additional money for snacks and souvenirs. Pre-registration is required for all teen trips. Call Mackle Park for details 642-0575.
– Howl-O-Scream: Oct. 15, cost is $65/person
– Germain Arena (Ice Skating): Nov. 22, cost is $10/person
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER HELP
Dress up in your Halloween costumes and help out our Parks and Recreation Department in our annual Halloween Spooktacular event. Volunteer to help with kids games, set-up, and tear down of the program event. Call Mindy Matusiak at 389-5032 for details and how you can help out. October 22, 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
MACKLE PARK PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
Marco Island is a habitat for approximately 90 Burrowing Owls, a State of Florida “Species of Special Concern.” From the meeting place, Nancy Richie, environmental specialist, will lead a walk to one or two nearby locations to view the owls and their burrows. Onsite information will be provided about the biology, history, habitat, behavior, etiquette in maintaining and viewing owls and their burrows, and the human impacts on the Burrowing Owls in the urban environment. Wear walking shoes. Pre-registration is required. Please call Mackle Park for dates and times. (239) 642-0575.
Boot scoot around at Mackle Park. Iris Mooney will teach you the beginning steps of line dancing and at the end of class you will be able to take home a few to use on your own. Walk-ins welcome. Classes begin on December on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. at Mackle Park. Cost is $6/participant.
MACKLE PARK FITNESS
Be Fit Over 50
Continues on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 7:45 a.m. The fee is $50 for the month of as of October, or $6/class. Participants will enjoy the benefits of increased strength, muscle tone and flexibility. This weight-bearing exercise program will help combat osteoporosis and improve bone density.
Jazz It Up Cardio
It’s back by popular demand. Jazz It Up Cardio will be offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45am – 9:00am. Cost is $5 for walk-in or $40 for a 9 session punch card. Instructor Bobbie LeCroy-Lansdown will help you incorporate cardiovascular moves, abdominal work, and free weights for a workout that is heart-pumping and sure to please.
Adventure Boot Camp
Women of all fitness levels, shapes, sizes and ages are gaining great results with Adventure Boot Camp! You can too! Are you looking for a jump-start to your fitness program? This Adventure is for you! Whether you are a beginner, an avid fitness enthusiast or just tired of the same routine, come try this whole new approach to exercise. Marco Island Adventure Boot Camp is a four-week outdoor fitness program that offers fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training designed to help you reach your fitness goals. To register, please call 776-2162 or visit us on the web at www.naplesadventurebootcamp.com.
Marco Island Road Runners
Interested in running with others around Marco? The Marco Island Road Runners Club is your answer. Meet every Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Mackle Park beginning Oct. 1, all running levels are welcomed! Meet new runners, register for local races together, and learn from each other on how to make your runs even better and more efficient. Call 642-0575 for more information.
NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition
Join the Parks and Recreation Department for the 7th Annual NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition. Participants will be divided into four age groups (8/9, 10/11, 12/13, 14/15). Girls and boys will compete separately. Winners in each division will advance to sectional competition. Competition day will be held on Monday, Septmeber 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Mackle Park soccer field. No charge to participate.
Movie in the Park Fall Series
Mackle Park’s Movie in the Park is now back up in full swing. Join us each month for an outdoor movie with hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, and neon necklaces for sale. Event is open to all and free of charge. All movies start 15mins after sunset.
Sept. 30: “Megamind”
Oct. 28: “Casper”
Nov. 18: “Tangled”
Dec. 16: “Home Alone”
The annual Halloween Spooktacular at Mackle Park! Saturday, Oct. 22 from 4-6 p.m. Music, Halloween games and crafts, concessions, costume contest for the scariest and most creative costumes, pumpkin patch sales, along with a special demonstration by our freestyle martial arts kids. Don’t miss out on all the fun and excitement. Free admission for all, call Mackle Park for more information, 239-642-0575.
Marco Island Farmers’ Market 2011/12
Every Wednesday during the months of November through April, local southwest Florida vendors will be selling home good items and crafts including: Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, salsa, sauces, fresh flowers, seafood, soaps, crafts and much more. Come out and visit some of our local farmers and artisans. Farmers’ Market will be held from November 2nd – April 25th from 7:30am – 1:30pm at Veteran’s Community Park. Call Mackle Park for more information, (239) 642-0575.
Veterans’ Memorial Dedication and VFW Ceremony
Meet us at Veterans’ Community Park for the dedication ceremony and opening of the new Veterans Memorial. Join in celebrating all of our military veterans and their service to our country. Special guest speakers, musical salute to Veterans, a 21 gun salute including a patriot fly by are all included for the days festivities. The Veterans’ Memorial Dedication will be held on Friday, November 11th at 11:00am at Veterans’ Community Park. For more information please call Mackle Park at (239) 642-0575.
Jolley Be Good 5K Run
Mark your calendars for this exciting new race on Marco Island to run on the new Jolley Bridge. Register now at www.gcrunner.org to participate. There will be a grand opening dedication ceremony following the race and a one mile fun walk around Veterans’ Community Park. Come join us to celebrate the opening of the new bridge! Proceeds to Island Parks and Recreation Foundation to benefit City of Marco Island recreation programs and special events with a portion of the proceeds to help benefit the Humane Society of Naples. The 5K run will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19th with the race starting at 7:30am, at Veterans’ Community Park. Pre-registration for the race is recommended. Please call Mackle Park at 239-642-0575 for further details.
CITY OF MARCO ISLAND
Parks and Recreation Department
Frank E. Mackle Community Park
1361 Andalusia Terr. Marco Island, FL 34145