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New Climbing Waivers Needed for the New Year

Starting January 1st, climbers at Zach Gordon Youth Center will need a 2024 waiver on file signed by a parent or guardian. Waivers can be printed here, or you can pick up a paper copy at the Youth Center. The climbing wall is free and open to youth through age 19.

Start Smart Baseball Registration Opens March 1

Registration for Start Smart Baseball and Softball (ages 3-4) opens Friday, March 1, at noon. The program costs $40 plus tax, which includes a Start Smart tee shirt. Register online under "Youth & Teen." There are 25 spots available; registration is first come, first served. All registrations received after the session is full will be placed on a waitlist. For more information, visit the program website.

The Start Smart program is for 3-4 year olds (participants must be 3 by the first session). Start Smart Baseball sessions are held 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. every Saturday, March 23 – April 27, at the Dimond Park Field House. Children work with an adult in their lives in a supportive environment to learn the basic skills of baseball: throwing catching, hitting, and agility. Adults are active participants in the program.

AGB Grand Reopening | March 9

Celebrate the completion of major renovations at Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool with us on March 9! The Grand Reopening will span two free swim sessions sponsored by Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club: 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. There is a maximum of 125 swimmers per session.

ZGYC Center Closed Monday February 19

The Zach Gordon Youth Center will be closed on Monday February 19 in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday. The Center will reopen at 11am on Tuesday February 20. Shéiyi X̱aat Hít Youth Shelter remains open 24/7.

Family Fun Night | March 8

AEYC-SEA and Parks & Recreation are continuing Family Fun Nights to the Dimond Park Field House through the spring. The next event is March 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. Although this event is designed for families with young children ages 0-6, older siblings are also welcome. Toys will be set out for play and no registration is required—just show up full of energy, sign in at the door, and have some fun!

Winter Clothing Donations Needed

The Zach Gordon Youth Center wants to ensure that all the kids and teens who visit have access to the gear they need to stay warm and dry. We are currently looking for:
  • New or gently used winter coats and pants (adult and youth sizes)
  • New or gently used winter boots (adult and youth sizes)
  • New warm socks and underwear
  • New base layers and long underwear
  • Warm hats and gloves
  • Hand warmers and reusable water bottles
If you have items to donate, please call ahead: 907-586-2635

Climbing Wall Volunteers Needed

The Zach Gordon Youth Center is searching for adult volunteers who can commit to 1.5 hours a week volunteering to belay kids on the climbing wall afterschool. Applicants must fill out a Park and Recreation Volunteer Application and pass a background check. Previous climbing/belay experience is preferred, but training will be provided. Call or stop by the Youth Center to pick up a volunteer application.

Preschool Open Gym Returns to Mount Jumbo Gym

Preschool Open Gym offers children ages 6 months to 6 years a place to run and play in a warm and dry environment during the colder months. Preschool Open Gym will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mt. Jumbo Gym (909 4th Street). The program will continue through April 26, 2024.

Preschool Open Gym sessions cost $5 per child, with no charge for parents/guardians or infants under 6 months. Turf for Tots passes and Parks & Rec Winter Passes are also accepted, though please note that the Winter Pass must be assigned to the child. 10-visit passes and monthly Preschool Open Gym passes are available for purchase online under the Mt. Jumbo Gym tab and may also be used at the Field House for Turf for Tots.

Spring Break Camp Registration is Open

Spring Break Camp 2024- Registration begins February 1st at 9am

  • Explore Juneau Parks and Recreation opportunities! Spend time at the pool, the rink, the field house and on many more outdoor adventures!
  • Date: March 18 – March 22
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Place: Start and end each day at the Zach Gordon Youth Center
  • Who: Open to youth ages 8 to 11
  • Fee: $150.00, scholarships are available

For scholarship information, contact Amanda Lovejoy: [email protected]

For all other camp inquiries, contact Mike Williams: 907-796-5811 or [email protected]