Administrative Assistant/Recreation Specialist
519 Fourth Ave
Fx: (907) 224-2468
Our goal is to provide "Mountains of Recreation" to all residents and visitors to Seward, Alaska . We are a small department with big dreams, great staff, diverse programs and quality recreation. We offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor programs &/or activities for all ages, abilities and activity-levels.
Adult Basketball League team sign-up deadline: Fri, Sep 30. First game tip-off: Tue, Oct 4 @ Middle School Gym. Games are every Tue and Thu nights. Looking for officials and scorekeepers, contact 224-4011
BBQ Volleyball League
Attention Volleyball Players! BBQ Volleyball is back! Get a team together for excellent Fall recreation! BBQ league is designed to bring together friends, co-workers and neighbors to play volleyball without a referee but with plenty of fun! 16yrs and up. Call SPRD to form a team or to join a current team, see you on the court! Fall season begins 10/17 – 12/6 games start @ 5:30pm. Contact Melanie at 224-4011 email
Glacier Family Medicine Pumpkin Prowl at Forest Acres Park Sat, Oct 22
nd at 6:30pm, ages 9 and under. Search for mini pumpkins, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa. Free event, fun for the whole family!
Family Masquerade Ball
Sat, Oct 22 nd following the Pumpkin Prowl walk on over to the Seward Resort and do the Monster Mash, enjoy refreshments and win prizes! Costume contest will be announced at 8pm - $3 in costume; $4 no costume and $10 for families.
Sports & Rec (AVTEC) Gym The City of Seward concluded that logic dictates our departure from the AVTEC Student Services Center. The Seward Parks and Recreation Department (SPRD) has notified AVTEC administration, and AVTEC has acknowledged our plan to leave the facility by August 1, 2016. The City will be seeking new, different facilities to offer continued recreation, including the well-loved Urbach’s Youth Basketball, Adult Basketball League and many other programs.
The City of Seward's Sports and Recreation Coordinator, Robert Perea, will be relocated to the Teen Rec Room, above the Teen & Youth Center, at the corner of Third Avenue and Jefferson Street. Right now, Sports & Rec is focusing on youth and teen soccer and adult softball, as well as the finish line for the Alaska SeaLife Center's Rescue Run, to name a few current programs. Soon, Perea will turn his attention to fall sports, including archery and volleyball. We hope the two-dozen or more racquetball enthusiasts can successfully arrange court time through AVTEC.
Individuals and families with Annual Passes or Punch Cards are encouraged to contact Sports and Recreation to ensure we have your correct mailing address. The City will refund public punch cards and passes. Sports & Rec will no longer sell punch cards or annual passes. The remaining days of July will require cash or already-purchased punch cards.
The City has invited two private gyms &/or health clubs to market their programs and availability to the public, especially in timing with refund checks arriving. Marvin Tapsfield, owner of 5th Avenue Gym will work with individuals to leverage the refund check into additional hours at his gym and his new annex. The City has chatted briefly with Gail from the Apex Gym / Cross Fit Seward, too, about similar ideas or concepts. These deals are designed to benefit the public and private business. Both Gyms promised to provide brochures or marketing pieces to SPRD staff, so we can inform the public of other options.
The Parks & Recreation Department acknowledges the emotions associated with this difficult decision. We part AVTEC with our decades-long, healthy work relationships intact. Pieces to the puzzle around the decision are: a $50,000 budget cut to parks and recreation from 2015 to 2016, a 13% overall budget cut to the City in 2016, un-filled job vacancies and AVTEC's need to increase the City's monthly 'rent.'