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ACPR hosting special needs pool party Aug. 4

Published 10:25am Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Alexander City Parks and Recreation is planning to host a pool party this Sunday, Aug. 4 from 4-6 p.m. at the city pool for children and adults with special needs.
The announcement comes off the heels of a pool party that Alexander City Parks and Recreation program supervisor Jennifer Baker termed as a success, and the plan is to keep the parties going.
“We had about 25 or 30 people here the first time,” Baker said. “Everyone enjoyed the first one, and our plan was to do at least one event a month.”
Baker said Alexander City Parks and Recreation wouldn’t limit its options to pool parties, adding that the warm reception of this event may open the door for future social gatherings for those with special needs.
“Basically, we were trying to test the waters and see what interest there is,” Baker said. “There are some children and adults that don’t get to do the things that others get to do.”
According to Baker, there is enough interest for Alexander City Parks and Recreation to expand its event scope.
Currently, Baker is in discussions for events in the fall.
Several ideas have come up, including karaoke, movie nights and a hayride.
“There are definitely things that we can do,” Baker said. “One thing you’ll find about these kids is that they aren’t shy. There are so many events that we can do at little to no cost outside of time. So yes, there will definitely be future events.”
Baker said the next event is expected to take place in either September or October, adding that there was a possibility that Alexander City Parks and Recreation could schedule events before that time.
As for the upcoming pool party, the event is of no cost to those who would like to attend, and Baker said the event is open to adults and children of all ages.
During the party, there will be pizza and homemade ice cream available.
While events are currently being discussed, Baker said that suggestions would always be welcomed.
“It’s just another way to reach out to the community,” Baker said. “If anyone has any ideas on things we can do, they can feel free to share them. We’re always looking for new ideas, and we’re always open.”
For more information, contact Alexander City Parks and Recreation at 256-329-6736.