Parma City School District is once again offering free winter walking and swimming in high schools

PARMA, Ohio – For people whose New Year’s resolutions include getting more exercise, Parma city schools have a plan for you.

The neighborhood has recently restarted its community walking and swimming program, which runs until May. The first takes place in the three district high schools; the latter is only this year at the lycée in Parma.

“We started this program in 2020 and had to put it on hold due to COVID,” Parma city school superintendent Charles Smialek said. “We are really excited to reopen our doors for recreational purposes.

“Our facilities are community assets. We want all of our residents to see value in what we offer, whether or not they have children in our schools. “

Community walking evenings take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Normandy, Parma and Valley Forge high schools. Children 12 and under must be supervised by an adult. Strollers are welcome.

Participants in the Community Walking Program must enter through designated areas – the main entrance to Normandy High School, the back Parma High School bus loop near the student parking lot, and the Valley Forge High School entrance near the parking lot auditorium .

Residents should wear the provided cords when walking around the building and disconnect when done. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The walking program will not take place on days when school is not in session, including breaks and inclement weather.

As for community swimming, this year the free event only takes place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at Parma High School. You must be a resident of Parma, Parma Heights or Seven Hills. Proof of residency is required, while children must be accompanied by an adult.

Parma Parks and Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi said the swim program is a partnership with the school district where the city shares the costs of lifeguards.

“I give immense credit to the administration of schools in Parma for allowing our residents to use the school facilities, especially during the time of the year when exercise possibilities are more limited,” said Vittardi .

Karl Schneider, Executive Director of Operations and Human Resources of Parma City Schools, added: “We try to get the word out as best we can. We’re pretty happy with the footfall we’ve had, but we’d love to see it grow. “

For more information on either program, call 440-885-8338.

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