Beginner skating lessons
Clayton Parks and Recreation now offers ice skating lessons through Polar Ice House in Garner (103 New Rand Road), all with no skating experience necessary. The classes offered are:
Snowplow Sam 1(Beginner Skating, ages 3-5) Whether a future hockey player or figure skater, this is where our tots learn the basics of skating through fun and games in 30-minute classes for eight weeks and unlimited public skate pass included. The fee is $97 for Clayton residents, $112 for others. An evening class will be held on Mondays at 5:45 p.m. beginning May 11. An 11:15 a.m. class begins on Saturday, May 9. A $15 annual USFS membership fee will be collected at the rink at the first session.
Basic 1 (Beginner Skating, ages 6 and up) A beginner class for slightly older skaters. Participants will learn forward and backward skating, stops, swizzles and more in these 30-minute weekly classes that run for eight weeks. An unlimited public skate pass included. The fee is $97 for Clayton residents, $112 for others. An evening class will be held on Mondays at 5:45 p.m. beginning May 11. An 11:15 a.m. class begins on Saturday, May 9. A $15 annual USFS membership fee will be collected at the rink at the first session.
Adult/Teen 1 (Beginner Skating, ages 13 and up) This beginner class is geared towards teens and adults who have decided to start skating. The class is designed to move at the pace of the new skaters, allowing them to learn at their own pace. The class will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Saturdays, beginning May 9. The fee is $97 for Clayton residents, $112 for others. A $15 annual USFS membership fee will be collected at the rink at the first session.
2015 Clayton Road Race
The Clayton 5K Road Race will be held Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. Register by May 5 for just $20 or $30 thereafter. Race day registration is from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. The tot trot fee for ages 6 and under is $5. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in six age groups. Ribbons go to all of the participants in the 0.1-mile tot trot. Registration forms are available online, the Clayton Community Center, Town hall and the Hocutt-Ellington Library. The race begins and ends at Town Hall.
Summer Playground Program
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Playground Program runs from June 15 until Aug. 14 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays. Registration is now open. The fee is $60-110 per week plus a $25 registration fee. There is a 10 percent discount for multiple siblings. The Summer Playground Program features daily activities including indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, gardening, and many more activities. Campers will need to bring lunch, two snacks and drinks. Our Summer Camp is mainly outdoors, weather permitting.
Tennis for ages 10-and-under
Quick Start Tennis is specifically designed for children under 10 to learn the basics of tennis such as hand-eye coordination, footwork and racquet control. A six-week run of lessons on Tuesdays will be held at Clayton Community Park. Ages 5-7 train from 6 until 6:45 p.m.; ages 8-10 from 7 until 7:45 p.m. The new session starts May 12. The fee is $40-55.
Beginner tennis lessons
No experience required beginner tennis lessons will be offered at Clayton Community Park for ages 11 and up beginning April 28. Ages 11-15 train from 6:30 until 7:25 p.m. and ages 15 and up play from 7 until 7:45 p.m. for a four-week session. The fee is $30-45.
Intermediate tennis lessons
Those with some tennis playing experience can take intermediate tennis lessons (ages 14 and up) at Clayton Community Park on Thursdays, beginning April 30 for a four-week run. The cost is $35-50.
Girls Volleyball Camp
A Volleyball Camp for girls ages 9-14 will be held at the Clayton Community Center gym from 9 a.m. until noon from June 16-19. Basic skills and other fundamental basic game principals of volleyball will be the focus. The camp fee is $45 for residents and $90 for non-residents.
Weekly Baseball Camps
Two half-day instructional baseball camps will focus on the fundamentals of the game with college coaches from William Peace University at the East Clayton Community Park in July. The camps will help participants enhance their skills, while going through drills and game situations. A camp for ages 7-10 will be held July 20-24 and a camp for ages 11-14 is July 27-31. Camp runs from 9 a.m. until noon each day. The camp fee is $100 for residents $130 for others.
Two-day Keys to Hitting Baseball Camp
Two-day three-hour baseball hitting clinics are planned for April 27-28 (for ages 11-14) and April 29-30 (for ages 7-10) at East Clayton Community Park. The clinic will help participants work on the basics of the swing and mechanics of swing movement. The instructor will be Chris Duty, head coach at William Peace University. Camp runs from 6:30 until 8 p.m. each night. The cost is $45 for residents, $60 for others. For more info: Call the Parks Dept. at 919-553-1551 or visit townofclaytonnc.org
Two-Day Keys to Fielding Baseball Camp
Two-day three-hour baseball hitting clinics are planned for April 20-21 (for ages 11-14) and April 22-23 (for ages 7-10) at East Clayton Community Park. The clinic will help participants work on all aspects of fielding your position. The instructor will be Chris Duty, head coach at William Peace University. Camp runs from 6:30 until 8 p.m. each night. The cost is $45 for residents, $60 for others.
Tennis Camps planned for summer
Two tennis camps with the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will be held July 27-31 (a Quickstart camp for ages 7-10) and Aug. 3-7 (a camp for ages 11-16) at Clayton Community Park. The camps run from 9 a.m. until noon daily and if a rain day is needed, it will be held on Saturday of that week. The fee is $60 for residents, $75 for others.
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of exercise classes, including Zumba, yoga, pilates, cardio kick and more for all ages. For information on the offerings, times and costs visit townofclaytonnc.org online.
Clayton Community Center Memberships
Memberships for use of the Clayton Community Center are available through the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department for residents of the Town of Clayton and non-residents. Non-residents rates vary from $50-160 yearly (depending on ages/numbers of family members), $8-20 monthly or $6-10 monthly. Residents fees are only $5 per year.
Tae Kwon Do
This Tae Kwon Do program for ages 7 and up focuses on self-confidence, discipline and physical fitness. The instructor, Joey Reeder, is an International Tae Kwon Do Federation certified black belt. Regulation uniforms are not mandatory. Testing to advance in belt rank is done for an additional fee. Classes start on the first Tuesday of each month and run from 6-8 p.m. Fees are $25-40.
Beginner tennis classes will be held at Clayton Community Park this month for ages 11 and up. Lessons for ages 11-15 will be from 6:30 until 7:25 p.m. on Tuesdays; lessons for ages 16 and up are from 7:30 until 8:25 p.m. The cost is $30-45.
Intermediate tennis lessons will also be offered at Clayton Community Park this month for ages 16 and older. Classes are on Thursday nights from 6:30 until 8 p.m. and cost $35-55.
The Clayton Parks Dept. is always looking for volunteers. Opportunities include park beautification, special events and work in our community garden.
If you are interested or know a group that is looking for community service opportunities, call 919-553-1550 or come by the Clayton Community Center (715 Amelia Church Road).
Info: 919-553-1551 or townofclayton.org