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The Dallas Park and Recreation is hosting the 2017 Dallas Senior Games, after receiving funding to restore senior programs. Budget constraints forced the Department to host its last Senior Games back in 2009. That all changed last year, when the department formed the new Senior Program Division.“The goal of the Senior Program Division is to restore programs and senior participation throughout our 42 recreation centers,” said Crystal R. Ross, Assistant Director with the Dallas Park and Recreation. “Bringing back the Senior Games was another big priority for the Senior Program Division and we are all very pleased to be hosting it once again.”The 2017 Senior Games kicks off on February 22, 2017 at 9 a.m. with a 5K run and a 1K walk at Fair Park, followed by an Opening Ceremony at the Fair Park Food and Fiber Building at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public with vendors, entertainment, games and a host of activities.“The Senior Games Opening Ceremony will be a celebration for participants, their families and friends,” said Ross. “We invite all Dallas residents to join in the celebration as we support this growing population and their athletic endeavors.”This Olympics style fitness and leisure competition runs through February 22-28 with cycling on March 4-5. Participants will be able to compete in 12 different competitive sports and over 32 different events including: cycling, swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, track, pickle ball and more. Participants must be at least 50 years old to participate and may be required to show proof of age. Athlete’s competition age will be based on his/her age on December 31, 2016.