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BACK TO SCHOOL & FALL GUIDE 2019 Getting physical in the fall

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:30 am

With the weather soon set to be turning cooler, there still are plenty of opportunities for Queens residents of all ages to stay active in programs being offered by the City Parks Foundation.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the foundation’s mission is to transform city parks into dynamic centers of activity through sports, arts, recreation and education.

Registration and other information on all programs is available online at cityparksfundation.org.

According to the CPF’s website, the organization is launching a pilot program to help youth ages 7 to 17 learn golf and life skills in cooperation with First Tee of Metropolitan NY at the Junior Annex Golf Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The free program runs between Sept. 14 and Oct. 27 and aims to use golf and golf instruction as tools to help children build character and make smart life choices.

There are separate programs for new and returning players who are 7 and 8 years old; and new and returning players who are 9 and older.

Senior fitness programs for fall 2019 run from Sept. 16 to Oct. 25. The free offerings are open to those 60 and over, and include tennis lessons and yoga. They take place twice a week and all equipment is provided. Yoga instruction will take place in Queens at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the tennis courts at Union Turnpike and 193rd Street; and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Roy Wilkins Park Recreation Center in St. Albans.

Tennis lessons will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the tennis courts in Astoria Park at 21st Street and Hoyt Avenue; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the tennis courts at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows; Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Flushing Meadows Corona Park at the Meridian Road tennis courts; and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. at Roy Wilkins Park at the tennis courts at Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street.

Registration and other information is available at sports@cityparksfoundation.org or by calling (718) 760-6999.

The track and field program for children ages 8 to 14 takes place weekends between Sept. 21 and Oct. 26. It is free but open only to children who are city residents.

The Queens program will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays at Forest Park Victory Field in Woodhaven near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. Equipment is provided but participants do need appropriate footwear such as sneakers or running shoes.

Children will receive instruction in sprinting and long-distance running techniques; field events from the javelin throw to the long jump; and get tips for hurdling and race walking.

Registration information is available on the CPF website at cityparksfundationorg.

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