Friday, September 20, 2013

Wildwood Offers Year 'Round Activities


Now that Fall has embraced the City of Wildwood and the summer of 2013 is a memory in the minds of many, this seaside city continues to offer its residents and visitors a cornucopia of activities.

Inside the Wildwood’s Byrne Community Center, located at 401 W. Youngs Ave., the fun is beginning to amp up seven days a week. Built in 2008, for the past five years the Center has become a jewel in the city’s crown of recreational offerings.

Basketball courts, baseball field with batting cages, a football field and a soccer field are just a few of the amenities available. In addition, a fitness center geared to those over 18 years of age can help keep you in swimsuit shape throughout the winter.

“It’s open to anyone,” said Recreation Department Director Rich Hans of the Fitness Center. “It’s open seven days a week. It’s convenient and it’s low priced.”

Hans added the Fitness Center is open to both city residents and non-residents. An annual fee of $100 for residents and $200 for non-residents to a daily rate of $3.00 per day for residents or $5.00 for non-residents makes it one of the best bargains around.

In addition to its Fitness Center, the Byrne Community Center offers both after school and weekend activities for kids as well as providing space for several school sports activities.

According to Hans from 2:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. the center explodes with supervised, child-friendly fun. “Kids from grades 1 through 5 are here from 2:30 to 4:30 to play basketball, there’s ping pong and pool,” he explained. From 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. students in grades 6 through 8 are welcomed, with high school students coming through the doors from 6 p..m. ‘til 7:30. “And from 7:30 until 9, that’s for adults,” said Hans.

Hans explained while some local recreation centers find themselves busy in the summer, Wildwood’s Byrne Center sees an increase in usage during the winter months. “We run more winter activities,” he said. “We have arena football for the kids, we have half-pint basketball and indoor soccer.” Each of those activities begin in December and run through April.

The Community Center also welcomes Wildwood High School’s Warrior athletes for several sports.

“The football team plays here, the soccer teams play here and the baseball teams play all their games here,” said Hans. “We also have the sixth, seventh and eighth grade basketball plays here, too.”

Information about activities at the Byrne Community Center can be obtained by calling 609-522-5837 or by clicking the link marked “City Departments” on Wildwood’s website at

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