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    Parks and Recreation Master Plan
    The City Parks and Recreation Master Plan (First Draft) is currently on the city Parks and Recreation web page at http://www.elpasotexas.gov/parks/master.asp. The master plan focuses on all areas of the parks and recreation department as a roadmap for the future and will go to city council in early September for their approval of the plan. Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department main office at 541-4331 for more information.

    Local photographer displays work at Lincoln Center Youth Art Gallery
    The Lincoln Center Youth Art Gallery at 4001 Durazno will have their next art exhibit that will feature the fantastic photography of Rudolfo Escobar. The exhibit will be on display from September 6th through September 29th. The gallery hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. The opening art reception for Mr. Escobar will be on Wednesday, September 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

    Gus and Goldie Learn to Swim Program
    The first session of the Gus and Goldie Learn to Swim Program for the fall will be on September 5th, with a meeting schedule of twice a week for four weeks. The classes will be on either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information and pricing for sessions, please call 541-4594.

    San Juan Senior Center offers activities for citizens of all ages!
    San Juan Senior Center located at 700 N. Glenwood will have a dance for seniors on September 9th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Galaxies. The cost for admission to the dance is $4.50 in advance or $5.00 at the door. The public is invited. The center also provides monthly aerobic classes on Mondays and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The cost for monthly classes is $5.00, and the instructor is Cuca Torres. For more information, call 779-2799.

    San Juan Recreation Center is also gearing up for their fall after school program. The program is free and will provide the opportunity for children in the area to enjoy fun-filled activities in a safe environment. The areas of fun will entail leisure socialization, table game activities, arts and crafts, homework tutoring time, along with scheduled field trips. The proposed times are 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The after school program is scheduled to start on September 11. For more information contact Ricardo Armendariz at 779-2799.

    Album Park
    Album Park, one of the more historic parks in the city of El Paso, also has one of the more unique features in the city in regards to relieving the area of pond water that accumulates after heavy rains. Many people see the sprinklers on during the day when it is raining and feel that the department has turned on the sprinklers. In actuality, the sprinklers are being used to recirculate the water from the ponding area in the park that is being pumped out with an underground process.

    The system, which allows for the water to be re-addressed through out the entire park, provides a safe answer to a re-occurring problem in the area.

    Parks & Rec offers help with picking-up after your pooch at the park
    The City Parks and Recreation Department has started installing doggy bag dispensers in various city parks located throughout the city. These dispensers will allow the park users taking their pets to the parks to have available doggy bags to pick up the waste and put in the proper receptacle in the parks.

    Over 60 parks have been highlighted for this the first phase of allowing pet owners instant access to the dispensers to keep the parks more sanitary and safe for the youth and their families.

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