County offers recreational trips for teens

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is offering three teen trips for 12- to 16-year-olds beginning Feb. 18. The popular program this year includes rock climbing, Qwest Field and Safeco Field tours, and a paintball extravaganza.

While younger boys and girls can participate in day camp or attend day care, no specific parks program was available for teens. “We are trying to bridge the gap between youth and adult programming,” said Wendi Garrison, recreation supervisor. “Teen Trips provides positive role models and fun activities.”

Three trips are planned, starting with Indoor Rock Climbing from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Participants will conquer a variety of rock walls in a safe and supportive environment. The $30 fee includes two hours of climbing, equipment rental and instruction. The activity is suitable for all abilities.

Trip No. 2 on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. visits the Northwest’s two state of the art premier sports facilities. Tours of Qwest Field, home of the Seahawks, and Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, includes areas not normally open to the public including press boxes, luxury suites, fields, dugouts, VIP Club level and team locker rooms. The fee is $35.

The series concludes Saturday, May 6 with Operation Paintball from noon to 5 p.m. on five different playing fields. The $35 fee includes field fees (three hours), Tippman 98 semi-automatic paint gun rental, V-Force goggles, compressed air tanks and 500 paintballs per player.

Travel is by van, and 12 teens can be accommodated for each trip. Drivers are Parks and Recreation employees. The trips start and end at the Lakewood Community Center and are sponsored by the Lakewood Community.

To register, call Wendi Garrison at 253-798-4753.