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May 21

The Four Months Without an "R"

Posted on May 21, 2021 at 3:41 PM by Kyle Jost

For all the good things the 8 months with an “R” in their name bring us, the past eight months have been tougher than most years as COVID restrictions and fears have controlled many parts of our lives.  Which make the arrival of May, June, July and August that much sweeter in 2021.  With these months comes the warmer weather that make being outdoors so much more enjoyable.  The sounds of summer are music to my ears, and they’ve already started in small doses.  So far this month (May) we’ve seen youth sports return to the ball fields – Little League, Tribe Lacrosse and TRUFC Soccer.  Also, already this year boating and paddling on Donner Lake has returned in growing numbers, fishing on the Truckee River has increased, and many people have been caught sun-bathing on the riverbanks already.  Ponderosa Golf Course has opened, adult soccer and softball have just begun.    

And still, Summer isn’t in full swing yet.  While it’s close, I don’t think it can’t get her soon enough! I like to hike and run the snow-free trails, swim and paddle the area lakes.  I know this is a ski town, but summer is my favorite season with the later daylight hours and warmer nights.   

 At TDRPD we are primed to #MountainForward more than ever before.  The sounds of whistles and cheering and coaches weren’t around last year.  Adult sports weren’t around last year either.  Music in the Park was BADLY missed last year.  THIS year, West End Beach and the Donner Lake Piers open soon and will be full of people.  The Music in the Park summer concert series is expected to get underway in July bringing free music back to Wednesday nights.  Adult bocce, cornhole and soccer leagues begin soon as well.  Summer camps will bring memories to hundreds of children.   

If last summer and COVID taught us anything it’s that we need our recreation and leisure, we need to do it with friends, and we’re willing to get creative to make it happen. Last year, people tried new outdoor activities-  sales of outdoor sporting equipment skyrocketed, and campgrounds filled in record time.  This year we expect to see people doing both their old hobbies along with the new ones they learned last year.  And we at TDRPD say, “Good!  Get out there and have at it!”   Have a fun and safe summer!

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