Parks and Recreation

Meyer Senior and Community Center opens in June

By Kelly Kelbly, Assistant Parks & Recreation Director

The Bob & Wanda Meyer Senior and Community Center is within a few weeks of opening!

Work on the floors is still being performed, along with other punch list items, which will clear the way for this senior-focused center to be ready for additional technology installation and new furniture.

Doors will open and programming will begin Monday, June 3, at 8 a.m.

The rescheduled grand opening ceremony will be Wednesday, June 5, at 10 a.m.

If you already have your copy of the College Station Parks & Recreation Summer Guide, then you will see different dates listed. The online version of the guide has the correct grand opening information, along with all the programs that will be offered at the Meyer Senior and Community Center.

For those who may be unaware, the Bob & Wanda Meyer Senior and Community Center is the reimagined, renovated facility formerly occupied by Arts Council of Brazos Valley at 2275 Dartmouth St.

The center will offer three multipurpose rooms, a room for arts and crafts, WiFi, and plenty of space for dances, classes, a wide variety of activities, or just visiting with friends and family.

The center and its senior programming are made possible through generous contributions from the estate of Bob and Wanda Meyer, and is the fulfillment of Bob’s dream for College Station to have a facility that met the social needs of its older citizens.

Learn more at cstx.gov/MeyerCenter or in our Parks & Recreation Summer Guide.

 


kkbioAbout the Blogger

Assistant Director Kelly Kelbly is in her 18th year with the College Station Parks & Recreation Department. A native of Gilmer, Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M.


 

If you found value in this blog post, please share it with your social network and friends!

 


Popular Starlight music series begins Saturday, May 4

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

They say the best things in life are free, and I would have to agree.

After all, one of the best things in College Station each spring is the Starlight Music Series. It’s free, and it begins Saturday, May 4 at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

For nearly two decades, these entertaining concerts have been a favored tradition in our community. Starlight hits the right notes again this season with rock and roll favorites, rising country artists and a little zydeco to get you up and grooving.

Here’s the lineup:

May 4

Kimberly Dunn with guests Judson Cole Band and Ben Kadlecek

Country music artist Kimberly Dunn’s music is intimate and explosive. The San Antonio Aggie’s show has been described as Dolly Parton fronting the Foo Fighters, an irresistible mix that you can bet will be memorable. Her latest album “New Smoke Show” and new single “Sugar Rush” were produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Chad Carlson.

May 18

Hotel California

Traveling from Canada, Hotel California is North America’s best tribute to The Eagles. They look and sound like The Eagles and are the next best thing to The Eagles. Covering all the favorites from “Take it Easy,” to “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “Hotel California.”

June 1

Infinite Journey with guest Cold as Ice

Infinite Journey is an international Journey tribute band based in Dallas that has been performing in high-energy shows across the country since 2012. The five-piece band delivers a musically immersive Journey experience, focusing on the overall sound, solos, and soaring vocals that make Journey iconic.

June 8

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers with guests Mi’chel Rose and Zydeco Players

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers were nominated for a 2018 Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album. They pump out incredible Zydeco music and are incredible showmen. Their interaction with the crowd and the rhythm and blues in their music make it a performance not to miss.

Load up your coolers, blankets and lawn chairs for another packed schedule of open-air tunes at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Here are the details:

  • Gates for all shows open at 6 p.m., with the concerts starting at 7.
  • Free parking is available at Post Oak Mall with handicap parking off Colgate Drive.
  • Coolers and containers must be 48 quarts or smaller.
  • Pets, kegs, and glass aren’t allowed.
  • Kid Zone with inflatable activities will be available.
  • Chairs are welcome but may not occupy blanket-only seating.
  • Smoking isn’t allowed in the main seating area, but we provide designated smoking areas.
  • Concessions are available for purchase.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Backstage Sound & Lightening, Brazos Valley Bombers, AT&T, Candy 95.1, Maverick 100.9, Willy 97.7, and WTAW Newstalk 1620.

For more information visit cstx.gov/starlight, call 979-764-3486, email parks@cstx.gov, or visit the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road.

 


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as a marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

If you found value in this blog post, please share it with your social network and friends!

 


Saturday’s Open House your key to all things summer

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

With summer around the corner, this the perfect time to start thinking about your summer plans. The City of College Station Parks & Recreation Department offers plenty of opportunities for all ages to fill your days with fun.

Join us for the Parks Summer Open House on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon at the Southwood Community Center. Our enthusiastic and experienced staff and instructors will be on site to provide more information and to answer your questions on youth summer camps, senior programs, special events, employment opportunities, aquatic programs athletic leagues and library activities.

Attending the Parks Summer Open House also comes with some perks such as early registration for youth camps and swim lessons and a $5 off coupon for programs or camps. The coupons are limited to one per household.

Keep kids active with our full day and mini summer camps, which offer outdoor exploring, nature discovery, sports, performing and creative arts, out of town field trips and more. Camps are a fun way to keep kids engaged as they create new friendships, learn new skills and build self-esteem in a captivating environment.
Nothing is better than a trip to the pool on a hot summer day. Adamson Lagoon and Cindy Hallaran Pool offer swim lessons, special events, and activities throughout the summer. Strong swimming skills not only make kids safer in the water; they also allow them to have more fun. Our swimming lessons build those skills and teach kids all kinds of aquatic games.

Summer fun isn’t just for the kids. The Parks Department has plenty to offer to adults and seniors, too, with daily activities, open gym, workout classes, athletics, nature programs, aquatic fitness, swim lessons and more.

Looking for a summer job?

If you’re at least 16 years old, you can get paid to play. We’re hiring recreation assistants for youth summer camps to serve as counselors, activity instructors, trip leaders, and support staff. We also need lifeguards for our pools, instructors to teach swim lessons, and Tsunami Swim Team coaches. If you aren’t certified, we offer American Red Cross water safety instructor and lifeguard certification programs.

Visit the Parks Summer Open House to secure your place — you won’t want to miss all the fun!

Online registration begins Monday, April 29. For more information, visit cstx.gov/events or call 979-764-3486.

 


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as a marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

If you found value in this blog post, please share it with your social network and friends!

 


Festive Easter egg hunts aren’t just for kids anymore

By Virginia Godwin, Recreation Supervisor

When I was a kid, a typical Easter Sunday featured an Easter egg hunt after church and a feast with family and friends. As an adult, I may seem satisfied to watch the annual egg hunts from the sidelines, but in reality, I regret missing out on the fun.

I’m still a kid at heart.

If you feel the same way, I have some great news — adult Easter egg hunts are a real thing!

The City of College Station’s Parks and Recreation Department has revamped our traditional egg hunt and created one just for grown-ups 18 years and older — and it’s even glow-in-the-dark.

We invite you to join us on Friday, April 12 from 7-10 p.m. for the Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt at Wolf Pen Creek Park. The nostalgic atmosphere will help you relive your fond childhood memories with tunes from the 80s, 90s, and 00s to awake the adolescent in you.

We’ll have games, joy jumps, and face painting with a touch of the trending selfie booth to document your experience. The egg hunt begins at 9 p.m.

Last year, the parks staff wasn’t sure about what to expect as we strategically hid 10,000 eggs. Our worst-case scenario was if 1,000 attendees showed up, they’d each get 10 eggs. We didn’t realize more than 2,000 adult residents had so sorely missed the Easter egg hunts of the childhood.

We never dreamed we’d have that level of participation for a first-time event.

We planned to hide the eggs throughout the park to spread out the savage hunters. For the most part, the strategy fell flat, but the feedback we received helped us to evaluate and analyze the event effectively. We went back to the drawing board.

This year’s egg hunt will be different.

We have doubled our inventory to 20,000 eggs, which include 20 golden eggs that contain prizes from local businesses. In addition, the entire hunt will be on the Festival Site near the old Arts Council building. Our staff of egg protectors will make sure sneaky hunters don’t pilfer any eggs before the hunt begins!

For the safety and enjoyment of our participants, these two simple rules will be in place:

  • Stay out of the hunt zone until the coordinators officially start the hunt.
  • Keep your hands, feet, and body to yourself. Hitting, kicking, tripping, pushing, body slamming or other forms of physical harm to others will not be tolerated.

Don’t miss out on all the mad fun. It’ll be all that and a bag of chips!

For more information, visit cstx.gov/events or call 979-764-3486.

 


About the Blogger

Virginia Godwin is in her fifth year as recreation supervisor. A College Station native, she previously served as the staff development specialist for Kids’ Klub, the College Station Independent School District’s after-school program.


 

If you found value in this blog post, please share it with your social network and friends!

 

 


Sunday’s Monarch March marks spring migration

UPDATE (3/2): Because of Sunday’s forecast of cold weather, Monarch March has been rescheduled for next Sunday (March 10) from 1-4 p.m.

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

Hello spring, hello monarchs!

The brilliant orange-and-black monarchs are among the most recognizable butterflies that call the Americas home. Texas is fortunate to be among the first states to witness the monarchs’ spring pilgrimage back to their northern homeland.

The Lone Star State and the Brazos Valley are situated between the monarchs’ primary breeding grounds in the north and their wintering areas in the south. That means we get to witness the mesmerizing migration in the spring and fall.

To commemorate the butterflies’ spring journey, the College Station Parks & Recreation Department will host Monarch March on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Lick Creek Nature Center. Admission is free.

Monarch March is a fitting tribute to the winged creatures that graze our landscape each spring. The day will be full of interactive and educational activities with the help of community organizations such as Brazos County Master Gardeners, Brazos Valley Master Naturalists, Texas A&M Entomology Department, Urban Interface, A&M Garden Club, and Butterflies in the Brazos.

Experts from these groups will host a booth that instills an appreciation for wildlife through fun, educational activities. Events will include a march through Lick Creek Park’s premier monarch waystation, butterfly arts and crafts, learning about butterfly wings, a migration obstacle course, how to create a waystation or butterfly garden, and much more.

Monarch March celebrates this fascinating time of year while spreading the word about the importance of creating habitats to support these beautiful winged creatures.

Join us as we welcome the iconic black and orange butterflies back into Aggieland!

For more information, visit cstx.gov/monarchs or call 979-764-6216.


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as a marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


 

If you found value in this blog post, please share it with your social network and friends!

 


400 athletes reach for gold at CS Senior Games

UPDATE (2/21): Due to expected poor weather conditions, the cycling event has been canceled. 

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Some senior athletes come out for the camaraderie, while others come to socialize and catch up with old friends. Others just come to experience the thrill of victory.

More than 400 athletes between the ages of 49-89 will go for the gold in the College Station Senior Games from Friday through Sunday at venues across our community. Participants include 345 visitors from outside B-CS and 117 women.  About 240 volunteers — mostly Texas A&M students — will help manage the event. (more…)