The time is approaching for the Muskogee Senior Games, which will add some new activities for 2022.

Games organizer Janet Thornton said table tennis, water walking and athletics will be added to the menu which last year included swimming, bowling, golf, cornhole and pickleball.

“We’re really pushing for huge turnout and would like to get as much local turnout as possible,” she said.

Last year included a number of people from all over the state. There’s another local event in Moore, and then there’s the Oklahoma State Games, which is open to everyone – at this point.

“I’ve gone back and accessed state game attendee databases for the past six years and everyone is made aware of our event,” she said.

Bowling will take place June 4 and 5 at Green Country Lanes, starting at 9 a.m.

Three events are scheduled for June 11. The swim is scheduled for 8 a.m. at Muskogee Swim and Fitness. Track at Indian Bowl and tennis at Spaulding Park will both start at 9 a.m.

Pickleball will be at two locations on June 17 and 18 – the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center as well as the Civic Center, both beginning at 9 a.m. On the 18th only, the cornhole will take place at Depot Green, starting at 9 a.m.

Pickleball is a racquet/paddle sport that was created by combining elements of several other racquet sports. Two or four players use strong paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball over a net. The ball looks very much like a wiffle ball, with 26 to 40 round holes. Cornhole has grown enormously in popularity in recent years, with tournaments being broadcast on ESPN. It is a lawn game in which players take turns tossing 16-ounce cloth bean bags onto a raised platform with a hole in the end.

Athletics, a popular sport in the Senior Games nationwide, will include the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meter races and among the field events, discus, hammer, vault high jump, long jump and pole vault. and shot put.

The Senior Games will conclude with three competitions on June 25 – golf at Muskogee Golf Club at noon and two new activities – water walking at River Country Water Park at 8 a.m., table tennis at Hatbox Event Center at 9 a.m.

“Walking on water really excites us as an opportunity because it’s something a lot of people who can’t do other things can do,” Thornton said.

A gala for all participants is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Muskogee Golf Club.

Registration is both online at rb.gy/cop2bi and in person at the Muskogee Swim and Fitness Center, 566 N. Sixth St. You can also access it via MuskogeeParks.orgby accessing the Senior Games link on the left side of the page.

A payment of $25 allows you to participate in as many sports as you wish, except that bowling and golf have an additional cost.

Registration closes May 30. The last day to register and guarantee receipt of the Senior Games t-shirt is May 6th.