Happy New Year!

The Williston Recreation and Parks Department wishes your family good health, happiness and fun in the coming year and always. Happy New Year! A special thank you goes out to the many volunteers that have helped us this past year: the 58 volunteer coaches that were part of our youth sports programs; the seven members of the Recreation Committee; the instructors and businesses who work with us to offer programs; and the school district staff who provide us with safe spaces to run programming. Also, thank you to all those who helped during the July Fourth celebration: The Detch family; Tony and Susan Lamb; Bob Skiff; and the judges Bob Metz, Chris Roy and Gary Howard. Also, thank you to two people who volunteered their time in our parks: Scott Bushweller, who maintains the ice rink, and Briant Hamrell, who assisted with lining soccer fields. Thank you to all of these and others who have given of their time and talents.

Instructors Wanted

We are beginning work on the Spring/Summer Program Guide and are looking for instructors and businesses to work with to offer new programs to the community. If interested, please contact the Recreation Department or complete an instructor proposal form, found on the department’s website, The Spring/Summer Program Guide will be out mid-February.

Adult Programs

Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga is appropriate for all those seeking the benefits of a very relaxing, gentle and restorative practice. Learn how to mindfully move and breathe through this slower paced, well-supported program. Your first class is free to try, pre-registration is required. Ages 18-plus. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $60 for an eight-visit punch card. Instructor: Jill Lang

Dog/Puppy Essentials: Basic Training and Social Skills

This six-week course covers all you need to know to understand your dog. Learn how your dog communicates through this powerful program for building a confident, socially-savvy dog. For adults 18-plus, dogs eight weeks and older. Tuesdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 16, 6:15-7:15 p.m. $120 per dog. Instructor: Deb Helfrich, Goldstar Dog Training.

Youth Programs

Magical Deep Woods Dwellings

Using all natural materials, kids will design and construct an architectural habitat for a fairy, gnome or creature of choice. Kids will add the most important ingredient, their imagination! Problem solving, engineering, botany and architecture skills will be integrated, but we will make time for fantasy play and storytelling as houses are crafted and characters come to life. Grades 2-8. Thursdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 3-4:30 p.m. $110. Instructor: Liz Demas, art teacher.

Young Rembrandts Drawing

These drawing classes are educational programs perfect for your imaginative child. Add some creativity to your child’s winter schedule. Lessons will focus on developing drawing skills and artistic concepts such as color theory, perspective and lighting. Kindergarten-grade 2. Thursdays, Jan. 14-Mar. 10, 2:45-3:45p.m. $90.

Young Rembrandts Cartooning

Energize your child with fun, engaging cartoon lessons. In Young Rembrandts’ classes, students will learn to create whimsical drawings, develop artistic techniques and learn educational skills that will awaken the inner artist. Grades 3-6. Tuesdays, Jan. 12-Mar. 8, 3-4 p.m. $90.

Todd Goodwin is Williston’s recreation director. To learn more about the Williston Recreation and Parks Department, visit or email