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New facilities becoming habitat for new programs

Many of Richmond’s residents are beginning to enjoy new facilities the Park Board has constructed over the last year and it is starting to show.
After having a couple of months on the job to get acclimated, Richmond Recreation Director Haley Morrissey is starting to utilize some of the facilities.
The city’s new bark park, located at West Armour Park, will soon be home to dog obedience classes that will begin in May. Classes will be held in three sessions. Cost is $30 for all three sessions. Dog owners can bring their dogs to one session or all three, according to Morrissey.
The classes will be taught by Jacqui Becker from Rayville and a maximum of 10 dogs will be taken per session.
Morrissey said some dance lessons will also be part of upcoming recreation programs, however they are not the typical kind of dancing classes. Morrissey has enlisted Maya Zahira to teach belly-dancing classes at the city’s recreation center. To see more about belly-dancing visit mayazahira.com.
Morrissey said she also plans on holding a dodge ball tournament and bring back a British soccer camp that was held here last year and a horseshoe tournament.
“I think that having a tournament is a good way to see if people are interested, and see if we want to continue it,” Morrissey said.
Morrissey said another focus would be to create more programs for adults. An adult volleyball program will begin soon, and there will be open gym for basketball from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday nights beginning March 5. She said the gym is also open every weekday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless it is reserved.
For parents who need a night out, the recreation department will be holding a kid’s night in parent’s night out program that will have organized games or a movie.
For more information about any of the programs contact Morrissey at 816-776-5304.

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