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Focusing on the Nordic Re-Mastered

The Re-Mastered race is gaining momentum and organizers hope to see it continue to grow! Our own Parks & Recreation Director, Kurt Wolf, shown in the pictures below, has high hopes for the future of Nordic in McCall. Read the full story as covered by The Lewiston Tribune.  Read the full Story>

 

McCall looks to put Nordic race on the map
McCall looks to put Nordic race on the map Courtesy of Gary Ertter/Star News 

 

 

McCall Parks and Recreation Upcoming Events

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Concession Application Process in McCall Public Parks – Deadlines

Parks Concession Applications will be accepted until February 28

The purpose of permitting concession privileges in McCall City Parks is to provide the public with access to products and services while generating revenue to support ongoing park and recreation programs.  This process is governed by a set of guidelines for commercial activity and concessions sales within McCall City Parks; guidelines were adopted by McCall City Council on the 15 day of December, 2011.

  • December 01, 2016: The McCall Parks and Recreation Department advertises that it will be accepting proposals for Concessions in City Parks.
  • January 01 through February 28, 2017:  Applications will be received by the City of McCall Parks and Recreation Director.  All required documents must be submitted during this time in order for concession application to be considered.
  • Third Wednesday in March: Applications will be reviewed by staff and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for consideration during the committee’s regularly scheduled March meeting.
  • April: The McCall City Council will hear concession applications.

May:  All approved contracts for concession will be signed by the mayor of McCall following review of legal requirements

Exercise for Toddlers with McCall Parks & Recreation coming in 2017

tod.jpgMcCall Parks & Recreation has introduced a new toddler movement class called Tots & Tykes.  Starting in January 2017, we will meet weekly for 3 weeks to play, tumble, jump, roll, crawl, kick, throw, bounce, balance and much more.  Afterwards we will end the class with songs and a healthy snack.  Parent participation is required.  Class fees are $10 for residents, $12 for non-residents and there is a $2 discount for siblings. Scholarships are available.  For more information call Tara at 634-8968 or check out the class description online at www.mccallrec.com.
Exercise for my already super busy, active toddler?  Yes it is important your little one gets the recommended amount of exercise each and every day!  Doctors suggest at least 30 minutes of structured (adult-led) physical activity, 60 minutes of unstructured (free play) physical activity and not be inactive for more than 1 hour at a time, except when sleeping.

As any mother of active young ones can tell you, it can be exhausting to keep up; however, it is important to remember “kids who like to engage in active play while they are young are likely to stay active and be physically fit in the future”, writes Mary L. Gavin, MD pediatric weight management specialist for Nemours Hospital for Children.

What can kids do?  By age 2, toddlers should be able to walk and start to run.  They can also kick a ball and jump with both feet.  By age 3, little ones start to experiment with balance, throwing a ball overhand, catch a ball with stiff arms and perhaps pedal.  Appropriate level activities and toys will help toddlers improve and refine their motor skills.  Mommy-Daddy and me programs can introduce toddlers to tumbling, group play and be an introduction to social groups.  The most important thing is to provide lots of opportunities to be active in a safe environment.

Be sure to check out our other awesome recreation programs for youth and adults!

 

Now that’s a ribbon cutting!

Thanks to all who joined in the celebration and official opening of the Mountain Bike Skills Park on Friday. A great turn out that included Cool Kids on bikes, the McCall City Mayor Jackie Aymon, MDSD Superintendent of Schools, School Board Members, IDPR Operations Administrator Keith Hobbs and IDPR Board Member Gordon Hansen.

photo credit to Larry Hietala & Tara Woods

A special thanks went out to:

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation for Mtn. Bike Fund grant award

McCall Donnelly School Board

Wayne Ruemmele, Epikos Planning and Design

Joe Weede, Single Track Sessions

Ben Gau, McCall Dirt Works

City of McCall Parks Department and City Council

McCall Mountain Bike Skills Park Ribbon Cutting – September 23rd

IMG_0080The City of McCall is pleased to announce the celebration of the McCall Mountain Bike Skills Park located adjacent to the Harshman Skate Park on Idaho Street. The Ribbon Cutting, hosted by City of McCall, will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm on location. School Board, staff and students are encouraged to join in the official opening of this new park.

The Mountain Bike Skills Park is a great example of how partnerships can result in a wonderful public facility. The Skills Park concept has been around for some time, and the opportunity to develop the park in McCall came from the release of the grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.  The McCall Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee agreed that the development of a pump track that was easily accessible and close to town would be a great amenity for beginning riders.  Because of the willingness of the MDSD School Board to expand the use of district property for another public recreational facility, the City of McCall was able to move forward with a grant application to IDPR for funding.

The project was funded by a $11,994 Mountain Bike License Plate Fund grant from IDPR, along with City funding through materials and labor provided by the Parks Department.  Wayne Ruemmele of Epikos Design and Planning did the conceptual design, and donated time for project oversight.  Kurt Wolf, McCall Parks and Recreation worked closely with Jason Clay of MDSD in order to make sure the skills park was consistent with MDSD’s facilities.  Joe Weede of Single Track Sessions was the primary contractor. Excavation equipment was donated by Ben Gau of McCall Dirt Works.

  • City Staff has hauled and transported onto the site over 400 cubic yards of soil – an approximate value of $7,200
  • Far fewer trees needed to be removed than what was expected.
  • Opportunities for additional features may be available depending on remaining funding
  • Parks Staff is contemplating doing a small (mini) pump track in the City owned property behind the bleachers and adjacent to the Mtn. Bike Skills Park for young kids on strider bikes (ages 2-4)
  • Parks Department is working on setting up a maintenance plan with the McCall Youth Mtn. Biking Team, but the Parks Department will have the primary responsibility for the maintenance.

The total project cost was approximately $30,000 to include grant funding, donations, materials and labor.

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