It will be fun days at McMinnville Civic Center with the employment of event coordinator Kyle Clyde.
“I’m happy to be here,” said Clyde. “I think this is going to be a great opportunity for me. I’m excited to dive right in and get to know the community. Everyone has been very nice so far.”
Clyde relocated from Salt Lake City, Utah. He studied parks and recreation and tourism at the University of Utah.
“My wife and I were looking for an opportunity to move to a smaller town because we both grew up in small towns. I came for the interview in the fall and the leaves were starting to change. I was very attracted to Warren County. It’s beautiful here. I really enjoy camping and things like that, and there are some nice state parks nearby. It seemed like a good fit for us.”
Up first for the newest city employee will be offering Holiday Fun Days for children age 6-17 during Warren County School’s Christmas break.
“I’m excited about holiday fun days,” he said. “I think that will be a great jumping point to get to know the community and figure out what’s desired out of the Parks and Recreation Department. If your child needs a program to keep them busy and to have a good time, we’ve got a whole slew of activities happening during the school break.”
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 19-22 and Dec. 27-29, there will be a wide variety of activities and games offered. In the gym, games will include dodgeball, capture the flag, archery, and kickball. Board games will include Telestrations, Tsuro, and Pictionary.
Also offered will be cards, arts and crafts, and charades.
Activities are free with paid admission to the Civic Center. Youth, age 6-18, is $3 per day. Parents will need to pack their children a lunch.
Once Warren County is securely into 2018, Clyde would like to begin offering classes featuring talented adults.
“What I want to do is to get people who have a secret talent or things they really enjoy doing into the Civic Center. We can provide them a space to share that talent with others by teaching classes. I’d like to find people out there who want to do that and they can make a little money on the side. We can offer a 75-25 split. We’ll help you advertise and provide you the space to offer your program. You keep 75 percent of what you bring in through registrations and the Civic Center gets 25 percent.”
Adults can think outside the Parks and Recreation box or stay nestled within it on what kind of class to offer.
“From small engine repair to arts and crafts, we would like to hear from you on maybe offering a class,” said Clyde. “If you can dream it, we want to hear from you on offering a class here.”
A calendar of Holiday Fun Days for children can be seen on McMinnville Civic Center’s website. For more information about offering a class, contact Clyde at 473-1212.