By JIM MAURER
There are a variety of outdoor activities in Findlay and Hancock County for residents who want to stay close to home, attend free or inexpensive events, and experience programs, hikes and entertainment during the summer months.
Findlay’s Recreation Department, Hancock Park District and Van Buren State Park all offer recreation, nature and sports programs and activities for families and individuals.
This story focuses on the city recreation department.
The women’s national softball team will be at Marathon Diamonds at The Cube for an exhibition doubleheader against college all-stars at 6 p.m. June 17. An autograph session will be held after the games. For additional information, contact Jim Welch at jwelch@laRicheChevrolet.com.
Tickets cost $10 per person and children 3 years old and under are free but must sit on a lap. Tickets are available at findlayfastpitch.org or via mail to Findlay Girls Fastpitch Softball Club, P.O. Box 604, Findlay 45839.
The YMCA will operate the municipal swimming pool at Riverside Park, which opened Saturday. New this year is a twin flume slide to be installed later this summer, a shelter within the pool area, and lounge chairs. The pool is open noon to 7 p.m. daily. Lap swimming only is available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Daily rates are $1.75 for youth and $3.50 for adults.
The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., also will host flea market/craft show, antique appraisal fair and demonstrations during July and August inside the air conditioned building. The events will be held July 19-20, July 25-26; Aug. 23-24, Aug. 30-31. If interested in renting a booth, or for more information, contact the recreation department. The events are being sponsored by the recreation department, The Courier and Hancock Historical Museum.
The Cube also will host a drive-in movie at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in the parking lot, which will open at 8:30 p.m. The event will feature a large movie screen, sound through an FM transmitter and concessions.
The ice will be available until July 8 with various summer skating opportunities. Public skating will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Cost is $5 for admission and $2 for skate rental.
Learn to skate programs will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. each Monday, June 16, 23, 30 and July 7. Cost is $20 per person. Summer drill, skills and challenge classes will be held from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Monday. Cost is $20 per person.
Adult skating will be held 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursdays June 5, 19, 26. Cost is $8 per session.
A mom and tot skate will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $3.
An adult only skating session is offered from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Cost is $5.
A drop-in hockey program, with helmets required, is held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $5.
The Monday through Friday programs will not be held June 16-28 because of summer camps.
The recreation department wants to have a mini skating summer camp. If interested, contact the recreation department.
Hockey camps will be held June 24-28. A youth hockey camp and a high school camp will be held. Cost is $250 each. For additional information, contact Mike Feasby at: email@example.com.
Youth baseball will host a Great Lakes Ultimate World Series July 11-15 at the Marathon Diamonds at the Cube.
Youth girls fastpitch softball will also be in action at the Marathon Diamonds. Events include: the annual Greg Miller Memorial Softball Tournament June 13-15; the 16 and under American Softball Association Softball Tournament, June, 27-29; the Flag City Firecracker Fastpitch Tournament, July 4-6; and American Softball Association 16 and under-18 and under Class A Eastern National Tournament, July 30-Aug. 3.
For more information about summer activities, contact the recreation department at 419-424-7176. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Information also is available on the city’s website, www.findlayohio.com, under the recreation tab.
Activities are available at Emory Adams Park, off Sixth Street. The Flag City BalloonFest will be held Aug. 8-10. The park also features the Fort Findlay Playground, a wooden structure at Sixth and Blanchard streets. There is a walking/jogging path, too.
Soccer camps will be held beginning July 6. “On the Ball” soccer camp will be held July 6 through Aug. 1. There will be five sections: residential, girls high school teams, boys high school teams, travel and Hancock. The dates for each camp depend on which camp is selected.
Another soccer camp will be held July 28 to Aug. 1. The “Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp,” featuring British coaches. For more information, or to register, visit http://www.challengersports.com.
Registration for Findlay Youth Football is $90 before June 15, or $15 additional after that date. Payment is due with the application and can be mailed to: Findlay Youth Football, P.O. Box 1320, Findlay 45839.
Skill evaluation and weigh-in will be held 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 18 at the youth football field at the Cube.
The University of Findlay 2014 Oiler Youth Football Camp will be held June 9-11 at Armstrong Athletic Complex, Trenton Avenue and North Blanchard Street. For more information, contact Steve Sigler, camp coordinator, at 419-434-5647, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition will be held July 19. For more information, contact John Fenton via email at email@example.com.
At Riverside Park, besides the swimming pool, there are five sand volleyball courts, three tennis courts, three playgrounds, a lighted softball diamond, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts and a paved trail for walking, running or bicycling.
Shelter house rentals at Riverside Park are available for reunions or parties. These can be reserved in advance by contacting the recreation department Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the recreation department.
The 63rd Riverside Summer Concert Series features concerts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 11 through Aug. 13 in the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell. The schedule is available at www.HancockParks.com.
Firestine Park, located along Brookside Drive and Sixth Street, has a nine-hole disc golf course. The course is for recreational users and not for competition tournaments.