Out of doors actions coming again in time for summer time

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There is a lot to do now that you haven’t been training for a year trying to find spring activities for you and your family.

Even if you’re still dealing with COVID-19 without a vaccine, but curious what activities are allowed, with security adjustments, Santa Clarita has a number of options for the whole family.

Sports for adults and teenagers

Last year the return to spring sports was short-lived, but this year Santa Clarita Valley officials announced plans to resume youth and adult sports after months of being kept indoors.

And the response from the returning athletes, young and old, was overwhelming.

“People in the community are just willing to come back outside from the social and competitive side, and it’s the love of sports and the outdoors,” said Lance O’Keefe, manager of recreational and community services for the community City.

With just one example of what he means, within five days of registering for the city’s adult softball leagues, which began in late March, 120 adult teams had already signed up, and with 10-12 players per team, more than 1,000 people who are dedicated to gaming.

In a normal spring season, around 160 teams will register. Given ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and social distancing, O’Keefe said it was exciting to see the spring numbers.

“People are only interested in getting out and doing something because they have the opportunity to interact with others, socialize, and run a friendly competition that hasn’t been there for a year,” said O’Keefe. “The activities in Central Park and in every inch of every other park are full in the evening, both with people doing something organized and something of their own.”

In addition to adult softball, the city offers families youth volleyball, tee ball, and baseball on the coaching field, with city staff acting as coaches for the leagues. Adults also have access to virtual pickleball, disk golf and the ultimate frisbee.

In addition, the water facilities in Santa Clarita have announced that they will be reintroducing the competitive stroke class for children 17 and under to learn various competitive swimming exercises.

We have a waiting list that we’re going to make and we’re going to get people off the waiting list asap, ”said O’Keefe. “And I’m looking for all the ways to add to our program that is being offered on the sports page because people are trying to get back into those activities that have the interest and demand.”

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Arts and entertainment

Spring allows people to experience sunlight later in the day. This gives families and individuals more time to experience activities that they normally wouldn’t have time to do in winter, but also activities that they weren’t allowed to participate in last year.

“I’m really glad it’s summer time now and it’s easier for longer. So you know you go for a walk in the evening, after dinner, or a hike, or on the bike paths,” said Evan Thomason, a business development associate with the city Santa Clarita. “We’re moving to spring (now), but there have definitely been some people out there (already).”

Magic Mountain is coming to SCV this spring and is probably the most exciting proposition this year’s second season has to offer. It will reopen its gates to reach park visitors, Thomason said.

“I think it took a long time and (Magic Mountain) has good systems,” said Thomason. “It looks like it will be really nice to have that again.”

Thomason also suggested that fewer restrictions allow restaurants to serve more people, accommodate them on their terraces, and / or give them an open air experience. Picnics are also possible, and wine tastings are available at Reyes Winery, Agua Dulce Winery and the various cellars in Old Town Newhall.

Lake Castaic and the city’s 20,000-plus acres of open space will make outdoor adventure possible, Thomason said, and for information about them, as well as dozens of other options that should be on itineraries for families / visitors, visit https: // Visitsantaclarita .com /.

“Go out,” said Thomason, “and enjoy nature.”

Gardening

Tim Wheeler, a horticultural consultant with water from the Santa Clarita Valley, said whether you want to make your home aesthetically pleasing or create a garden that can feed you is no time like spring to cultivate your own plot of land.

“It’s the perfect time to do one spring top dressing, then people probably won’t have to worry about doing another small one until late fall or early fall,” said Wheeler. “And that benefits your vegetables, it benefits your flowering plants, it basically benefits everything, because at the moment we are at the beginning of the growing season.”

The pandemic allowed people to reconsider their interest in certain unexplored hobbies or return to those they had previously lost in their busy lives.

Wheeler said there is now a chance to make your horticultural dreams come true and even have the chance to walk into a nursery and buy seeds and / or mature plants.

Wheeler suggested finding a knowledgeable place to start, when not consulting the experts at local kindergartens or SCV water garden classes to purchase prestigious educational materials such as the Sunset Western Garden book.

For more information on gardening courses or free resources offered to local residents related to gardening and landscaping, please visit https://yourscvwater.com.

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