Summer fun in Englewood

 SUN FILE PHOTO    Youth fishing is just one of the many activities that Sarasota and Charlotte counties’ parks and recreation departments will be sponsoring this summer. Trinity Angelo, 10, took part in the Big Surf XV Youth Fishing Tournament in May at Englewood Beach. The event was put on by the Tringali Recreation Center.

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Youth fishing is just one of the many activities that Sarasota and Charlotte counties’ parks and recreation departments will be sponsoring this summer. Trinity Angelo, 10, took part in the Big Surf XV Youth Fishing Tournament in May at Englewood Beach. The event was put on by the Tringali Recreation Center.

ENGLEWOOD — The snowbirds are away and the kids are at play. It must mean one thing — summer’s here.

There will be plenty of activities available for all ages in Englewood — in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties — over the summer.

Tringali Recreational Center, 460 N. Access Road, is starting its Summer Nights at Tringali Dance. One was held Saturday, and another will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 13.

“Things slowed with renovations but when they finished them, things picked up again,” said Chris Holley, recreational specialist at Tringali. “This is our first dance in a few years.”

Holley said the center will plan accordingly, based on feedback, when school starts again.

Another facility that benefited from renovations was Manasota Beach on Manasota Key Road, which will play host to the Second Annual Manasota Beach Youth Fishing Tournament Sept. 28. Wendy Aldridge, program coordinator at Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, organizes the tournament.

“We had 101 register at the tournament at Nokomis Beach on May 18,” Aldridge said. “We had 50 kids when we started doing the September tournament in Englewood at Blind Pass Beach last year.”

Aldridge said she hopes to get more involved this year.

“It’ll be the same premise as last time,” she said. “We’ll be providing the equipment and we’ll be purchasing the bait.”

Summer fun is not only for kids, but adults also can take advantage of Lemon Bay Park’s Friday Fitness Walks from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 and Oct. 11, where volunteers will lead a 2.5-mile walk along a firebreak trail at a 20-minute-mile pace. The walk is not for novices, but for those at a moderate fitness level.

“The fitness walk is not directed toward families,” said Kenya Leonard, park naturalist at Lemon Bay Park. “The firebreaks are not part of the regular trail system. The program focuses on fitness in a natural setting. We’ll also have the option for a group walk for those who do not want to walk alone.”

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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