There are a lot of exciting things happening in Guthrie this summer! You can’t have summer fun without swimming and there are now a few options in Guthrie to retreat from the summer heat. The local YMCA is once again managing the City of Guthrie pool and is preparing for a great season. Open swim will be from 2:00 to 6:00 Monday through Thursdays, 3:00 to 7:00 on Fridays and 1:00 to 4:00 on Saturdays.
The Guthrie Parks Board and City Council have made some changes that will add more summer fun to the Guthrie community. Liberty Lake has always been a great place for camping, boating and horseback riding and now swimming can be added to the list. Day use fees for the Lake are only $2.00, or $30.00 for a season pass. A huge thank you goes out to Dolese, who donated over 640 tons of sand to the City of Guthrie to help build a nice swimming beach.
For those who prefer to stay dry, they can find some fun at the library. The Guthrie Public Library annual Summer Reading Program is just around the corner and will last the entire month of June and have programs for all ages. There are multiple programs for adults, and children and teen Summer Reading Programs are packed with exciting activities and fun events that are sure to delight. Check the Library’s website at www.guthrielibrary.com for more information.
There are also several events that are happing in Guthrie this summer that will promote a healthy and happy community. The 4th annual See Spot Run will be taking place in Guthrie on Saturday, June 9. This is one of the greatest running events in the metro area and it brings hundreds of people to the Guthrie community. Participants can choose to run either a 5k or 10k route and proceeds go to benefit Free to Live.
One of Oklahoma’s largest cycling events is coming through Guthrie this summer. The Oklahoma Freewheel Tour will be stopping in Guthrie for an overnight stay on June 13th. This tour will bring over 850 people to the community who will be ready to see the sights and experience all that Guthrie has to offer until they pack up and leave for their next destination. Guthrie was selected to be the host community at the midway point of this ride across Oklahoma for the 2012 tour.
Guthrie will also be hosting the inaugural First Capital Triathlon this July. This sprint triathlon will have a 500 meter swim, a 12.5 mile bike, and a 5k run. The event will take place out at Guthrie Lake on July 21. More information can be found at www.firstcapitaltri.com
No summer is complete without the pop and bang fireworks. In order to allow residents more flexibility to celebrate their 4th of July activities and encourage a safer and more controlled atmosphere when discharging fireworks, the Guthrie City Council voted last year to allow the use of fireworks on residential property with a permit. The permits can be purchased at Guthrie City Hall for $15. When purchased, the resident will get a permit sign to place in their yard which will allow them to discharge fireworks at their home on July 3, 4, and 5
Whatever your summer plans include, make sure and be safe and take advantage of some of the exciting things that are going on in your community.