Recreation & Parks News

Recreation and Parks - Jan. 14, 2019

The Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts will hold a 2019 season kickoff with games and arts from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 18, at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd. 

The 2019 games will be held April 5 through May 25. Entry forms will be available at the kickoff and thereafter at all city recreation centers, local YMCAs, the Gateway YWCA and the Senior Games office at 2301 N. Patterson Ave. Early bird registration closes Feb. 28 and the final registration deadline is March 31. 

The Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts, coordinated by Recreation & Parks, is a year-round wellness and education program for ages 50 and up that culminates every spring with athletic, art, craft and performance competitions that draw hundreds of participants.

The games offer 38 athletic and skill events, including traditional track and field events; team sports such as basketball and softball; recreational sports such as golf, bowling, pickleball and the newest sport, chair volleyball; and tests of skill such as football throwing. 

Competitions are organized by gender and age; some events allow mixed pairs. Gold, silver and bronze medalists for each event qualify for the North Carolina Senior Games, held in Raleigh during September.

For seniors not interested in sports or games, Silver Arts competitions are offered in 32 categories of heritage, visual, performing and literary arts, including painting, singing, woodworking, needlecrafts and photography. Silver Arts participants also compete for medals.

For more information call CityLink 311.

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