FARMINGTON — Recreational activities for all ages at the local Community Center are revving up, with many starting after Tuesday’s election.

The town uses space at the Community Center for voting, but Farmington Recreation will launch into a full schedule of activities after Tuesday, Recreation Director Steve Shible said.

A schedule listed in the lobby of the Community Center provides a glimpse of what will be available.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 7,  use of the facilities for the after-school program Ultimate Afternoon will begin again and run through April, the heart of the academic year, Shible said.

Middle- and high-school-age students can use the center until 4:45 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children in grades two through six are welcome on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A period of active play in the gym to burn off energy after sitting in school all day will begin the Ultimate Afternoon program, he said. Then, participants can stay there or venture downstairs to find air hockey, ping pong, table and board games, a computer lab with Internet access, video dance, exercise and games.

“It’s not structured,” Shible said. “There’s plenty of structure in school. They need some freedom.”

The program is supervised by department staff and college students. There is no charge to participate.

An opportunity for adults will begin in November after the election and take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday nights. A Walmart grant has provided funds for pickle ball equipment. A new net structure easily adapts a badminton net into the higher net used for pickle ball, Shible said. There’s also shuffleboard, ladderball, table and board games, cribbage, all for a small charge of $2 a night.

The department offers adult volleyball from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, and on Thursdays an adult basketball open night will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., he said.

An established adult volleyball league uses the space on Sundays.

As the weather cools, people will come in from 9 to 10 a.m. to walk, at no charge, Shible said. The gym is open Monday through Friday at that time.

Some adults and college students come in to play cribbage and board games from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, he said. Cribbage players continue with the games there after the local warming centers close in March.

An intramural basketball program for high school students uses the gym on Thursdays.

There are also opportunities for other groups to use the space. A preschool play group has used the gym from 10 to 11 a.m. College interns are sought to run the group next semester, he said.

More than a dozen privately taught students, ages 7 to 11, use the gym on Fridays for their physical education. An indoor soccer league uses the gym on Saturdays.

Some developmentally disabled adults and their caretakers spend time at the center and Gold Leaf has held classes there, he said.

The center has spent about $1,200 upgrading computers and sports equipment this year. Some of the funding was given by an anonymous donor and some came from a Walmart grant.

For more information about any of these programs, call Farmington Recreation at 778-3464 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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