Our Park Pals program is bringing free activities to 5 parks around great falls every day of the week! We hope this program encourages kids to get away from the screens and get outside and play. Kids can participate in activities for science, art, and physical exercise.
Park Pals Schedule:
Gibson Park, 400 Park Drive — 9:45-10:30 a.m. (free food follows)
Verde Park, 1700 Upper River Road — 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Rhodes Park, 800 Central Avenue West — 12:15-1 p.m. (free food at noon)
Lion’s Park, 2700 9th Avenue South. — 1:15– 2p.m. (free lunch at 12:40)
Pinski Park, 4600 5th Avenue South — 2:15-3 p.m.
Prizes are also handed out. Kids receive bigger prizes the more often they attend.
The Park Pals program runs until August 12.
This program would not be possible without grants from the Benefis Foundation and United Way of Cascade County.
National Trails Day! Saturday, June 4, 2016
Get Fit Great Falls is a finalist for a grant opportunity given by Benefis Health System. You may vote once a day for a week starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 11, and ending at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.
Get Fit Great Falls is requesting funds to buy art and activity supplies for physical activities that will be offered in 10 parks in low-income Great Falls neighborhoods. Park attendants will spend two hours in two parks every weekday during the summer.
Each day, they will organize a different physical activity that doesn’t require expensive equipment and an art or science project with the hope of drawing kids of all interest to the parks. The activities will be timed as much as possible to coincide with the summer food truck program and Great Falls Public School’s Summer Read 6 book-giveaway program. The goal is to increase the number of kids playing in parks with the hope of building healthy, lifelong habits of being active outdoors and reducing the risk of them becoming overweight or obese.
Please vote, share with your friends, and set an alarm to vote everyday until Sunday!
Get Fit Great Falls
Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 10:30 a.m. Forest Service Offices,
1101 15th Street North
Mission: Get Fit Great Falls, Inc. promotes the benefits of healthy lifestyles to the citizens of Great Falls and Cascade County through a unified community effort that encourages cultural and system change.
1. Introduction of Guests – All (5 min)
2. Approval of Minutes from February 4, 2016 Meeting (DECISION) – All (5 min)
3. Finance Report –Jody (5 min)
4. GFGF & Bike/Walk Montana reciprocal membership potential – John (10 min)
5. Ready, Set, Read – Jane (10 min)
6. Strategic Plan Committee Reports – to include Strategic Plan Updates (15min)
a. Active Lifestyles Committee – Beth
b. Finance Committee – Patty
c. Communication Committee – Erin
d. Nutrition Education Working Group –Abigail
e. Ways and Means Committee –Kim
7. Winter Trails Day Debrief – Dave (10 min)
8. Come out and Play (COAP) Proposal – COAP Committee (25 min.)
9. Round Robin – (as time allows)
Next Meeting: April 7th, 2016 @ 10:30 am, Location TBD
Our 10th Annual Winter Trails Day was a huge success! We had nearly 250 participants and more than 50 volunteers. There were big smiles and lots of laughs while everyone enjoyed snow shoeing and cross country skiing in our National Forest.
The 10th Annual Get Fit Great Falls Sponsored
Winter Trails Day February 6, 2016
The Silver Crest Trails are located in the Little Belt Mountains of Central Montana, just off Highway 89, approximately 6.5 miles south of Neihart on the west side of the highway, and about 2 miles north of Showdown Montana Ski Area.
The turn-off to the parking lot is marked by a sign indicating “USFS Winter Recreation Area”. Turn there, then follow the nordic ski signs to the parking lot. The parking lot is equipped with a latrine.
Come Out & Play
Will be held at the Great Falls High, Memorial Stadium.
Address: 1900 2nd Avenue South, Great Falls, MT 59405
Saturday, September 5
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All around camp, to include fitness and wellness activities for children of all ages. Free admission for camp kids to Voyager Baseball Game, 7 p.m., Sept. 5.
Abby Wambach World Cup Soccer player
Kelley Jakle Singer/Actress in Pitch Perfect
Get Fit Great Falls is bringing International soccer superstar Abby Wambach back to Great Falls — and it will be “aca”awesome.
The fourth annual Come Out and Play event on Saturday, September 5 also will feature Pitch Perfect star Kelley Jakle.
Jakle, who was a high school athlete who eventually chose a career in performing arts, joined the cast of Pitch Perfect because of her experience in the University of Southern California’s premiere a cappella group, the SoCal VoCals, which won the coveted International Competition of Collegiate Acappella in New York City twice during her tenure. She plays Barden Bella in Pitch Perfect with a recurring role in Pitch Perfect 2, which is still in theaters.
Wambach, is the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer history with 183 goals, 25 more than any other man or woman in history. She also is a two-time gold medalist with the U.S. Women’s Soccer team and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. Wambach, who has grown fond of Great Falls during her time in the Electric City, speaks about the importance of living healthy and being active.
Get Fit Great Falls is partnering with the Great Falls Voyagers and will hold a free fitness festival at Centene Stadium in the morning with games and fitness challenges that attendees of all ages can participate in with Wambach, Jakle and members of the Voyagers. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get Fit will be collaborating with local schools and agencies to make sure as many children as possible have the opportunity to participate.
That evening Jakle will sing the national anthem at the Voyagers Fan Appreciation game and Wambach will throw out the first pitch. Each will do a radio broadcast interview during an inning and will sign autographs for fans. All clinic attendees will join Wambach and Jakle on the field to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Jakle has a strong connection to the national pastime. She is the great-granddaughter of Branch Rickey, legendary general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who was instrumental in helping Jackie Robinson integrate baseball. She appeared in the movie, “42,” the Jackie Robinson story.
Get Fit Great Falls is a not-for-profit coalition of like-minded people who encourage neighbors, families and friends to get active and make healthy food choices. In addition to Come Out and Play, the group also facilitates events for National Trails Day in the June and Winter Trails Day in February.
For further information feel free to contact one of the coordinators:
Lindsay Smith: 406.788.0306
Erica Harp: 406.403.2662
Lacey Gallagher: 406.788.8284
*This year’s events through Get Fit Great Falls will not include a Youth’s soccer camp. For local soccer opportunites, please visit the Electric City Soccer Club website by clicking here.
9:00 am – Meet at Morony Dam Road/NW Energy dirt road east of RR tracks. Call Cameron (590-0300) or Giant Springs Station (727-1212) for details.
If you can’t make Saturday, you can still help on Sunday! 9:00 am – Meet at the North Side of Rainbow Dam. Call Travis (590-8728) for details.
Bring gloves, water, and decent shoes. Trail tools provided.
Help build and maintain local trails for our community to enjoy!