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Plan your summer experience

Looking for fun, new ways to engage your children this summer? Parks and Recreation offers several programs to meet your children’s interests and keep them active, all while being easy on your pocketbook. With programming that includes classics such as kickball, arts and crafts and nature exploration, there’s something for everyone. For details and rates, check out the Bloomington Summer Experience catalog, set to be posted mid-February, at blm.mn/summerexperience

Looking for lifeguards

B​​​​​​​ush Lake Beach and the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center are looking for summer lifeguards. Applicants must be 16 years of age and able to pass the American Red Cross lifeguarding prerequisites: 

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

To apply, visit blm.mn/parkjobs or call 952-563-8877.

Born Again Jocks 

Want to enjoy playing sports again? Join the Born Again Jocks organization for men 55 and older. There are no annual dues, but there may be sports participation costs. For more information, visit bornagainjocks.com.

Have an egg-cellent Easter

Don’t miss the annual egg hunt for kids ages eight and younger, sponsored by the Bloomington Optimist Club and Parks and Recreation. Enjoy fun family activities, information booths, an Easter bunny and other entertainment. 

When: Saturday, April 21, activities begin at 10 a.m., egg hunt begins at 11 a.m.

Where: Normandale Lake Bandshell, 5901 West 84th Street. 

Youth leadership opportunities

Are you looking to gain leadership experience this summer? Parks and Recreation offers an array of positions for those 13 and older to work in youth programs and adaptive softball. To apply, visit blm.mn/parks-volunteer. The deadline to apply is March 31. Adaptive softball volunteers accepted until filled.

Rent a canoe rack 

Are you sick of hauling your canoe, kayak or paddleboard from your house to the lake every time you want to use it? Rent one of the City’s 96 canoe racks on the west side of Bush Lake. Cost is $85 for access May 1 – October 31. Registration starts February 5 online at blm.mn/rentals, or call 952-563-8877.

Want to grow your garden? The City can help

W​​​​​​​hether you prefer to plant asparagus, zucchini or anything in between, one of the City’s 178 community garden plots can provide the space you need for the season. Pick a plot at Smith Park, Harrison Park or Brookside Park. A plot measuring 10 by 15 feet costs $40 ($50 for nonresidents) for the season (May – October) with a maximum of three plots per renter. 

Fee assistance is available to qualifying Bloomington families. For more information, visit blm.mn/gardens or call 952-563-8877. Applicants must complete the fee assistance application process before a rental application can be submitted. It may take up to one week to process fee assistance applications. Return renter registration is open through February. Registration for new renters opens on February 21.