Martha Balderrama - Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation
(323) 887-1200 x546
July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month
Summer Fun... Under the Sun!
“Creating Community Through People, Parks & Programs”
The Department of Parks and Recreation provides recreational services for various age groups, from the very young to our growing Senior Citizen community!
The Extended Child Care and Seasonal Camps continue to be vital programming, assisting the working parent with quality childcare services. Currently the department has four Extended Child Care Program sites located at Greenwood, Fremont, Washington and Potrero Heights Elementary Schools. The Extended Child Care Program accommodates youth attending the school sites mentioned, in grades K-4. The Day Camp program is offered for the winter, spring and summer break seasons and accommodates youth 5-10. All child care / camps provide supervision, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games and maintain safe and healthy environments. Playschool is offered to children 3-5 years of age. Participants have the opportunity to learn through exploration and play. The program provides a healthy, secure, creative and stimulating atmosphere.
With the Baby Boomers reaching their silver years, Senior Citizen programming is an integral facet to the Department’s dynamics. The Montebello Senior Citizen Center features a wide variety of programs and activities for adults 55 and over, including recreational, social services and daily nutrition services. Staff has been very successful in collaborating with outside agencies to provide mini health screenings, renter’s assistance, flu clinics and adult education. Some additional programming includes the senior driving course 55 and Alive, Estate Planning and Elder Law, Free Legal Aide, Income Tax Preparation, Senior Trips, Arts and Crafts, Dance Classes, Dances, Active Senior Clubs, Referral Services and a new addition, the Heart and Sole Program.
Adult Sports Leagues is one of the programs offered through the Department that generates revenue and targets adults 18 and over. The Adult Sports Programs encourage and foster a healthy lifestyle. The Department currently co-sponsors City Non-Profit Youth Sports Organizations that provide a wide gambit of sports for boys and girls of the community. The sports currently offered are football, cheer, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball. Field usage has become a concern to accommodate the demand for space and time. Department staff works with all the organizations to maintain equitable field schedules.
The department's Recreation Class Program encourages new skills for physical activity, multi-generational programming, interaction with instructors, and an overall positive recreational experience. The classes currently offered are Zumba Fitness (ZumbaconMary.com); Yoga (Beginners - Advanced); Taekwondo, Karate, Ballet Basics I & II; Salsa (Beginners & Intermediate Salsa, Merengue, Bachate & Cha-cha); and Tai-Chi. Senior Classes are also available through the Senior Citizen Center. The wide variety of classes offered give community members multiple options that are sure to peak their interest. The Summer Aquatics program is offered June through August and for participants ages 1 and up. Participants can learn to swim with skilled instructors and can progress through levels to reach the achievement of swimming. Additionally, recreational swim and lap swim are also offered.
Youth ages 7-17 can visit local parks to participate in the Afterschool Recreation Program. This program is free and participants have the opportunity to engage in indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, sports, special activities, seasonal trips and homework help. Teens and Pre-Teens ages 12 –17 can also join activities as they interact with youth their age in positive recreational experiences that include excursions from theme parks to beach bonfires and volunteer opportunities to build a strong community service record. Skate Nights are offered on various scheduled evenings throughout the year at the Montebello Skate Park. Participants engage in skate contests, entertainment, professional demos and free raffles. Contact our office for further details and information on dates and times...
USDA & State of California Department of Education's Nutrition Services Division "Summer Food Service Program" (SFSP) is available for Youth ages 1-18. As a Free Lunch Program, students who qualify receive a well-balanced nutritious meal throughout the summer or while they are on school break sessions.
The Summer Youth Employment Program (S.Y.E.P.) is a work experience the opportunity for youth ages 14-21. The employment experience enables the youth to develop positive skills. The youth programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department are making a positive difference in the quality of life for the community.
Parks and Recreation plans and coordinates special events in the Montebello community, festivities that display Montebello’s unique heritage and diverse cultures. The current events are the Veteran's Day Program, Memorial Day Program, Red Ribbon Week, Winter Wonderland, Summer Youth Employment Golf Tournament, Battle of the Bands and the very successful Summer Concerts in the Park Series!
Behind the scenes of the Department, the Park Maintenance Division tends to the parks and City facilities used by our residents. The number of park users has increased dramatically over the last several years and the need to upgrade, repair and enhance our outdoor recreational sites is an ongoing operation. Facility rentals are available for designated Department facilities for a fee.
The Department is dedicated to providing an extended variety of community and recreational services, leisure time activities and healthy programs residents of Montebello and many neighboring communities. The Department encourages individuals to discover the recreational opportunities currently offered.
Parks and Recreation is Creating Community though People, Parks and Programs by highlighting the City’s commitment to provide the community far and wide with innovative social, cultural, recreational and educational activities to promote and enhance the quality of life in Montebello.