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Members of the Maryville Parks and Recreation board study their packets during the May 2 regular meeting. The board heard about changes to the walking hours at the Carl & Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse for members and the expansion of a partnership with Ability KC.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — The walking hours at the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse will be different for the summer.

Begun on May 6, the summertime hours of operation are from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The Fieldhouse is closed to the public Friday through Sunday.

Maryville Community Center members had been able to use the track from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays during the university’s school year, but because of lighter staffing and use during the summer, the facility’s hours are shrinking until fall. Walkers will still need to be community center members to access the track.

The Parks and Recreation board meeting last week, Maryville Community Center director Justin Miller said that Northwest decided on the 8-10 window based on when the most visitors usually used the track.

Hours will return to normal in the fall.

Ability KC

Community Center Maintenance Manager Steve Griffith told the parks board that the facility will continue and expand its partnership this summer with Ability KC, a Kansas City-based organization that provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

This will mark the third year that Ability KC will send participants to MPR to gain work experience during the summer. Griffith said the organization is increasing the number of participants to eight this year from four or five in previous years.

“I’m really excited about it,” Griffith told the board.

The students work on a variety of projects in the community center and in the parks themselves. The board credited the program’s expansion to Griffith’s attention and enthusiasm for it.

“Steve, the additional Ability KC students, that’s a testament to you and the time that you spend with them and that you’ve spent with them the past couple of years,” board president Adam Teale said during last week’s meeting. 

“Those kids are going back to their supervisors and saying, ‘We had a good experience.’ So I want to thank you for representing Maryville Parks and Rec that way, and getting more students in here and giving them an opportunity to work, and have a job and learn skills.”

Other MPR news

  • Sharks swim team registration and sand volleyball registration are open until May 17.
  • The Dog-Gone Easter Bone Hunt held at Donaldson-Westside Park on April 20 raised more than $400 for the New Nodaway Humane Society.
  • MPR Director Jeff Stubblefield said the department will need to replace nearly all of its 15 computers over the next year. He said he anticipates spreading the cost across this fiscal year and next.

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