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Annual SLO Triathlon

Q. Is there a waiting list for earlier start times?

A. Yes, please contact broberts@slocity.org or (805) 781-7445. You will need to provide name, phone number and assigned race number. You must already be registered to request an early start time.

Q. How do I transfer my registration to another participant?

A. Transfers/Changes MUST be completed online by visiting the registration website HERE. Transfers/Changes must be made prior to the deadline. Participants may transfer registration between participants or change participant information.

Q. How do I request a credit?

A. Requests for cancellation submitted by Friday, July 12 will receive a refund (less the USAT and processing fees).

Q. How do I register a friend or family member?

A. Each participant MUST register themselves - individuals MAY NOT complete registrations for friends or family members.
• Registrations NOT containing a waiver completed and signed by the participant (including transfers) will be VOID and a refund will not be issued.
• Multiple registrations for the the same individual will be VOID and refunds will not be issued.

Q. Do I need a lap counter?

A. YES! A lap counter is a human being, not a mechanical device.

Q. How many laps will I be swimming?

A. In the SLO Triathlon, you will be swimming widths instead of laps so that more participants will fit in the pool at one time. Each swimmer will swim 18 laps, a total of 36 widths.

Q. Do I have to wear a bathing cap?

A. No.

Q. What is the temperature in the pool?

A. 80 degrees.

Q. Is the bike course hilly?

A. The bike course is full of rolling hills. Not completely flat, but not straight up and down hills.

Q. Is it ok to train on the bike course?

A. NO. The City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department requests that participants DO NOT TRAIN on Orcutt Road from Johnson Avenue to Tiffany Ranch Road.

Q. What is the weather usually like?

A. San Luis Obispo weather is usually mild in the summer, ranging from the mid to high 70's. Mornings may be foggy and cool. The offshore breeze usually picks up in the early afternoon.

Q. What is the total number of participants allowed in the SLO Triathlon?

A. We have 1000 race numbers.

Q. How many participants can be on a team?

A. We allow a maximum of 3.

Q. Do you know of any local hotels?

A. Visit the SLO Chamber of Commerce at www.visitslo.com for hotel information in San Luis Obispo. For other cities in San Luis Obispo County, visit the San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau website at www.sanluisobispocounty.com.

Q. Is there a Saturday Packet Pick-Up?

A. There is NO Saturday check-in. Check-in is on race day. Identification is required for check-in.

Q. How do I get to Sinsheimer Park?

A. Note: these directions are best to take to avoid congestion at Southwood and Laurel Lane where the bicycle course crosses the intersection.
Traveling from Highway 101 North or South, take the Marsh Street exit, follow Marsh Street for approximately 2 miles to Johnson Avenue, turn right onto Johnson and follow for another ~2 miles to Laurel Lane, turn right onto Laurel Lane and at the stop sign, turn right onto Augusta Street. Park anywhere you can. Sinsheimer Park can be accessed through the elementary school by going across the playground and play field and down the stairs to the park.

Q. I heard that if I check in early, I can walk into the pool and start earlier than my assigned start time, is that true?

A. No, participants will not be allowed into the pool area until their assigned race number is announced. Participants may not check-in until a half hour before their designated start time.

Q. Where should I park?

A. Please plan to park on a nearby side street or have someone drop you off at Sinsheimer School, just above the swimming pool. Carpooling is encouraged! No parking will be allowed after 7:00a.m. in the Sinsheimer Park parking lot on the day of the event. Any vehicles in the parking lot after this time must stay in the parking lot until the conclusion of the Triathlon later in the day.

Q. How can I volunteer for the SLO Triathlon?

A. Sign up to volunteer now! Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, water bottle and a chance to win raffle prizes. For more information contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Brian Roberts at (805) 781-7445

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Facility Reservations

Q. What indoor facilities does the City rent?

A. City/County Library Community and Conference room, Meadow Park building, Senior Center and the Ludwick Community Center.

Q. What days and times are the indoor facilities available for rental?

A. All indoor facilities depending upon availability can be rented 7 days a week 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Q. How do I make a reservation?

A. To make reservation requests go to the online reservation site. If you need further assistance, call the facility reservations desk at (805) 781-7222 or email. If the facility is available, a permit will be issued. Reservations and fees are due at least seven days prior to the scheduled event.

Q. What equipment is available for use in the Library meeting rooms?

A. The conference room: large white erase boards (no pens or erasers), tables and chairs for 40 people. The community room: large drop screen, full kitchen (no supplies), tables and chairs for 120, stage, podium and 2 microphones.

Q. What are the rates for using the Library meeting rooms?

A. Conference Room: $14/hour non-profit, $19/hour commercial. Community Room: $26/hour non-profit; $56/hour commercial; $150 deposit required for food/drink. No alcohol allowed.

Q. What are the rates of the other City indoor facilities?

A. Please view this fee schedule and/or call the facility reservation desk at 781-7222.

City Parks

Q. Is it necessary to make a reservation for an event at a City park?

A. It is necessary for groups wishing to use the group BBQ pits to make a reservation at least seven days in advance. Small groups such as 10 and under may use the hibachi’s available at a first come first serve basis. Large groups and events with 150+ people may be subject to filling out a special event application.

Q. How do I reserve a BBQ?

A. To make reservation requests go to the online reservation site. If you need further assistance, call the facility reservations desk at (805) 781-7222 or email. If the facility is available, a permit will be issued. If the requested facility is available, a permit will be issued. The signed permit must be returned seven working days prior to the event and fees must also be paid at this time. If a key is needed for the BBQ, the key may be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday before the scheduled BBQ date.

Q. What are the fees for using a City park BBQ?

A. There is a $61 day use fee for the following parks: French, Johnson, Laguna Lake (BBQ area or pavilion), Meadow, Mitchell, Santa Rosa and Sinsheimer. In addition, there is an $8 permit fee and a $20 refundable key deposit is required for all parks except Meadow.

Q. Is it required to have a permit to bring a portable BBQ to a City park?

A. Yes. Portable barbecues are not allowed in parks unless prior approval is granted. A permit and a $29 fee is required to bring a portable barbecue into any City park.

Q. What are the City park hours?

A. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Q. How many people do the BBQ facilities accommodate?

Santa Rosa BBQ#1 50-75 people
Santa Rosa BBQ#2 75-150 people
Sinsheimer 50 people
French 150 people
Johnson 150 people
Laguna Lake 120 people
Laguna Lake Pavilion 70 people
Meadow 40 people (Hibachi only)
Mitchell 30 people  

Q. Where are bounce houses permitted?

A. Bounce houses are permitted only at Johnson, Sinsheimer, Santa Rosa and Meadow Parks. A bounce house permit fee is $30 and must be paid along with any other park fees.

Q. Is alcohol allowed at City parks?

A. Alcohol is not allowed at any City facility unless written permission is granted by the Parks & Recreation Director or designee. Usage of alcohol is only permitted within the areas designated on the permit. All alcohol uses will be required to have proof of insurance with liquor liability coverage.

Q. What are the conditions for reserving a softball field?

A. Softball/Youth baseball fields are reserved for league games, tournaments, and with any special group. Fields are not reserved for individual team practices; they are available only on a first come first serve basis. Groups reserving softball/youth baseball fields are required to carry liability insurance coverage. Parks and Recreation league games have first priority on week day nights.

Q. How does a group reserve the Santa Rosa Multi-Use Court?

A. Multi-use court reservations are limited to organized league games and related practices. All other uses are first come, first served. All groups must carry the proper insurance coverage.

Jack House Gardens

Q. During what months may the Jack House Gardens be reserved?

A. May through October.

Q. How much does it cost to reserve the Jack House Gardens?

A. Wedding (No Reception): $602
 Wedding & Reception: $757
 Table and Chair Rental: $180
 A $361 deposit and insurance are also required.

Q. Is the Jack House included in the rental?

A. No, however groups may schedule a group tour during their event for a fee.

Q. What hours may a group reserve the Jack House Gardens?

A. Only one reservation is made per day. The hours the groups can use the gardens are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Q. Are portable dance floors and bands allowed at the Jack House?

A. Portable dance floors are not permitted. Bands and DJ’s are allowed but are subject to the City noise ordinance.

Q. Is alcohol permitted at the Jack House?

A. Alcohol is allowed at the Jack House Gardens with proper approval from the Parks and Recreation Department. A deposit and insurance with liquor liability coverage are also required.

Q. When are Jack House tours given?

A. April through December every Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $5/person, children are free.

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Laguna Lake Golf Course

Q. How do I make a tee time reservation?

A. Click on the icon on the golf page to enter the reservation site. If you have not created a user profile, follow the instructions to add your profile to the system. Once you have completed a profile, you will return to the tee time reservation page. Select a date and available time and you are set to go!

Q. How far in advance can I make a tee time reservation?

A. At this time, you may make a tee time reservation one week in advance on the Internet.

Q. Why do I need to give you a credit card number to make an online reservation? Is my card charged?

A. Your credit card is used to hold a reservation only. You will be charged once you arrive at the golf course; you will need to present your credit card when you arrive at the golf course. Should you make several reservations and fail to show, Laguna Lake Golf Course reserves the right to charge your credit card for the number of reservations made; a warning will be sent by email when abuse of the reservation system occurs and you may be prevented from making further reservations online.

Q. Do I receive a confirmation of my reservation?

A. You will receive two confirmation emails - one from reservations@teeitup.com and one from golf@slocity.org. Both emails will give you a confirmation number. If you do not receive a confirmation email from golf@slocity.org, please call 805.781.7309 to confirm your reservation.

Q. What if I don't show up on time for my reservation?

A. If you are not checked in at the time of your reservation, your spot will be given to the next available group and your time will be noted as a "no show." If you know you are unable to make your reserved tee time, please call 805.781.7309 to cancel your reservation.

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Major Special Events

Q. How can I reserve a park or Mission Plaza for a special event?

A. Call the facility reservation desk and check on availability of the date. If the date is available, the paperwork, permit and application will be mailed. Please contact David Setterlund, (805) 781-7067 for more information.

Q. What are the fees for the Mission Plaza Amphitheater and for full park uses?

A. Fees for use of the Mission Plaza Amphitheater are determined by the space used and projected attendance. Full park use is $451 for the day.

Q. How early should the Parks and Recreation Department be contacted in order to process a special event?

A. 90 days is required, however the earlier the better.

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Online Registration
If problems occur using online registration or reservations, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department during regular business hours at 781-7300.

Q. The class I wish to register for is not showing up online. How can I register for the class?

A. All classes are taken offline if one of the following occurs:

  • If the class roster is full.

  • If the instructor cancels the class.

You can call the Parks & Recreation Department office at (805) 781-7300 to see if the class you want to enroll in has openings.

Q. I registered online but the class was canceled. How do I receive a refund?

A. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department office at (805) 781-7300 to either receive a credit on your account or a refund.

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Ranger Service

Q. Are dogs allowed in City open spaces and parks?

A. Dogs are allowed, however they must be on leash at all times. The one exception to this rule is the Dog Off Leash Park at Laguna Lake. The Dog Off Leash area is a 500’ radius around the restrooms located at the end of Dalidio Road, the park entrance road.

Q. Is camping allowed in City open spaces or parks?

A. No, camping is illegal in all City open spaces and creek corridors, as are open flames. Violators will be cited and fined.

Q. Is fishing legal in City of San Luis Obispo creeks?

A. No, creek fishing within city limits is strictly prohibited. People may fish at Laguna Lake Park with a valid fishing license.

Q. Is there a fee associated with any of City open spaces or parks?

A. There is no fee for use of any hiking or biking trails.

Q. Is it okay to remove items from City open spaces?

A.
No, removal of natural resources including but not limited to plants, wildflowers, and mushrooms is prohibited. Violators will be fined and cited.

Q. Where can I find maps of City parks and open spaces?

A.
Maps are available at the Parks and Recreation Department as well as on the Ranger Service Open Space website. Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB) provides maps of mountain biking and hiking trails within the City as well as in the greater Central Coast region. Additional hiking trails and resources may be obtained through the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

Q. Where can I find more information on San Luis Obispo's natural habitat?

A.
Brochures and guides may be found at the Parks and Recreation Department. Online information may be found via the Ranger Service, Natural Resources, or the California Native Plant Society websites.

Q. Is it okay to leave my car parked in a park or open space parking lot overnight?

A.
No, all City parks and open spaces, including site parking lots, close at dusk.

Adults 50+ and Senior Programs

Senior Programs

Q. What Senior Programs do you offer?

A. The Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of Senior programs and services at the Senior Citizen Center. A detailed list of these programs can be found in the most recent Activity Guide.

Q. Where is the Senior Center located?

A. 1445 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Q. What are the Senior Center hours of operation?

A. The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:30-4:00 p.m.

Q. How does one become a member of the Senior Center?

A. Membership is open to anyone 55 years and older for only $5 a year.

Q. Where can I get more information about Parks and Recreation Senior programs?

A. Phone (805) 781-7306 or (805) 781-7067.

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Adults 50+

Q. Who are Adults 50+ programs for?

A. Adults 50+ programs are for active adults over 50 who enjoy a variety of programs, from sports to reading! However, many active adults programs are attended by people of various ages.

Q. What Adults 50+ programs do you offer?

A. Programs offered:
 -Roundtable Readers Book Club
 -Computer classes
 -Cooking workshops and seminars
 -Drop In Volleyball and Softball
 -Fitness seminars
 -Gardening seminars
 -And more!

Q. Where are Adults 50+ programs held?

A. At the Ludwick Community Center, the Senior Center and various outside locations.

Q. How much do Adults 50+ programs cost?

A. Many programs are free; however there may be a small materials fee for some workshops.

Q. How do I get more information on Adults 50+ programs?

A. Call the Senior Center at 781-7306, contact the Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices at 781-7300, or contact Dave Setterlund, Community Promotions Supervisor, at 781-7067.

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SLO Swim Center

Q: How do I get to the SLO Swim Center from a) South County b) North County c) Los Osos/Baywood Park?

A: a) From South County: 101 north, exit LOVR (Los Osos Valley Rd), turn R., S. Higuera, turn L, Tank Farm Rd., turn R, Broad St./227, turn L, Orcutt, turn R, Laurel Lane, turn L, Southwood Dr., turn L, continue to large parking lot, pool complex on R.

b) From North County: 101 south, exit Grand, turn L, Monterey, turn R., Johnson, turn L, Laurel Lane, turn R., Southwood Dr., turn R, continue to large parking lot, pool complex on R.

c) From Los Osos/Baywood Park: LOVR toward SLO, S. Higuera, turn L, Tank Farm Rd., turn R., Broad St./227, turn L, Orcutt, turn R, Laurel Lane, turn L, Southwood Dr., turn L, continue to large parking lot, pool complex on R.

Q: Do I have to wear a bathing cap?

A: No.

Q: Is it okay to wear shorts and a tee shirt or are swim suits required?

A: It is acceptable to wear shorts and a tee shirt rather than a bathing suit if necessary.

Q: What is the pool’s temperature?

A: 80 degrees F (main pool); 88 degrees F (therapy/tot pool)

Q: How many laps in a: a) 1/2 mile b) mile?

A: Short course: 1/2 mile = 18 laps (over and back (50 yards) equals 1 lap, 1 mile = 36 laps; Long course: 1/2 mile = 9 laps (down and back (100 meters) equals 1 lap, 1 mile = 18 laps.

Q: How long is the pool?

A: 50 meters

Q: What is the pool’s width?

A: 25 yards

Q: Is the pool outdoors?

A: Yes.

Q: Is the pool open year-round?

A: Yes. Click here to view the ongoing swim schedule.

Q: Are there locker rooms?

A: There are indoor shower and changing area but no lockers. An attendant is on duty to receive personal clothes and belongings for safe keeping.

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Teen Programs

Q. What non-sports activities for teenagers do you offer?

A. Programs for all ages

·         SLO SKATEPARK: Visit www.sloskatepark.com for more information.

Programs for 7th and 8th graders

·         SLOTeens: This after school program in room G-5 on Laguna Middle School campus is open the entire school year with the exception of all legal and school holidays. All 7th and 8th graders can participate in sports activities, craft projects, indoor games, food, and much more. There is a $10 annual fee for participation. Students need a waiver form filled out by a parent/guardian.

Programs for High School Students

·         Quest: Students ages 13-16 may sign up for this program that gives teens practical experience in leadership, teambuilding and community service learning. This program includes guest speakers, hands-on activities, group exercises, field trips and interactive learning sessions. Call (805) 781-7441 for program dates and information.

Q. What sports activities for teenagers do you offer?

A. Fall Sports: Girls Volleyball and Teen Cross Country
Winter Sports: Boys Intramural Basketball, Girls Intramural Basketball, Boys and Girls Recreational Basketball, High School Recreational Basketball
Spring Sports: Boys Volleyball, Teen Track and Field, and Teen Golf
Summer Sports: Jr. Giants Baseball Program, Basketball Camp

Q. Where are the sports programs offered?

A. All sports are offered at Laguna Middle School to 7th and 8th graders only with the exception of Junior Giants, which is held at Sinsheimer Park.

Q. Can only Laguna Middle School Students participate in Parks and Recreation teen programs?

A. Most sports are for Laguna students; however, recreational basketball, basketball camp and Junior Giants are open to everyone.

Q. Do you offer any High School Sports programs?

A. Yes, Recreational Basketball league from January through March

Q. Where can I find out more information about teen programs?

A. Contact (805) 781-7289 or (805) 781-7441 for teen programs.

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Youth Services Programs

SunN Fun Program

Q: Where are the five Sun ‘N Fun program sites located and what are the hours of service?

A: Bishop's Peak Elementary School (540-8509)
 License #401710474
 451 Jaycee Drive, Room 20
 Monday-
Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 
 (accommodating all kindergarten release times)

 Pacheco Elementary School (540-8512)
 License #
406203832
 375 Ferrini Street, Room 1
 Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
 (accommodating all kindergarten release times)

 C.L. Smith Elementary School (540-8510)
 License #401710471
 1375 Balboa Street, Room 32
 Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
 (accommodating all kindergarten release times)

 Hawthorne Elementary School (540-8511)
 License #401710581
 2125 Story Street, Childcare Room
 Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
 (accommodating all kindergarten release times)

 Sinsheimer Elementary School (540-8513)
 License #401712125
 2755 Augusta Street, Childcare Room
 Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
 (accommodating all kindergarten release times)

Q: How do I enroll my child in the program?

A: To enroll in Sun ‘N Fun, families submit a completed registration packet, pay the non-refundable annual registration fee and purchase program hours. Registration packets are available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1341 Nipomo Street, and online.

Q: How much does the Sun ‘N Fun program cost?

A: The annual registration fee is $60/child and the cost of child care is $4/hour with a minimum of 20 hours deposit required for each program period. (subject to change) Monthly options are also available.

Q: Are scholarships available to assist with child care costs?

A: Scholarship support is available for families who qualify for assistance, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information regarding the scholarship program call 781-7300.

Q: Do I have to send my child everyday?

A: Children may use the Sun ‘N Fun program as needed. STATE LICENSING LAWS REQUIRE PARENTS TO SIGN THEIR CHILD IN AND OUT OF THE PROGRAM EACH DAY. Children will not be released from the program to anyone without written permission and appropriate identification.

Q: Is the program open during school holidays?

A: The Sun ‘N Fun program is closed during all legal and school holidays. Special day programs and a Spring Break Camp are offered to provide care when school is not in session. Sun ‘N Fun will be open to accommodate parent/teacher conference days; children must be registered for at least one program period to utilize this service.

Club STAR Program (Students Taking Active Responsibility)

Q: Where are the five Club STAR programs located and what are the hours of service?

A: C.L. Smith Elementary School (540-8505)
 1375 Balboa Street - Room 33
 Monday-
Friday: 2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

 Sinsheimer Elementary School (540-8507)
 2755 Augusta Street - Room 22
 Monday-Friday: 2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

 Hawthorne Elementary School (540-8506)
 2120 Story Street - Art/Science Room
 Monday-Friday: 2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

 Pacheco Elementary School (540-8512)
 375 Ferrini Street - Room 1
 Monday-Friday: 2:30 p.m.-
6:00 p.m.

 Bishop's Peak Elementary School (540-8504)
 451 Jaycee Drive - Room 27
 Monday-Friday: 2:30 p.m.-
6:00 p.m.

Q: How do I enroll my child in the program?

A: To enroll in Club STAR, families submit a completed registration packet, pay the non-refundable annual registration fee and purchase program hours. Registration packets are available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1341 Nipomo Street, and online.

Q: How much does the Club STAR program cost?

A: The annual registration fee is $60/child and the cost of the program is $4/hour with a minimum of 20 hours deposit required. (subject to change) Monthly payment options are also available.

Q: Are scholarships available to assist with the cost of Club STAR?

A: Scholarship support is available for families who qualify for assistance. For more information regarding the scholarship program call 781-7300.

Q: Do I have to send my child everyday?

A: Children may use the Club STAR program as needed. 

Q: Is the program open during school holidays?

A: The Club STAR program is closed during all legal and school holidays. Club STAR will be open to accommodate minimum days. Special day programs and a Spring Break Camp are offered to provide care when school is not in session.

KidVENTURE Summer Day Camp

Ultimate Day Camp (UDC)

Q: Where is the Ultimate Day Camp site and what are the hours of operation?

A: The sites for all KidVENTURE Summer Day Camps vary from year to year with site determination occurring in the early spring of each year. UDC is open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. This program is designed for children who need full time care. Each week includes a field trip, art and creative expression projects, indoor and outdoor games and sports, a swimming trip, an on-site special event and a variety of other events.

Q: How do I enroll my child in Ultimate Day Camp?

A: To enroll in Ultimate Day Camp, parents must submit a completed registration packet, pay the non-refundable registration fee and pay for the week(s) desired. Registration packets are available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1341 Nipomo Street.

Q: How much does Ultimate Day Camp cost?

A: All tuition is pre-paid.
Fees are as follows: (fees subject to change)
$35 per child/annual registration fee
$150/full week
$135/summer school package
$30 deposit per week/drop-in care ($5/hour)

Q: Are scholarships available to assist with Ultimate Day Camp costs?

A: Scholarship support is available for families who qualify for assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information regarding the scholarship program call 781-7300.

Q: Do I have to send my child every day?

A: No. The weekly cost for a child to attend the entire week will not be prorated; however, your child is not required to attend each day.

Ultimate Specialty Camp (USC)

Q: Where is USC located and what are the hours of service?

A: The Ultimate Specialty Camps are located at the Meadow Park Neighborhood Center, 2333 Meadow Street. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This program is designed for children of a specific age group to celebrate and discover tailored themes.

Q: How do I enroll my child in the program?

A: To enroll in USC, parents submit a completed registration packet and pay for the week(s) desired. Registration packets are available at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1341 Nipomo Street.

Q: How much do Ultimate Specialty Camps cost?

A: All tuition is pre-paid. The cost is $100/week.

Q: Are scholarships available to assist with child care costs?

A: Scholarship support is available for families who qualify for assistance on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information regarding the scholarship program call 781-7300.

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