Rec and Roll

Rec and Roll

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Harkin, Sue
You don't have to leave town to have a great outdoor experience. Why not explore your city park system and participate in some of the City of Bozeman’s Recreation Department activities? Here's what's coming up.

Spring Chickens
The city’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 22, at 1 pm sharp for kids 0-12 years old. We’ve added an area for 11- and 12-year-olds so the older kids can hunt for lots of eggs and have a chance to find the gold or silver egg.

T-ball begins the first of May and youth ages four to eight may sign up at the “new” Recreation Department office located in Beall Park at 415 N. Bozeman Ave. By the way, it is not too early to begin planning for your summer family activities. The Recreation Department Summer Brochure will be available March 23; check the Chronicle or go to

The Big Reveal: The Beall Park Recreation Center
In 1920, Beall Park became the city’s first public park after private citizens worked together to secure the land from Mrs. Rosa M. Beall. In 1927, Ella T. Martin erected and donated the craftsman-style stone building that became the first Recreation Center. After 81 years, the center, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been tastefully remodeled. The building, according to City Commission Resolution 81.1927, will “be used for the purpose for which it is built, namely a Community Center, where young and old of Gallatin Valley may gather and enjoy themselves and indulge in wholesome recreation.”

In addition to housing the Recreation Department offices, the facility is available for the general public to rent for parties, weddings, meetings, reunions, and other special events. For additional information call the Recreation Department 282-2290.

Bozeman Swim Center
Many of you know that the Bozeman Swim Center located at 1211 W. Main is a public, 50-meter swimming facility that is open seven days a week with lap swimming, recreation swimming, water-fitness classes for adults and swimming lessons for all ages. But how many of you know the Swim Center sets aside two slots per week for kayakers to practice their skills and Eskimo rolls? Come on out Wednesday at 8 pm or Sunday at 6 pm and meet fellow kayakers. For additional Swim Center information call 587-4724.

Sue Harkin is the city’s recreation superintendent.
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