Nancy Baker is the new recreation supervisor for the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.

Nancy Baker is the new recreation supervisor for the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.

1. What made you apply for the position of recreation supervisor, and when did you start?
What caught my eye with this position was an opportunity to be able to work in Leavenworth, and be a part of a professional team, involved with exciting projects and events for the community. I began on April 25, and hit the ground sprinting, hiring seasonal staff and getting Wollman Aquatic Center operations up and running.

2. What are your duties as recreation supervisor?
I am responsible for comprehensive supervision of aquatics, special events and fitness operations, personnel and payroll. I presently have one full-time aquatic manager and 39 seasonal temporary staff under my supervision. I will lead and direct approximately 10 special events through the year, and manage about a dozen varied fitness class offerings.

3. What are you looking forward to about the job?
I am looking forward to the fascinating events and projects yet to come. I am excited about the Riverfront Community Center pool opening with some noticeable improvements that we are working on this summer. I am looking forward to meeting residents in the community through my work here, and being able to provide the services and programs that they want and need.

4. What interests you about the recreation field?
I have always been interested in my own good health and quality of life, and the field of recreation provides the opportunity for me to share that belief with others through recreation and leisure services, programming and events. It demonstrates the value of staying healthy by participation in lifetime activities, and establishes supportive social networks that we all need. I believe the importance in the work I do in the recreation field.

5. What are some of the recreation activities offered by the city that people may not know about?
Dad and Me Campout at Wollman Aquatic Center is June 22. Register at the Riverfront Community Center as space is limited in this popular event. We start at 8 p.m. and swim, play games, eat s’mores, and then camp out on the grass. We’ll even throw in breakfast the next morning.
Free Movie Night Under the Stars has been postponed to Saturday, June 29. Pre-movie activities begin at 5:30 p.m. at Ray Miller Park. There will be games for children, inflatable bouncers, music, food vendors and the movie, “Here Comes the Boom,” begins at about 9 p.m.
A few new classes will be on line for this fall session:
Constant Self Defense, taught by martial artist Phillip Fiorentino, will provide students with the means and confidence to defend themselves against bullies or an opponent in any situation. I am excited about this class, as it addresses the bullying issue that is very prevalent and concerning today. This class offering just began and is currently open for registration. The first class is free to try out.
Home School Open Swim will begin in the fall and offered on Tuesdays from 9 – 10 a.m. It will provide a physical activity time into a home school curricula, and an opportunity to socialize and recreate with other home school children in the community.
Adaptive Open Swim will also begin in the fall and offered on Thursday from 9 – 10 a.m. It will be especially set up for adaptive individuals to enjoy the water. Lifejackets and float belts will be available for use.