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    The Great Neck Park District is offering camps for kids, classes for adults and more

    Allenwood Park, Spring 2021. (From the Great Neck Park District Photo Gallery)

    The Great Neck Park District has released the Spring and Summer 2022 catalog of events and programs offered to residents. With various athletic fields, a tennis court, an aquatic center, and multiple parks, the park district has activities available for all residents of all ages.
    Over the past two years, the park district had to cut back on some of its programs and events due to the pandemic and renovations. But social distancing and supply shortages didn’t stop the park district. The administration worked hard to provide safe and fun gatherings and events for residents.
    “We tried to offer as much as we could to get people out and involved with others,” said Michele Siegel, the Great Neck Park District Publicist. “In 2020, the park district offered free virtual classes the whole spring so our residents could feel happy, healthy and comfortable. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, we offered free outdoor movies every week in a different park.”

    Outdoor Zumba in Steppingstone Park. September 2020. (From the Great Neck Park District Photo Gallery)

    The summer camps Great Neck Park District offers are popular amongst residents. The camps were held in 2020 and 2021, but attendance wasn’t as high as usual. The parks district offers multiple summer camps for kids to sign up for. The main camp, Camp Parkwood, provides a bit of everything, and children can be signed up by the week or the whole summer. Other camps offered are a tennis camp, swim camp, sailing school and a multi-sport camp.
    “In 2020, we had camp at Allenwood Park, which is a smaller park,” said Siegel. “In 2021, the camp was back at our Steppingstone Park where the programs usually begin. I think there were more kids last year, and this year we are hoping for a lot more than 2021.”
    This year the Great Neck House is back open after being closed for a year of renovations. Over the pandemic, they paused the renovations to the Great Neck House. This year, the Great Neck House is back open.
    “The movies at Great Neck House on Sundays at 2 are back this year,” said Siegel. “We have movies every weekend through the end of June.”
    Every year the district hosts the children’s camps and programs, adult classes and movies at Great Neck House for their residents to enjoy. This year the park district decided to bring back their farmer’s market, which they haven’t done since 2012.
    “The farmer’s market will be at Steppingstone Park,” said Siegel. “This is a whole different experience than our farmers market from 2012. It was always something our residents wanted, so our administration worked hard to put it together.”
    The details haven’t been solidified yet for the farmers market, but the park district is expecting to get it going in early June. Different vendors will be coming in to set up booths of their products for residents to browse and purchase.
    Events and programs are open for residents and park pass holders. Non-residents can attend select programs for a fee. To obtain a park pass, residents must show proof they live in the park district. For more details and event schedules, visit gnparks.org.
    “The Great Neck Park District always tries to do our best to get people involved and happy to do healthy things in the safest way possible,” said Seigel. “We hope our residents take advantage of everything we offer now.”

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