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RecCreation boxes help you connect, create and celebrate 

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

What adventures await when you press pause on technology?

Let the Parks & Recreation Department guide you and your family with College Station RecCreations, a monthly activity box that provides guided at-home recreation. RecCreations is much more than a single-session box. It offers activities and resources that can keep you unplugged and engaged throughout the month and beyond.

We have two boxes to choose from — family and older adult. Both are loaded with practical, accessible, and fun ways to reconnect with the wondrous world beyond our electronic screens.

Are you ready to schedule your adventure? Here’s the available options:

Choose Your Box

Family Box (Ages 5+)

The box features 10-15 activities that encourage families to play, create, learn, build, laugh, and celebrate. Themes explore nature, wildlife, art, sports, safety, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Best for families with kids ages 5+, but younger kids can participate with a partner’s help. Step-by-step instructions and materials are included.

Older Adult Box (Ages 55+)

The box includes 10-15 seasonal activities that encourage movement, cognitive thinking, and creativity through at-home exercises that can be completed alone or with a friend. Keep yourself engaged for hours in the many creative ways we prepared just for you. Best for individuals ages 55+. Easy instructions and needed supplies are included.

Choose your Subscription

MONTHLY OPTION • $35 PER BOX                                      
October — Register thru Sept. 25
November — Register thru Oct. 23
December — Register thru Nov. 20
January — Register thru Dec. 18

SEASONAL OPTION • $120 (save $20!)
Get All Four Boxes                   
October-January —  Register thru Sept. 25

Choose Pick-Up or Delivery

Boxes may be picked up the first full week of the month at the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. If you call 979-764-3486 when you arrive, we’ll bring it out for curbside pickup.

College Station residents can also choose free, contactless delivery to your doorstep.

PICK-UP / DELIVERY DATES
October — Oct. 5-9
November — Nov. 2-6
December — Dec. 7-11
January —  Jan. 4-8

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

 


About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


 

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Celebrate your child’s B’Earthday at Lick Creek

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Are you looking for a unique birthday experience for your young explorers to celebrate their special day? The Lick Creek Nature Center has the solution.

This fall, the Lick Creek Nature Center is offering B’EARTHday Packages that can be purchased for $75 when you rent a meeting room, outdoor classroom, or the amphitheater. Rentals range from $25-$120 depending on the facility and your residency status. B’EARTHday Packages also include an hour-long activity and hike led by staff.

The package costs cover parties of 10 kids and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Up to five additional children can be added for $10 each. The birthday child and siblings under three years old are free and don’t count toward the party.

Renters are required to supervise the party and ensure that educational items are used properly and put away. At least two adult chaperones are required at all times, including the hike. Renters must also follow rental policies regarding set-up and clean-up.

We offer three categories based on your child’s interests and age group:

BUGGIN’ OUT • Ages 3-8 • March 1-Nov. 22

Discover the insects that call Lick Creek Park home. Our hike includes a scavenger hunt as we explore the habitats and food sources of local bugs. Activities include crafts and exhibits showcasing our many-legged friends.

DIGGIN’ FOR DINOS • Ages 4-8 • All Seasons 

Calling all explorers! We need your expertise as we explore what makes dinosaurs so great. Activities include digging for dinosaurs, creating our own fossils, and observing dinosaur characteristics. Kids enjoy a fun lesson in an exciting, enriching hands-on environment.

GROW AS WE GO • Ages 7-12 • All Seasons

Sharpen your horticulture skills as we take a look at the plants around us. We’ll discover what plants need to survive and the importance of our interactions with the environment. Activities include crafts, a hike, and planting your own seeds.

With a variety of packages to choose from, the Lick Creek Nature Center has something for every young nature enthusiast’s birthday celebration.

The Parks and Recreation Department follows federal, state, city, and county guidelines to help avoid exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at events, programs, and facilities. Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms with a temperature above 99.5 F degrees, or has come in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, is prohibited from participating or attending events or programs.

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

 


About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


 

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Which furry Parks Pal will you adopt?

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

The College Station Parks & Recreation Department and Brazos Valley Marine Corps League have rescued 1,120 Parks Pals that need a home. That’s 272 dogs, 291 cats, 290 rabbits, and 267 unicorns, to be exact.

Typical Parks Pals are sad balls of fur until someone adopts them, names them, loves them, and takes them on adventures. You know you’ve always wanted one.

Here’s your chance — and they’re free. (more…)


Pandemic spotlights vital role of parks and recreation

 

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

The services and programs provided by municipal parks and recreation departments have always been indispensable to a community’s well-being and overall quality of life. If that wasn’t clear before the COVID-19 pandemic, it certainly is now.

A survey by the National Recreation and Park Association found that 83% of adults say exercising at local parks, trails, and open spaces has been vital to maintaining their mental and physical health during the outbreak.

We celebrate Park and Recreation Month throughout July by highlighting the powerful role our College Station Parks and Recreation staff and professionals across the country play in health and wellness, conservation, economic impact, and social equity.

In College Station, our nationally-recognized program ensures that residents and visitors have adequate access to parks and green space. Our inventory includes 54 developed and seven undeveloped parks covering almost 1,400 acres. Amenities include: 

  • 35.5 miles of walking trails
  • 44 exercise stations
  • 58 play units
  • 28 swing sets
  • 3 dog parks
  • 1 skate park
  • 10 ponds

We invite you to join us in celebrating Park and Recreation Month by picking up a grab bag filled with parks-themed coloring pages, activities, monarch-friendly milkweed seeds, and more. Stop by the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office on weekdays between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you call 979-764-3486 when you arrive, we’ll bring it out for curbside pickup.

 


About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


 

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Celebrating Juneteenth by remembering Lincoln High

1945 Panthers Football Team

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

With Friday commemorating the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth, it’s fitting that we also celebrate the 40th anniversary of College Station’s Lincoln Recreation Center.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, and since it started in Texas, we should proudly proclaim it as uniquely ours. As part of that celebration, let’s look back at the proud history of what began as Lincoln High School.

History

More than 2,000 people came to Brazos County as slaves. Formal education didn’t exist until the Public Schools Act of 1871, but by 1923, 127 African-American students were enrolled in the A&M Consolidated School District. The district accommodated only elementary school students until it began busing pupils to Bryan’s Kemp High School.

In the 1930s, the number of African-American students steadily grew along with tuition and transportation costs. After approval in the 1941 bond election, the school district purchased five acres of land for $500 to build a high school.

The A&M Consolidated Negro School opened its doors for the 1941-42 academic year and had six classrooms, a principal’s office, and a homemaking cottage. The school continued to flourish and expanded to 296 children and 10 teachers. In 1945, the school purchased a small plot of land a block away for an athletic field.

The following year, the school’s name was changed to Lincoln High School, and Willie A. Tarrow was named principal. Tennis courts, an industrial arts shop, a science building, and a gymnasium were added in the next decade.

Social Hub

Lincoln High School served as the social hub for College Station’s black community and developed a distinctive personality as it grew. The school colors were purple and gold, and students chose the panther as their mascot. The memorable motto was, “Forward forever, backward never,” and its song was, “O’ Lincoln High.”

Discussions about integrating the A&M Consolidated School District began in 1956. After a series of meetings and seminars, officials adopted a wait-and-see approach. In the early 1960s, the school district received notice that the NAACP was requesting immediate integration of the city’s schools.

The district’s integration plan used a stair-step method through which black elementary students would be fused with white elementary students one grade at a time. Each year, a new class would leave Lincoln and become integrated. Attendance at Lincoln became voluntary.

Two of Lincoln’s teachers were reassigned to A&M Consolidated High School, and several white teachers were relocated to Lincoln. By 1965, grades 1-2 had been phased into the A&M Consolidated school system.

Devastating Fire

In early 1966, a fire destroyed one of the three classroom buildings, displacing 100 students. The facilities weren’t rebuilt, and the fire’s cause was never determined, although some speculated it was intentionally set to hasten integration. The local newspaper claimed several mysterious fires were started by an unknown arsonist around that time.

At the end of the 1965-66 school year, Lincoln’s doors were closed for good. The remaining students were integrated into other A&M Consolidated schools.

In 1967, an informal agreement between the City of College Station and the school district allowed the property to be used temporarily as a city park. Small church groups used the buildings for occasional gatherings. A year later, the school district agreed to lease the land and facilities to the city for 10 years. The College Station Parks and Recreation Department moved into Lincoln, and the facilities were used for continuing education classes and as a neighborhood recreation center.

City property next to the school became a sports field. The homemaking cottage served as the department’s office, and the industrial arts shop was converted into a maintenance shop. The city bought the land in 1978 and completely refurbished the buildings.

Lincoln Recreation Center

In 1980, the Lincoln Recreation Center was officially dedicated, serving as a tribute to the school that once stood on the site. The center is home for many community activities, including youth and senior programs, an immunization program, and an emergency management site.

Still, the memories and influences of Lincoln High School remain, and its many trophies are proudly displayed. As the first and only African-American high school in College Station, the building proudly displays an official Texas historical subject marker for African-American education.

In 1982, former students formed the Lincoln Former Students Association. In addition to organizing biennial reunions, the group provides scholarships for black students and is dedicated to preserving their heritage and memories.

A $4.3 million expansion was completed in 2019, adding a new gymnasium, additional office and meeting space, and other improvements and renovations. Today, the Lincoln Recreation Center continues its rich legacy of learning, community pride, and freedom.

Reference: Lincoln School “Black Education in College Station,” was started by Jean Clark Robinson and completed by Debbie Joystick.

 


About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


 

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Family-Friendly Starlight Music Series hits 19th year

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

For 19 years, the Starlight Music Series has attracted music lovers of all kinds for free, family-friendly entertainment under the stars at the beautiful Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

The 2020 Starlight Music Series begins May 2, followed by shows on May 16, May 30, and June 6. We invite families, friends, and visitors to bring your picnic baskets, coolers, blankets, and lawn chairs for four Saturday nights of rockin’ fun.

Here’s the lineup:


May 2: Britishmania

The legend lives on with Britishmania, the World’s Best Beatles tribute band. With mind-blowing performances and true-to-era attire, Britishmania recreates the revolution that changed the world. The foursome delivers note-for-note theatrical performances that will take you back in time.


May 16: Bidi Bidi Banda with guest Quimikoz Del Son

Bidi Bidi Banda is Austin’s first all-star Selena tribute. Composed of members of some of Austin’s premier Latin bands, Bidi Bidi Banda is the dream of Stephanie Bergara, a native Austinite who grew up listening to Tejano radio and singing to a hairbrush while wearing her mother’s red lipstick. The band’s interpretation of Selena’s greatest hits will leave you belting lyrics, doing the washing machine, and reliving greatness of the Queen of Tejano Music.


May 30: Infinite Journey with guest Desperado

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


June 6: Cupid & the Dance Party Express with guests Mi’Chel Rose and the Zydeco Players

Louisiana-born R&B vocalist Bryson Bernard, popularly known as Cupid, first sang in his church choir and was encouraged by his pastor father. Cupid shuffled his way into the hearts of millions with the up-tempo party song, “Cupid Shuffle,” which also inspired the popular dance craze of the same name.


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

Here are more details:

  • Gates 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.
  • 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.

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

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


 

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