We are serving the residential/commercial communities within the Almanor Basin. We serve a population of about 4500. We produce and/or sponsor community Programs and Events, as well as capital projects, with an emphasis on recreation, parks and trails. Programs include the organizing and operation of
The Truman Collins Sports Complex Youth and Adult Sports Chester After-School Program for Education and Recreation (CASPER) Youth Summer Camps The Trails Committee
Details of our programs are presented below. Additionally, there are descriptions of Standing Committees that are open to volunteers for support of our Events and for participation in our Programs. Please join our Board of Directors Meetings on the first Monday of each month (6 PM) to discuss a new program or event that you wish to lead, or to volunteer for existing ones with which you wish to help.
Youth/Adult Programs Welcome to the exciting line up of summer activities for youth and adults alike. Unless specifically noted, all classes will take place in the Almanor Recreation and Park District Office, 102 Meadowbrook Loop, the street directly behind the Main Street business, the Antlers Motel. Administration at the office is generally open from 9 am to 2 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and other hours are based on volunteer availability. Or call (530) 258-2562. Telephone calls and emails are returned at the soonest opportunity.
If a class location is listed as being in the Chester Park, the Chester Museum or other location, it is the responsibility of the parent or participant to provide transportation to the listed location.
**Almanor Recreation and Park District does not provide transportation to program locations away from the Almanor Recreation Center **
The Almanor Recreation and Park District conducts both Spring and Fall Youth Soccer Leagues. Fall league coordinator for 2017 will be Colleen Garrett. Spring league coordinator in 2017 will be Eric O'Kelley.
Chester After School Program for Education and Recreation (CASPER).
CASPER is provided by the Almanor Recreation and Park District (ARPD) at their building at 102 Meadowbrook Loop in Chester, CA. Hours are Monday through Friday from 2:45 to 5:15 PM for elementary school children. The program is fee based (see rates below) and is conducted by trained teacher aides with years of experience in child care and classroom management. Extras included in our program are a healthy after school snack and school bus transportation to ARPD if the child is enrolled at Chester Elementary.
Our Program The program surrounds children with supplemental learning and homework completion time mixed with recreation through exercise, learning and outdoor exposure. CASPER is a local-operating, self supporting after school recreation program, which provides supervised activities for children in grades K-6. The program is conveniently located at the 1st school bus stop from Chester Elementary. It also sits adjacent to the Truman Collins Sports Complex and the Collins Pine Trail as well as very close to Chester Park.
Our Teachers ARPD is proud to have two exceptional teacher aides to cover class days for CASPER. Kim Knudsen and Natalie Petersen share the various organizing, teaching, and healthy eating elements of the program.
Kim Knudsen (left) has an AA degree in Early Childhood Development from the College of the Siskiyous. She has 13 years experience working with children and families and presently aides at Chester Elementary in Spec. Ed.
Natalie Petersen (right) has an AA in Psychology from Santa Rosa CC and over 2 years as a Spec. Ed. Aide at Chester Elementary.
Our Philosophy Fun activities play a big role in how your child will develop critical skills while at CASPER. It may just feel like playing to your child, but what’s really happening is learning that will last a lifetime! The activities in our curriculum focus on six developmental domains: Character Development Community Creative Expression Cooperation Inquiry-Based Learning Literacy
Our FeesFees are charged on a Daily Rate basis (as of the 2016/2017 school year) for two types of days: Regular @$10 per day per child and Extended @ $15 per day per child. Daily payments are requested. Extended Days occur when our area Elementary Schools have Minimum Days.
Rates are subject to change. Participation is subject filling out a registration form, agreement with CASPER rules, terms and conditions, and the ability of participants to be cooperative and not disruptive.
Standing Committees (Community opportunities for volunteer action and financial contributions). Fourth of July Chester Classic 5K Fun Run.....Director Shane Bergmann chairs this committee with the assistance and experience of his wife Dolores, who is a distance runner. The revenues received from this annual event provide approximately 70 percent of the district's operating capital for one year. Last year the solid marketing and change to the race course drew a record-breaking 625 runners to the Lake Almanor Basin. Areas in which residents and the business community can assist this outstanding event to grow to its envisioned potential are: event sponsorship, volunteer assistance with pre-registration and help on event day, encouraging friends and family to participate and emailing friends to visit both the Chester Fun Run website and Almanor Recreation and Park District's website and Facebook page. Zombie Color Run ...This is a new annual event that is designed to be a shoulder season fundraiser for the district and the business community. Director Shane Bergmann, who chairs the Chester Classic 5k Fun Run, will be helping with the logistics. Volunteer Coordinator Mary Austin is working to recruit the "Zombie Force" as well as sponsors for the event. The awesome fun of a Zombie Color Run is that the event provides the opportunity for participants to enjoy a healthy outdoor activity, in a beautiful setting, while actively trying to avoid being "painted" by a Zombie! Trails Committee.....This committee is coordinated by Carlos Espana. The mission of the committee is to work with federal, private and commercial landowners to link a system of informal trails around the Lake Almanor Basin that will provide healthy, outdoor recreational opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The vision is to establish a recreation corridor that flows from the Chester Park to the National Forest and from the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail, around the lake and east to the Bizz Johnson Trail in Lassen County. SEE OUR NEW Trails Committee tab.
Stover Snow Park .....Director David Slusher is working collaboratively with the Almanor Ranger District and Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall to improve winter recreation in the Almanor Basin. His goal is to re-introduce Stover Mountain to the community and its guests. He is working to gain permits that will allow ARPD to host winter sledding and in the future, a variety of Winter Fest type activities.
Almanor Recreation and Park District 102 Meadowbrook Loop Chester, CA 96020 Mailing: P.O. Box 325 Phn: (530) 258-2562 Fax: (530) 258-4157 firstname.lastname@example.org