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Manteca Rec may add organized dodge ball play

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POSTED January 22, 2009 1:22 a.m.

When it comes to planning the programs that residents turn to in their spare time, Parks and Recreation Coordinator Toni Lundgren is all ears.

Wednesday night, Lundgren welcomed more than a dozen people to an informational meeting in the Golden West gymnasium to determine which adult programs people would like to see added to the list of current offerings.

From volleyball to ping pong, the ideas rolled in – helping Lundgren with the task of providing what people really want to be a part of.

“I get phone calls from people all year long telling me what it is they want to see offered,” Lundgren said. “Some of the programs we’ve already considered adding, and others are building up interest.”

With the indoor winter season currently underway – featuring programs like basketball that appeal to a wide range of participants – many of the submissions were for indoor activities ranging from ping pong to dodge ball.

Volleyball – which is currently offered as an activity only during open gym time – will likely be one of the suggestions that will definitely be added, Lundgren said, and others will provide a foundation for determining what people really want to be involved with.

Those offering insight Wednesday will likely receive information about their requests within the next month as organizers look for ways to possibly incorporate new offerings into the departments arsenal – outlined in detail in the activity guide recently distributed to residents.

“We’ve had a good response from the activity guide so far,” Lundgren said. “But there are some things that we keep hearing on a regular basis that people want to see – with ping pong, dodge ball, and badminton being some of the recurring suggestions.”

On top of generating enough interest to field a class or a league, organizers like Lundgren must also track down people qualified and interested in running the designated programs.

While sports like basketball have long drawn a steady following in the adult ranks of the department’s annual offerings, others – like flag football and volleyball – have had periodic support and might generate more interest as the idea of their availability circulates.

Capitalizing on the success of some of the youth programs – like the upcoming one-day dodge ball tournament that has drawn significant interest from students – has also provided a backdrop for what new concepts are successful.

“Anybody that has any ideas is welcome to call me at the Parks and Recreation department,” Lundgren said. “The more information we have, the more we’re going to be able to do.”

The Manteca Parks and Recreation Department is located at 252 Magnolia Ave. directly behind City Hall.

For more information, call 239-8470, or visit the department’s website at www.ci.manteca.ca.us/parks. The current activity is available on-line for instant download.

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