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Little league baseball, softball signup ends May 8
Changes coming to Tot Lot program
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MONROE — Registration deadline for all Monroe Parks and Recreation little league baseball and softball programs is Friday, May 8. 

There is currently no cost at the moment to register. If the season is played, the department will invoice families at a later date. This deadline includes all lassie softball, all minor league baseball, American and National League Baseball, as well as Cadet, Junior and Senior League Softball. 

Modifications of the 2020 season could include season length, the number of games and/or practices, travel limitations and limited spectator seating.

Interested players, sponsors or volunteer coaches should let the office know when registering. Any other questions can be forwarded to Matt Skibba at 608-329-2466 or

Summer Tot Lot program to see changes

The Monroe Recreation Department has started making alternate plans for its summer activities. All plans are subject to change as more information regarding COVID-19 restrictions is received from the Governor, CDC and local health officials.

Below is the tentative rollout plan for the Tot Lot playground program for 3- to 5-year-olds this summer as of April 29. 

The department will begin its first session of Tot Lot as the state reaches Phase 1 of the Governor’s order and people can gather in groups of 10. When that will be is currently unknown.

The Parks and Recreation office is asking that parents register, so it can determine the number of children to prepare for. There is no fee at this time. 

“We will not charge a fee until we know how many weeks we can hold the Tot Lot sessions,” the department said in a press release issued April 29. “Once the session length is determined, we will invoice the proper amount.”

Many details are being worked out, but the plan is to hold the program this summer with modifications. Parents may register online at, put registration in the 24-hour dropbox, or call the Parks & Rec office 329-2460.

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Plans for the summer Monroe Parks and Recreation Tot Lot program have been altered due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Three-week sessions would cost $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents. The fee for Friday-only Tot Lot for six weeks is $40 for residents and $50 for NR. The deadline to register is June 1st. 

Tot Lot will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, with a “Friday Only” session 9:30-11:30 a.m. also. Tentative dates:  

●  June session: June 8-25

●  July session: July 6-23 

●  Friday only session: June 12-July 24 (No program July 3) 

“If we aren’t able to get in three weeks, we will pro-rate the fee accordingly,” the press release stated. “If parents have already signed up for Tot Lot but have changed their mind, we will gladly credit your account.

The plan for Tot Lot is to have groups of eight children plus two instructors at Twining Park South shelter for the entire session. A different eight children, plus two instructors, will use Twining West shelter. 

“If needed, we’ll use the Twining North shelter for a third group, thus keeping our group limit to 10.  Families can request to be with a friend or sibling for their group of eight.  We have separate indoor sites arranged for rain or high-heat days,” the department said.

Children will not be playing on the playground equipment due to the Governor’s orders. The children will gather at their shelter each day at 9:30 a.m. and will play with water activities, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, sand toys, board games, and other toys such as doll house or barn set and tractors, etc. The toys will be cleaned frequently throughout the day and at the end of each day. After the gathering time, the children will have their scheduled activities, such as: crafts, games, story time, songs and snack. Hands will be washed frequently, especially before and after snacks, and only packaged snacks will be eaten. 

“In July, if we are at Phase 2 of the Governor’s orders and we can gather in groups of 50, then we will all meet at Twining South Shelter with the group of 20-24 children unless we feel gathering in smaller groups made for better social distancing and for the participants’ safety this summer,” the department said.