September 5th, 2012
Orange County to host the 29th Senior Games
GOSHEN - After 29 years of friendly competition, the Orange County Senior Games, co-hosted by Orange County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation and the Office for the Aging, continues to offer new events and revitalize old favorites for Orange County’s most senior residents.
New events for 2012 include a mountain bike trek, a three-point shooting basketball contest, a tour of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, a Fun Zone at the New Windsor Community Day, a session with the Master Gardener at the Orange County Arboretum, and a Price-is-Rite event held at Vails Gate ShopRite.
“Staying active and keeping fit plays a critical role in maintaining good health and well-being as we age,” said Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana. “The Senior Games are a great way for our County’s most senior residents to keep both body and mind active, while enjoying time with friends, making new ones, and experiencing some of the things that make our County great. And you can’t beat the price to get involved,” added Mr. Diana. “Most activities are free or low cost.”
The Senior Games begin with an opening ceremony and art exhibition at the Graham Skea Lodge at Thomas Bull Memorial Park on September 12, at 5:00 p.m. Local officials and sponsor representatives will be on-hand to officially open the 2012 Games and the Washingtonville High School Junior ROTC Color Guard will present our nation’s colors. A reception will follow withrefreshments and live music provided by jazz musician David Dixler and Mary Kay Messenger of the USMA Band. Health and information booths will be on-site for guests’ convenience.
Most Senior Games events are for ages 55+ but there are a few competitions for ages 50-54. To receive your Games application or more information, please contact the Orange County Department of Parks at (845) 457-4910 or the Orange County Office for the Aging at (845) 615-3705. You can also go on-line at orangecountynyparks.com to download an application. To email questions or an application request, contact Tom Quinlisk at the Parks Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.