2017: The Year in Photos
By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
As we bring in the new year, we offer a sampling of the Public Communication Office’s best photography work of 2017. Scroll and click the individual photos in the mosaic below.
Special thanks to Chad Cockrum of Brazos Multimedia, Broadcast Media Specialist Mark Beal, Public Communications Assistant Kathleen Meredith, former Multimedia Coordinator Jon Carpenter, and former External Relations Manager Mike Neu for their hard work in documenting city events and activities throughout the year.
For more city photos from 2017 and beyond, click here.
Two pirates ferociously guard Adamson Lagoon on Pirate Day in July.
The Starlight Music Series at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater is a popular event for several weekends each spring.
The competition at the Brazos Valley Senior Games is intense.
Outgoing Councilwoman Julie Schultz clears the way for newly elected Councilman John Nichols.
Crowd participation is the norm during Starlight Music Series concerts at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.
The city gateway sign near the intersection of State Highway 6 and University Drive.
A young pooch is decked out in his finest for the annual Weiner Dog races at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.
Presenting the colors and the playing of the National Anthem had added meaning at the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers concert in August at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex. .
A little holiday dancing at the Age of Elegance Banquet in December at the Lincoln Recreation Center.
On June 22, College Station participated in the Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson, which brings together tens of thousands of individuals around the world to participate in the same lesson in a 24-hour period.
If you have any doubt that the Brazos Valley Seniors Games is loaded with bonafide athletes, these guys are willing to set you straight on the basketball court.
Kyle Field looms in the background in a picturesque view from the Aggie Field of Honor and Municipal Cemetery.
Councilman John Nichols is sworn into office by Municipal Court Judge Ed Spillane in November. Nichols previously served on the council from 2012-2016.
The renowned U.S. Navy Band Cruisers performed a free concert in early August at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.
Actor and rapper Gregory J. Qaiyum paid a visit to the Lincoln Recreation Center in early October.
When June come around, it means the state 7-on-7 football tournament is back at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex. The event annually features some of the top high school players in Texas.
The 2017 Brazos Valley Senior Games attracted 400 athletes 50 years and older for an Olympic-style competition.
An excited young girl jumps into the arms of her dad as they prepare to watch “Moana” on a 32-foot high inflatable screen at Splash-In Cinema Night at Adamson Lagoon.
In July, the Parks Recreation Department showed the hit movie “Moana” on its 32-foot high inflatable screen at Adamson Lagoon.
Water Production Operator Jared Lapaglia surveys a mass of non-flushables cleared from a waterwater pump.
Judge Ed Spillane administers the oath to new Fire Chief Jonathan McMahan in February.
In July, CSPD took part in a statewide tribute on the anniversary of the ambush that claimed the lives of five Dallas officers.
CSPD officers participated in No Shave November to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and male health in general.
The memorial at Veterans Park Athletic Complex was covered in an elegant layer of snow in early December.
A solemn officer salutes during the 30th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service in May at the American Pavilion at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.
Linda Harvell takes the oath of office from Judge Ed Spillane as her daughter, Cecilee, watches.
The Parks and Recreation Department offers basketball, soccer and bowling programs for those with special needs.
Dog owners had as much fun as their pets at the annual Weiner Fest at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.
Mayor Karl Mooney hangs out with some enthusiastic residents on National Night Out.
A surprise snowstorm seemed to bring the Indian Wars Memorial statues to life on the Lynn Stuart Pathway in Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.
CSUs Jacob Rowe dominated the Annual Apprentice Lineman Rodeo in October at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex. He won three of the five events in a spirited competition against BTU.
As Mayor Karl Mooney looked on, outgoing Councilwoman Blanche Brick donated a print of Norman Rockwell’s famous “Freedom of Speech” to adorn the walls at College Station City Hall.
Casino Day at Southwood Community Center was a popular place to be in September.
A young resident got an up-close look at nature at the Lick Creek Park Nature Center grand opening.
The Monster Bash and Haunted House at the Lincoln Recreaiton Center in October featured a haunted house, carnival games, joy jumps, refreshments, and, of course, plenty of candy.
Bob Brick is sowrn into office by Judge Spillane to fill the seat vacated by his wife, Blanche Brick, who served two terms.
A CSPD officer walks with a group of kids in honor of Juneteenth during the annual Freedom Walk from the Lincoln Recreation Center to the Bush Library and Museum.
Employee of the Year Kevin Harris of CSPD and Mayor Karl Mooney.
College Station firefighters gave free CPR lessons for six hours at three fire stations on May 25 as part of the World CPR Challenge.
A youngster takes a break from the Easter Egg Hunt to enjoy the new playground equipment at W.A. Tarrow Park.
A young visitor explores his wingspan during the grand opening of the Lick Creek Park Nature Center in October.
A trained falcon was part of the festivities at the grand opening of the Lick Creek Park Nature Center in October.
Bocce was a popular activity at the Special Olympics Fall Classic at Veterans Park and Memorial Complex.
Children go for a train ride through Tarrow Park on a perfect December day as part of the annual Breakfast with Santa event at the Lincoln Recreation Center.
The city bid farewell to longtime Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor Lance Jackson in June. Jackson ran the facility for more than 23 years.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt at W.A. Tarrow Park attracts dozens of youngsters each spring.
We were not quite sure who was more excited about Doggie Day at the Pool — the owner or the dog. The event was held in August at Cindy Hallaran Pool.
One of the most popular activities at the Southwood Community Center are the regular Classic Country and Bluegrass Jam Sessions.
In 2017, the Drama Kids class proved to be a welcome addition to the Parks & Recreation Departments summer camp lineup.
An amused College Station police officer showed his patrol car off to a young resident during the annual National Night Out in October.
This pooch enjoyed chasing the tennis ball in Cindy Hallaran Pool during Doggie Day at the Pool in August.
A lineman is silhouetted against the fall sky during the annual Apprentice Lineman Rodeo at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.
A young music fan takes a break with one of CSPDs finest during the U.S. Navy band Cruisers concert at Veterans park and Athletic Complex.
City Secretary Sherry Mashburn shares a laugh with City Manager Kelly Templin at her retirement party in July.
Ret. Gen. Joe Hanover, 99, says the University Drive-Wellborn Road underpass has changed little since he supervised its construction 50 years ago in March. Thanks to Henry Mayo for the photo.
The Toddler 2K and Baby Crawl in early October featured a 25-yard dash and toddlers in a 2K run at Wolf Pen Creek Park.
The Junior Beginner Tennis program attracts dozens of aspiring young players to Bee Creek Park each fall.
A part of the annual Juneteenth celebration, Praises at the Pavilion features spiritual groups, churches, soloists and praise teams giving musical interpretations about a day of jubilee and freedom.
A young participant sprints across the finish line in the Todder 2K at Wolf Pen Creek Park in October.
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Happy New Year!
About the Blogger
Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also been a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.
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