Around Town 9

Indoor Tennis Facility

A community meeting regarding the possible building of an indoor tennis facility in Draper was held on February 8. It was a very informative, well attended meeting that went over multiple concepts of how this proposed facility could work. Much of the talk was not about whether it would be successful or not, but rather, what steps need to be taken next to turn this idea of an indoor tennis facility to become a reality. The city has verbally allotted land in Galena Park for a tennis facility. The Tennis Enthusiasts are currently planning on raising money in an attempt to form a Co-Op. This would allow for the facility to be fully public but also give the citizens of Draper the ability to run it as its own because it would be owned and run by those who care about it most. The discussions at this initial meeting were centered more around making it work than how it would make money, which is a refreshing change from the business climate we often see today. Though the concern was more around community than returns, that doesn’t mean the plans discussed did not have well thought business structure. Since this would be a brand new facility, the plan was to start small and scale up if demand indicated it to be necessary. The current plan is to create six indoor courts and four outdoor courts, tech enabled to maximize court time and minimize costs. This will be a state of the art facility that the city of Draper will be proud to call their own. For more information or to help cover initial development plans, please go to: DraperTennis.comGoFundMe.com, 
Facebook.com/DraperIndoorTennis. Text by Megan Reardon

The Living Planet Aquarium 
Summer Camps

Do you know a child who’s wild about animals? Or a tween who’s a future marine biologist? Then it’s time to sign your little scientist up for the experience of a lifetime at a Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Summer Camp. All camps include animal encounters, behind-the-scenes access and hands-on science learning. Camps run Monday through Thursday from June to August, and include lunch, a camp lanyard, tote bag, water bottle and more. Several age groups available, from ages four to fourteen:

·  Tide Pool Titans, ages 4-5

·  Feathers, Fins, and Fur, ages 5-7

·  CSI: Creature Science Investigators, ages 8-9

·  Animal Ambassadors, ages 10-11

·  Marine Biologists in Training, ages 12-14

For more information visit TheLivingPlanet.com.

Miss Utah’s Annual Power 2 Become Shoe Drive

Miss Draper 2015, Brynn Garfield, is collecting shoes through the Power 2 Become humanitarian organization, in conjunction with the Miss Utah organization. Power 2 Become works to provide relief to the people of Burkina Faso, Africa. All Miss Utah contestants are asked to collect at least 1,000 pairs of shoes to help with this mission. The donated shoes are used for fundraising efforts to provide wells for clean water, along with food and education to help the people of Burkina Faso. Any style or size of shoes is acceptable, as long as they are in wearable condition. If you have shoes that you would like to donate, please contact Brynn at Brynn.Garfield@iCloud.com, or through the Miss Draper 2015 Facebook page. To learn more about the Power 2 Become organization, visit P2Become.org.

Adult Mountain Biking Class 2016

This new class offered by Draper Recreation will be designed specifically for adult riders! If you’ve ever wanted to get into mountain biking after living in Draper but didn’t feel you had the skill or knowledge, this class is for you. It will be a great course for beginners, and includes options for those with experience. Skills include climbing and downhill technique, pedaling, braking, obstacle, tips and tricks. For adults 18 years and older, beginning this month. Check out Draper.ut.us for info. Come enjoy our beautiful canyon with great company.

Draper Visual Arts Foundation Scholarship Competition

With a yearly tradition of promoting the development of art talent in students, the Draper Visual Arts Foundation is offering art scholarships for original framed works of art and ceramics for graduating seniors in Canyons School District, including private and charter schools. Students will be able to drop off artwork at Draper City Hall on Friday April 22. The show will be April 25-28. The awards program will be on Thursday April 28 at 7 p.m. where $4000 prize money will be awarded to winners in both 2D and 3D. DraperVisualArts.org