Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It's SUMMER - the most wonderful time of the year for recreation professionals! We just love seeing everyone out and about in our community and enjoying our events and summer activities - plus the opening of our Salt City Splash Aquatic Center for the 2012 season!

In case you haven't had time to iron out your summer details, you still have time to register for our many youth leisure arts classes, youth Dillon Nature Center classes and Adventure Camp, swim lessons, and more!

We have plenty of family-friendly special events coming up, too, including a special Hutch Rec Night at the Hutchinson Monarchs baseball game on July 1st and the Firecracker 5K Run/Walk on July 7.

This weekend we have two FREE youth events: the annual Fishing Day at Dillon Nature Center (Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m.), and the youth Hershey Track & Field Meet at Don Michael Fields (Sunday, June 3 at 1 p.m.). Registration is required so call DNC at 663-7411 and Hutch Rec at (620) 663-6179 to register.

Enjoy your summer...get out and about...and remember that Life is Great, Recreate!

Monday, March 12, 2012

How Did We Ever Survive?

As you may have heard, our Downtown Office fell victim to a dumpster fire this weekend. It happened early Sunday morning in our neighbors dumpster. We don't have all of the details yet, but fire officials say there have been other instances of dumpster fires occurring across town. So sad, so selfish, and so frustrating.

We're not letting it get us down, though! While our Downtown Office (AKA - Keller Leisure Arts Center) is closed this week and not holding any of its scheduled activities or events, we're plugging away by setting up temporary offices at our other two sites. Our wonderful customers may register for our spring and summer activities in person at Dillon Nature Center (3002 E. 30th Ave.), Elmdale Community Center (400 E. Ave. E), online at www.hutchrec.com, or by phone at (620) 663-6170/(620) 663-7411.

We're back to our "old school" days of no e-mail, either, which brings us to the question: How did we ever survive without it? Thank goodness for Web sites, social media, and our gmail address that will get us through until our server gets up and running again.

Thanks to our wonderful customers and the Hutch community for your patience. Stay tuned - more details to come!

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Little Bit o' Love

Happy Heart Month!

We LOVE our customers. Sappy, sure. But the customers are why we're here! We joke with other recreation professionals across the state that we work hard so that others can play. Truth is, though, a lot of us can admit that it sure doesn't feel like work when you LOVE your job, the people you work with, and the people you serve!

So Hutch Rec customers...THANKS for being so LOVEly.

That said, we have some LOVEly things going on right now. Our Run for the Rocks half-marathon (that we partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hutchinson) has a Sweetheart Special going on right now. For only $45, you can register for our 2nd annual half-marathon in Hutchinson! Simply go to www.runfortherocks.com to register.

Our popular Salty Dog & Salty Pup Triathlons will kick off its 11th year when registration opens in less than a month. This year we're offering our wonderful competitors a LOVEly treat - chip timing! This will allow our competitors almost instantaneous results (not to mention it eases the headaches of our former timing guru, who happened to create - yes create! - his own version of a timing system using an Excel spreadsheet!). Registration opens up on March 1st at www.hutchrec.com.

The LOVEly ladies and cooks at the Elmdale 50-Plus Center will be hosting its annual Pancake Feed this coming Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8-11 a.m. Rayma and Charlotte are excellent cooks and make some tasty pancakes! Stop by and for just $4 you can eat all-you-can-eat flap jacks plus sausage, juice, and coffee. What a tasty way to spend a Saturday morning!

There are lots of other LOVEly activities and events going on in the coming weeks at Hutch Rec. Check out our complete schedule of activities and descriptions in our Winter Activity Guide, available at www.hutchrec.com.

Celebrate this season of LOVE at Hutch Rec, where we believe that Life is Great...Recreate!

- Amy

Monday, January 9, 2012

Two Days Left for our $40 Special!

Yep, you read that right. We're offering a New Year's special. Register NOW for the 2012 Run for the Rocks for only $40! You only have until Jan. 10th to register for this amazing price. (well, more like 1 day and 14 hours left...but who's counting?). Tell your friends and fam of this great deal and get registered today. More details (and the registration info) are available at www.runfortherocks.com. Happy Running!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Wow - it's been a while! Sorry for the lack of blogging. Maternity leave will do that to a marketing director! :) First off...Happy New Year! Our Hutch Rec family hopes you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday and are refreshed and raring to go these first few days of 2012. So often people think winter is the "down time" for us recreation folks. That's SO not true! While we're swamped in the summer (we LOVE our summers and the people it brings to our doors!), we also gear up for the winter with several activities and events. They're not just indoors, either! Take, for instance, our programs out at Dillon Nature Center. Jim, Mary, Steve and company continue holding great educational programs for area students, along with Scout classes, preschool classes, and even family classes. Our sports department is busy with basketball - we have a record 500+ kiddos in our youth basketball program! - but they also are busy with volleyball leagues and are gearing up for Snowball Softball tournaments (they're offering a Men's Tournament on Feb. 11 and a Co-Ed tournament in early March). Tina has a great line-up of winter activities at Keller Leisure Arts Center. Winter is a great time to settle into a new hobby or re-learn an old skill. We've got fused glass, jewelry, woodcarving, stained glass, painting, and more. Plus, our preschool programs resume starting the week of Jan. 11. And let's not forget about the "most wonderful time" for our Wellness Center! Elmdale is buzzing these days with people wanting to amp up their fitness routine and make 2012 the year for health (or to maintain their health). We encourage you to check out Hutch's most economical fitness facility at 400 E. Ave. E. There are no joiner's fees or contracts and one-month memberships start as low as $16/month! Most people don't realize that we feature everything that other gyms have to offer - a cardio room complete with treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes; a weight room; ongoing fitness classes; racquetball courts; and locker room services. For our 50-Plusers, there are continuous activities (most of which are FREE!) going on each week at the Elmdale 50-Plus Center. Homemade lunches are served every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon and are just $3.50 for a delicious meal. Check out a complete list of activities in the Center's monthly newsletter, available online or at Elmdale. And how can we forget Special Populations basketball? It gears up at the end of this month! It's always a treat to see our athletes in action. So don't let winter time prohibit you from getting out and about. At Hutch Rec, we believe that Life is Great...Recreate - and that's all year long! Here's to a wonderful 2012 - one filled with physical, emotional, and social health! - Amy

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hutch's First-Ever Half Marathon!

In just 12 short days, Hutch Rec will be a part of history in the making! Hutch Rec is teaming up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hutchinson to host Hutch's first-ever half marathon - the Salt City Run for the Rocks on Sept. 25. Proceeds from our event benefit youth scholarships at Hutch Rec and the services the Boys and Girls Clubs provide. Think about the thousands of youth we benefit each year! We'd like to thank our generous sponsors, planning committtee, volunteers, staffs from both organizations, and our participants! Without your support, we wouldn't be able to pull off an event of this magnitude. To date we have about 250 runners/walkers with hopes of having 350 compete! If you're interested in competing or volunteering, feel free to check out www.runfortherocks.com. There you'll find ALL of the information you need - plus more! You can always reach me at aconkling@hutchrec.com if you have questions, too. I'd love to take on more volunteers!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Decade of the Dog

Well, it came...we conquered...and it went.

Last weekend the Hutch Rec crew put on our biggest special event of the year, the Salty Dog and Salty Pup Triathlons. And once again, it was a GREAT event! Each year we spend several hours going over the million little details it takes to put on a quality event. And each year (after the sleep deprivation and tired feet wear off), we look back and are thrilled that we could help so many people in the Hutchinson community and beyond with their goals to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

A HUGE thanks goes out to our staff, volunteers, and sponsors who donate time, products, and money to our event. And a HUGE thanks goes out to our competitors who came out to conquer the Dog and the Pup. Because of these people, we're able to raise funds for youth scholarships to Hutchinson Recreation Commission.

Hard to believe a decade has passed since we started our small-scale triathlon. Here's to another 10 years!