The Altus Recreation Advisory Committee or ARAC met this week to discuss some changes coming up for Altus in the next few months.
The beginning of city league football, girls’ basketball and cheerleading were among the topics covered. There have been flyers and postings around town this summer advertising city league sports. Sign-ups for football, cheerleading and basketball are continuing through August at City Hall with practices beginning at the end of the month.
There will be a flag football league for the three- to five-year-olds, and girls can sign up for basketball between the ages of six and 15. Games are slated to begin in the middle of September.
Sign-ups for cheerleading are open from age four through sixth-grade. The cutoff date to sign up is Aug. 19. Theresa Jameson, recreation supervisor, said she looks forward to a good year for cheerleading and encourages anyone who has the inclination to sign up for this program.
“I’m looking forward to working with the kids, parents and coaches this year,” said Freddy Perez, parks supervisor. “It’s always a lot of fun and we have a good turnout.”
With such a high interest in city league sports, it’s no wonder that the committee also turned to facilities as a topic of discussion.
The committee is currently planning on putting in new basketball courts at the facilities on Katy Drive to replace the current basketball courts that were installed 20 years ago.
“It’s about making sure our kids are safe while they’re having fun,” Perez said.
There have been bids offered, but the committee is currently taking them under advisement and will meet later on this month to discuss the decision.
The committee also covered a proposal made by Coach Joey Stengell to allow the use of Missile Park for Altus High School softball practices and games for the 2016-2017 season. The vote passed allowing the Altus Junior High School and Altus High School softball teams to use fields two and nine. In exchange, the schools have agreed to help out with light cleaning and park maintenance to give the students a place to practice and compete.
Members of the ARAC are excited about these upcoming events and projects. They encourage anyone interested to take a tour of the facilities on Katy Drive or watch a flag football or basketball game in support of the children of Altus. The next regularly scheduled ARAC meeting is Sept. 8. For more information, contact Jameson at 580-481-2266 or visit altusok.gov.
Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221.