Burlingame Parks & Recreation

Burlingame Parks & Recreation


We’re here at the Burlingame
Parks & Rec Center and it’s a Thursday morning, just
brimming with activity. Right now we’re at the
Advanced Watercolor class. And there’s a wide array of
activities and classes going on every day, anywhere from
5 to 15 classes through the swimming pool,
the baseball field, soccer fields, art classes,
yoga classes. We like to say that we offer
programs for kids of all ages here. So anything from preschool
classes–so we have preschool art classes,
preschool music, dance. We offer activities for
middle school kids in terms of afterschool sports. There are people who benefit
by just the events that we have,
the outreach that we have. We have senior activities. We just had a flu shot service,
where people could come in and get flu shots for $5, which
was a great deal, discounted. I think almost everyone in the
community benefits one way or another: rooms for rent for
parties and things like that, for meetings, we’ve had town
hall meetings here, we’ve had special events people who have
had their school dances here. This is where you bring the
young kids, there’s classes for them and you can make friends. And sure enough, we’ve been
coming for the last seven years; the older kids grew up the
younger kid has now come in. This is kind of, really, our
second home, because we actually do spend a lot of time
at the rec center. Before children are six, it’s
really important to get any kind of music–language, too,
but music is really important to get before a certain age. And at six, you can really
take it in and then soak it up. And even if you forget it, you
can come back to it later in life and you’ll be
able to pick it up. The classes are very
reasonably priced. It’s a great experience because
there are great people, you meet other people in the community
that you might not otherwise intersect with in your life. And the affordability is just
so great compared to some of the private programs, and even
compared to some of the community colleges. It’s convenient,
it’s accessible, and it’s very reasonable. You don’t see many towns that
are like this anymore, where it’s just–it’s old-fashioned,
it’s good, hometown feeling. The people rally around things
for the community, they come to our events, they’re supportive
of what we do here, and of the schools and everything in the community. And of course the houses
are beautiful, the weather is perfect. I mean, what more
could you ask for?

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