recreation and arena – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:30:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 recreation and arena – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Rochester’s Collaborative Open Gym Program Triples in Second Year https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/18/email-johnjgpr-net-rochesters-collaborative-open-gym-program-triples-in-second-year/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/18/email-johnjgpr-net-rochesters-collaborative-open-gym-program-triples-in-second-year/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 14:54:25 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=207 ROCHESTER -- City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that participation in the city’s Collaborative Open Gym program has tripled in its second year.

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ROCHESTER — City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that participation in the city’s Collaborative Open Gym program has tripled in its second year.

Participants from the Bud Carlson Academy and Community Partners meet once a week for the Collaborative Open Gym program. (Courtesy Photo)

The program works as a partnership between Rochester Recreation and Arena, the Bud Carlson Academy and Community Partners — the area agency for developmental disabilities and the community mental health center for behavioral health services for all of Strafford County.

From September through May, adult clients at Community Partners meet every Wednesday for an hour at the Rochester Community Gymnasium, a facility space provided by the Rochester Recreation Department, to play games and participate in social activities.

“Rochester Recreation and Arena is lucky to be able to support such programs in our facility,” said Lauren Krans, Assistant Director of Rochester Recreation and Arena. “We love seeing these community connections being made.”

The gym session is run by Jason Bushway, a teacher from the Bud Carlson Academy. He works to ensure that all activities are modified to meet the abilities of everyone involved, as the goal of the program is to have 100 percent participation, regardless of one’s physical or developmental abilities. Popular activities include dodge ball, Wiffle ball and basketball.

“Our students come to school every Wednesday excited to see their friends from Community Partners,” Bushway said. “Watching our students in a mentor and leadership role has been a true testament to our mission at the Bud Carlson Academy. We’re always reminding our students of our guiding skills, one of which is being a responsible and involved citizen. Collaborative Open Gym has really helped students demonstrate this.”

Now in its second year, the program grew from 10 participants to 30. Program activities are led by Rochester students from the Bud Carlson Academy and participants include adult clients of Community Partners from Rochester and surrounding communities.

“We’re happy that through our recreation department, we’re able to provide a space for adults at Community Partners and the Bud Carlson Academy to come and participate in athletic activities with friends and community members,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I imagine that as we go into our third year, participation will continue to increase.”

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Rochester Department of Recreation & Arena Supervisor Receives Professional Certification https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/01/12/rochester-department-of-recreation-arena-supervisor-receives-professional-certification/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/01/12/rochester-department-of-recreation-arena-supervisor-receives-professional-certification/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:41:17 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=9 ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Director of Recreation & Arena Chris Bowlen is pleased to announce that Recreation Supervisor Art Jacobs has earned his license as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board and the National Recreation and Park Association.

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ROCHESTER, N.H. — Director of Recreation & Arena Chris Bowlen is pleased to announce that Recreation Supervisor Art Jacobs has earned his license as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board and the National Recreation and Park Association.

Art Jacobs earned his license as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional by the National Certification Board. (Courtesy Photo)

CPRP certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services who meet the eligibility requirements, including a combination of higher education and/or work experience. Additionally, applicants must complete the national CPRP examination, which tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for parks and recreation.

As a CPRP, Jacobs meets high standards of expertise established in the field of park and recreation professionals. CPRP certifications are valid for two years, and professionals who wish to re-apply are required to complete professional continuing education unit requirements or equivalent academic course work.

“Art has been involved in the recreation community in Rochester for over 30 years. Known by many as ‘Coach Jacobs,’ he has been a part of so many families and lives within Rochester that he is known by thousands of people, young and old,” Bowlen said. “His dedication to the community is remarkable, and his recent accomplishment of becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional is a testament to his drive to better himself to serve the constituents of Rochester.”

Over the years, Jacobs has created numerous programs that have become an integral part of the community. The Rochester Recreation’s Youth Basketball League, Summer Camp, a Co-Ed Basketball League for those 30 years old and over, and Rochester Teen Night are some of the most popular offerings overseen by Jacobs.

In addition to these programs, Jacobs has brought together a steady group of active senior citizens through a variety of free classes that include cardio, strength fitness, yoga, art and dance lessons.

Jacobs is committed to providing programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and foster meaningful community connections. He credits his successes to surrounding himself with a talented and dedicated program staff.

Rochester Recreation & Arena is committed to providing programs, services and facilities that promote a healthy lifestyle and foster meaningful community connections. For more information on the programs mentioned here, please visit www.RochesterRec.com

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