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Happy Holidays from everyone at Clark Park!

COVID-19 Halts Winter Ice Rink Programming

 

Many of you are already aware that the 2020-2021 Clark Park winter season has been canceled. Regretfully, ice will not be installed at Clark Park this winter. 

This was not an easy choice to make. However, after much deliberation and consultation with the City, the Health Department, and the volunteer coaches, along with the challenge of dealing with the unpredictability of the ongoing uptick of thee COVID-19 virus, the board and staff made the decision for the center's programming to remain closed until further notice. 

The driving factor in our thinking was the health and safety of the staff, the community, and those participants and individuals who utilize the ice rink. 

Although the rink remains close, we invite you to take time to enjoy a brisk walk through the park. And, when the snow falls, please bring your sled to slide down the hill near the stage. You can even put on your-cross-country skis and glide through the crisp winter air. 

The vaccine is on its way! In the meantime, enjoy your winter at Clark Park and please stay safe. 

New Clark Park Board Chair is Product of Park's Nurturing
 

                          

 

"I am sad that I could not see familiar faces and watch the youth grow this 2020-2021 season," said Beto Gallegos, a former Operations Manager at Hydro Chemps when he described his reaction to the closing of Clark Park Coalition due to COVID-19.

  The Coalition's newly elected board chair says he grew up in Clark Park! His dad got him involved in baseball in 1998 when he was only four years old. When he got too old for the team, he began coaching and mentoring the kids. He shared how much he enjoys seeing a new group of them each season and helping them develop their skills. "I enjoy being a mentor. I love when a new generation of kids become mentors themselves. They don't even realize how much of a difference they make in the life of the community," he said.                                   
                                                                           
Beto feels it is his responsibility to help keep the community safe. While things are constantly closing, Clark Park needs to cling to any type of normalcy available. "The meat and potatoes of Clark Park have been halted. This was a tough decision for the board to make, however, we feel it was for the best," he said. "It is important for the Park to find ways to move in a virtual direction whether that be providing online mentoring sessions, virtual arts and crafts sessions, or online exercise sessions." 

One day Beto hopes that he can pass the torch. Ever since he was young he had big dreams and aspirations. He would love to have a family and stay in southwest Detroit while helping to grow the community. "I recently accepted a position at Quicken Loans, and I am honored to be Clark Park's board chair as we move through these challenging times," he said. 



















The pandemic is greatly affecting Clark Park and the thousands of people who rely on us for youth programming, after-school tutoring, and a handful of other programs we're unable to provide. 

Although we have been in lockdown since March, these past months we were fortunate to partner with a number of organizations to provide  COVID-19- safe activities. 

  • We partnered with the Pistons Foundation to provide safe outdoor recreational activities for our youth this summer.

  • On August 30, two Detroit Symphony Orchestra members presented music by Edvard Grieg, George Bizet and Claude Debussy at a socially distanced outdoor concert on the Clark Park stage. Nearly 100 people attended.

  • In early October, Clark Park was chosen as an early voting site. Following COVID-19 safety protocols, voters were able to register, vote, or drop off their ballots. We were one of the City’s top early voting locations.

We continue to maintain the park and plan for the reopening of the center. We know there are brighter days ahead and we welcome the opportunity to be together once again. 

On behalf of the Clark Park staff, board, volunteers, and the youth, we wish you a safe holiday and a Happy New Year. 
 

 

 

Movies to watch this holiday season 

                                            
‘Tis the season, and this year many of us will be homebound, away from loved ones and family, because of the pandemic. Therefore, we are recommending a few of our favorite holiday movies for your enjoyment during this holiday season. Enjoy!

 


Kate’s pick –

    Love Actually - Follows the lives of eight different couples in dealing
    with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.                     


 

Love Actually Trailer

Anahi’s pick –

 
    Home Alone 2 Lost in New York - This movie is funny, but it is also
    heartwarming when the main character is reunited with his family.

Home Alone 2 Trailer

Anika’s pick -
 


   Elf- Buddy the Elf was faced with many challenges, but he never gave
   up nor did he ever complain. 
 

Elf Trailer
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