April 06, 2021

    Update to 2021 Recreation Activities,

    Special Events and Tournaments,

    Facility and Playfield Rentals in Burlington

    BURLINGTON, WA—April 6, 2021   The City of Burlington announces the return of recreation programs and the return of additional activities in its city parks and playfields.
    Registration for Burlington recreation programs opens May 5, 2021, for programs starting June 2021. “Recreation staff looks forward to presenting programs adapted to current Washington state guidelines,” says Interim Recreation Director Sarah Ward. “Some of Burlington’s beloved programs will not happen this year, while others will be added in or modified for participation.”
    Recreation offerings will include, but are not limited to:
    • Challenger Soccer Camps and Skyhawks Sports Camps
    • Tree Climbing Camps and Nature Immersion Camps
    • Burlington-Edison Youth Soccer fall program
    • Thursday Walking program
    • City Scavenger Hunts
    • Bike Rodeo Event
    • Outdoor Book Club
    • Virtual Classes
    Register starting May 5 – online at http://burlingtonwa.gov/recreationcatalog or by phone 360-755-9649. Programs are open to participants beyond the Burlington area.
    All-Comers Track Meets, KidQuest Camps, and Burlington Summer Nights concerts will not be offered in 2021. Berry Dairy Days (June 2021) and the Pumpkin Pitch (Sept 25, 2021), Burlington’s annual celebrations, will look different for 2021 but remain similar in spirit. Recommendations and guidelines from federal and state agencies inform these modifications.
    The city’s recreation division returned to work March 2021 after a year-long closure. The office remains closed to in-person visits, with staff available to respond to calls and emails.
    The city’s priority is protecting the health and safety of its visitors. Always follow public health guidelines when visiting Burlington city parks and facilities.
    Playfield & FACILITY RENTALS
    • Ballfields & playfields. Athletic field rentals are now available to organized use. This includes Skagit River Park’s eight baseball diamonds now open for league-play reservation applications, along with the park’s 80 acres of playfield space.
    • League sports have resumed, including baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse.
      • Catch a game at Skagit River Park or Rotary Park, weekends and some week nights.
    Impacts of the crisis result in the continued temporary changes to the city’s Parks & Recreation services: 
    • Reservations for special events and for tournaments remain tenuous. Organizers of events scheduled for July 2021 or later are encouraged to contact Burlington Parks & Recreation to discuss options.
    • Picnic shelter rental reservations are not currently available.
    • Indoor facility rentals are not currently available. This includes rentals of the Burlington Community/Senior Center, the Maiben House, and the Parks & Recreation Center.
    Rotary Park (821 South Section Street)
    • Volleyball. The sand volleyball courts are now open. Volleyball nets were installed for the season last month.
    • Skate Park. The skate park is open with lights now on until 9 pm.
    Skagit River Park (main entrance: 1100 South Skagit Street)
    • Horseshoes. The horseshoe pits are now open. 1720 East Whitmarsh Road
      • The Skagit Valley Horseshoe Club is back to their weekly practices, every Tuesday 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
      • The club welcomes and encourages newcomers to join their Tuesday practices.
    • The Whitmarsh Disc Golf 18-basket course is open dawn to dusk. 1800 East Whitmarsh Road.
    • R/C Track club racing organized through NORA resumes racing in April 2021. R/C off-road track is open for public use. 1740 East Whitmarsh Road.
    Maiben Park (1011 Greenleaf Avenue)
    • Tennis courts and basketball courts are open.
    Boat Launch (851 South Gardner Road)
    • Roger ‘Gus’ Tjeerdsma Boat Launch is open (unless river flood levels mandate closure).
    Park restrooms remain open to public use, approximately 7 am to 9 pm. Picnic shelters and play structures are open for use at your own risk.
    Impacts of the crisis result in the continued temporary changes to the city’s Parks & Recreation services: 
    • Bring your own water – drinking fountains remain off until further notice
    • The spray park at Maiben Park will not be operational this summer. 1011 Greenleaf Avenue.

    “Burlington recreation staff is excited for the return of recreation programming to Burlington. We are working hard to adapt our programming to best serve the health and safety of all community members,” says Recreation Coordinator Christi Kinney. Parks maintenance staff has continued their work mostly uninterrupted since last March.
    Incorporated in 1902, built at the crossing of two major railways and a booming timber industry, today’s Burlington booms with more than 800 businesses — including 100 places to shop and 90 places to eat —  along with 12 city parks and five hotels to form a city center that attracts 45,000 to 60,000 visitors daily.
    Burlington’s 80-acre Skagit River Park offers one of the largest grass field complexes in Washington state, and, in non-COVID-years, hosts up to 45 tournaments and eight leagues each year. For the last seventeen years, the city has hosted the only festival of its kind on the west coast, the annual Burlington Pumpkin Pitch & Harvest Festival. https://burlingtonwa.gov
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    Sarah Ward, Interim Recreation Director
    sarahw@burlingtonwa.gov, 360-755-9649