Saturday, January 29, 2022

City offers wealth of summer enrichment programs to Islanders.

The following is a list of many programs available to Marco Islanders this summer at Mackle Park. From tots to teens and adults too, there’s something for everyone, to keep you active during the hot summer months.



Open Gym Tiny Tumblers will be held every Saturday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Mackle Park. Cost is $8/child, walk-ins are welcomed.


Camp Mackle registration is now open for ages 6 – 11 yrs of age. Camp Mackle will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 6 pm beginning June 11 – August 21. For details and information to register please call Mackle Park at 642-0575.


MICKYS Sailing learn to sail on the waters of Factory Bay. MICKYS is a US Sailing certified program with great teaching instructors. Camps are available for ages 8 – 12 yrs, from 9 am – 12 pm. For information on Level 1(beginners) and Level 2(advance) classes please call Mackle Park, 642-0575.

Jr. Chefs become a Jr. Chef this summer, we’ll mix, bake, create pastries, and learn the art of decorating cakes. Pre-registration is required. Camp date: August 16 – 20, 9 am – 12 pm for ages 8 – 13 yrs.

Lacrosse Camp learn about the beginning basics of how to play Lacrosse. Camp includes: drills, tactics, rules and regulations and all required equipment. Pre-registration is required. Camp date: August 2 – 6, 8 am – 12 pm, Ages: 9 – 14 yrs.

PADI SCUBA Diver Certification introduce participants to the underwater world through SCUBA diving. Program designed to cover the academic and confined water(pool) portions of the “Open Water” certifications. Pre-registration is required. Please call Mackle Park for schedule, times, and pricing.

Open Water SCUBA Certification this certification course is designed to train the diver to safely and confidently navigate the other two-thirds of our planet. Pre-registration is required. Please call Mackle Park for schedule, times, and pricing.

Green Thumb/Gardening Camp help create a “Children’s Garden” at Mackle Park. We will learn about the study of larvae, caterpillars, and butterflies, and understand the importance of bees, and to identify bad pests. The program will center around planting of seeds, using fertilizers, creating stepping stones, and enriching soil. Pre-registration is required. Camp date: July 26 – 30, 9 am – 12 pm, Ages: 7 – 11 yrs.

Beach Soccer Fun Camp Marco Island and Collier County Parks and Recreation partnered to bring you Beach Soccer Fun Camp this summer. This is a full week of soccer instruction plus beach fun at Tigertail Beach. Instructor Tony Smith brings a wealth of soccer knowledge to these full week camps. Pre-registration is required. Please pick up a program brochure at Mackle Park for the full Beach Soccer Fun Camp schedule.

H2O Camp: Extreme Water Sports Dustin Beatty of Water Ski and Wakeboard and Chris Bowden have teamed up to provide a comprehensive extreme water sports camp to include wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, and skim boarding instructions. Pre-registration is required. Please call Mackle Park for all camp scheduling, times, and pricing.

TEEN PROGRAMS, Ages 13 – 18yrs

Teen Advisory Council let your voices be heard. Teen Advisory Council will discuss teen upcoming programs, field trips, community service ideas, creating a teen t-shirt, and naming of teen advisory council positions. For further inquires call 389-5034. Grades 6th – 12th grade invited.

Camp Mackle L.I.T. (Leader In Training) Camp Mackle is currently accepting applications for Leader in Training (LIT) volunteers to help with this year’s Camp Mackle program for elementary-aged children. This is a perfect opportunity for teens in need of volunteer hours, who enjoy community service, or who would like something fun and productive to do over the summer months. Applications can be picked up at Mackle Park. *Flexible schedules will be created for teen volunteers based on their availability and around prior engagements.

Ages: 13-17 years, Camp Mackle Dates: June 11 – August 20, Camp Mackle Times: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Teen Summer Trips All teen summer field trips require each student to bring additional money for snacks and drinks.  Transportation will be provided.

Busch Gardens August 20, Pre-register by July 23. Time: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Location: Tampa – Drop-off/Pick-up: Mackle Park. Cost: $50, Minimum: 40, Maximum: 50.


**All adult programs will be meeting at Racquet Center beginning the first week in June through August** Please call M.I. Racquet Center for more information. 239-394-5454.

Canasta come meld with us on Tuesday afternoons from 1 – 4 pm at Racquet Center. This is a free social program where you can enjoy the game of Canasta and make new Island friends.

Island Knitters all knitters are welcome, expert to novice every Wednesday from 1 – 4: pm at Racquet Center. Join us and share your stitches and your stories. Free of charge, walk-ins welcomed!

Mah Jongg held every Thursday from 1 – 4 pm at Racquet Center. Come join the fun and make new friends. Walk-ins welcomed, free of charge.


Women’s Self-Defense Seminar prevent dangerous situations before they happen, but be prepared to protect yourself the right way when it’s absolutely necessary. This event is a 50/50 mix of instruction and practice, offered in a safe and supportive environment for women only. Workshop is from 1 – 3 pm at Mackle Park on Saturday, August 7th. Cost is $20/person for a two hour session. Pre-registration is required. Please Call Mackle Park for more details. 642-0575.


Be Fit Over 50 continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7:45 p.m. The fee is $40/month or $5/guest fee.  Participants will enjoy the benefits of increased strength, muscle tone and flexibility. These weight bearing exercise programs will help combat osteoporosis and improve bone density.

Jazz It Up Cardio is back by popular demand. Jazz It Up Cardio will be offered Saturday mornings from 7:45 – 9 am. Cost is $5 for walk in or $40 for a 9 session punch card. Instructor Bobbie LeCroy-Lansdown will help you incorporate cardiovascular moves, abdominal work, and free weights for a work out that is heart pumping and sure to please.


Tuesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Open Challenge Court, Rotating open play.
Thursday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Open Challenge Court, Rotating open play.
Saturday 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Open Challenge Court, Rotating open play.

Cost for open challenge court free for pass holders, $6/non-pass holders.

Wednesday 9:00-11:30 a.m. Open Challenge Court, Rotating open play.
Friday 9:00-11:30 a.m. Open Challenge Court, Rotating open play.

Cost for open challenge court free for pass holders, $6/non-pass holders.

Men’s Tennis Flights
Monday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Drop-in Men’s doubles.
Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Drop-in Men’s doubles.

Cost for flight is free for pass holders, $6/non-pass holders.

Women’s Tennis Flights
Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Drop-in women’s doubles.
Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Drop-in women’s doubles.

Cost for flight is free for pass holders, $6/non-pass holders.


Islander Tennis Fundamental Clinics are held Monday & Tuesday, 10 – 11 a.m. The clinics will cover the basic strokes along with scoring, rules, and proper etiquette of the sport of a lifetime. Participants in clinics will receive free court access from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. and 1 hour of ball machine time during the session week. The cost is $15/residents; $18/non-residents.

Drill and Tactics: Shot of the Week Clinics are held Wednesday & Thursday, 10 – 11 a.m. A specific shot each week will be highlighted to help you fine-tune the stroke and utilize the shot to your advantage.

Drill and Tactics: Doubles Strategy Clinic is held Friday, 10 – 11 a.m., 3.5 Level. Clinic focus will be on strategy and positioning for all situations encountered in doubles play. The cost for all Drill and Tactics Clinics is $15/residents; $18/non-residents. Weekly sign-up is required.

Cardio Tennis is held Mondays and Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cardio Tennis combines a great cardio workout along with practicing those winning shots on the court. Cost is $10/residents; $12/non-residents. Weekly sign-up is required

“City Kids” Junior Tennis Program The children’s instructional program features four different levels and runs in six week sessions throughout the winter and spring. Call the Racquet Center at 239-394-5454 for more information.

Pickleball Clinic free instructional clinic on Mondays from 9-10 a.m. at the Racquet Center.

USTA Men’s & Women’s Teams are forming contact the Racquet Center to register for teams and practices at 239-394-5454

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