Friday, June 15, 2012
Synchronized swimming is a sport for girls who love to do it all—dance, swimming and gymnastic moves.
Friday, June 15, 2012
(The following guest column comes from the Minnesota Synchronettes.) Swim season is here and Minnesota pools are filling with kids of all ages working on their strokes or learning how to swim. Mention “swim team” and you hear plenty of tales, comments and advice on swim team life. However, a few girls in the western suburbs experience a totally different kind of swimming than the usual race down the length of a pool—it’s called synchronized swimming. Do you have one of those girls who loves dance, loves swimming, loves gymnastic moves? Synchro ‘does it all!’ With synchronized swimming you don’t have to choose just one! A synchronized swimmer will tell you that they consider theirs the most difficult sport in the world because it is a …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Shady Oak Beach Community Play Area will be open this year from May 1–Oct. 31. Shady Oak Beach will be open from June 8–Aug. 26.
The Shady Oak Beach Community Play Area will be open this year from May 1–Oct. 31, with the exception of two one-week periods: May 29–June 7 and August 27–September 3. These two one-week closings of the play area are necessary to open and close the season for the Shady Oak Beach swimming area. Shady Oak Beach will be open from June 8–Aug. 26. The new community play area, installed in 2011, offers multiple play areas for ages 1 through 12. The cities of Hopkins and Minnetonka received a $187,500 Hennepin Youth Sports Program grant to develop this new play area. Funding for the grant came from tax dollars collected for the new Minnesota Twins stadium and designated for youth sports/recreational enrichment. A reminder: During the times when …
Friday, June 17, 2011
This is the fifth in a series of articles about places to swim in Minnetonka.
Editor's Note: We're doing a preview of the best swimming holes in Minnetonka, marking the first week of summer vacation. The Ridgedale YMCA features an indoor pool with six lanes, a whirlpool, a diving board, a youth swim team and a swim academy. "I think [the Ridgedale YMCA] has a great family feel," said Shannon Kinstler, Aquatic Product Mgr. with the YMCA. "At a lot of YMCA's we service everybody, but we have a lot of things for adults and for families." One of the nice features about the Ridgedale Y, according to Kinstler, is the swim team that's available to children. "Our swim team is for kids of all ages and abilities," she said. "All you have to be able to do is swim a length of the pool, and we work with all the kids. It can be …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
This is the second part of a series of articles about places to swim in Minnetonka.
Editor's Note: We're doing a preview of the best swimming holes in Minnetonka, marking the first week of summer vacation. With its year-long renovation complete, the Williston Fitness Center is ready to welcome people of all ages this summer who are looking to swim. The center added a zero-depth splash pad, enlarged hot tub and a brand new 25-yard lap pool. "The Williston Center pools are kept at a warmer temperature than most other pools," said Kelly O'Dea, the manager of the Williston Fitness Center. "The temperatures in the lap pool and zero-depth splash pad range from 86-88 degrees and is perfect for children!" And if the new pools weren't enough, the renovation also included updated locker rooms and four new family changing areas. …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Renovations allowed the community center to expand its swimming programs.
Residents have more swimming opportunities at Eisenhower Community Center because of renovations that allowed the center to expand its programs and bring in more people. "The locker rooms and a few other areas needed an overhaul. It was a beautiful renovation, and it's fun to see these programs start," said Deb Ukura, youth program coordinator. During winter break, the pool will have open swim for third through sixth graders from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 through Dec. 29. Lifeguards are on duty. From Jan. 8 through March 19, the community center will host Saturday family swim from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The family swim allows parents to bring their children for a fun afternoon of jumping in, doggie paddling and floating. With open lanes and both …