Celebrating Juneteenth by remembering Lincoln High

Celebrating Juneteenth by remembering Lincoln High

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 it started in Texas. As part of that celebration, let’s look back at the proud history of what began as Lincoln High School. Continue reading Celebrating Juneteenth by remembering Lincoln High

Renovation moves Lincoln Center into a bright new age

Renovation moves Lincoln Center into a bright new age

By Kelly Kelbly, Recreation Supervisor

Lincoln Recreation CenterThroughout February, you’ve heard a lot about the Lincoln Recreation Center’s rich past. We’ll always respect the historical significance of the facility, but as African-American History Month comes to a close, it’s appropriate to take a closer look at what lies ahead.

After all, the spirit of the old Lincoln School’s motto — “Forever Forward, Never Backward” – speaks to the future, not the past.

In the 2008 bond election, College Station residents approved plans to expand the overcrowded recreation center. In the years since, city staff has worked with architects, design firms, and citizens to develop plans to update the facility to meet our community’s growing needs and expectations.

Construction is expected to start in a few months with the grand opening scheduled for next year.

What does this mean for you?  Continue reading “Renovation moves Lincoln Center into a bright new age”

Lincoln alumni blazed an impressive trail of achievement

Lincoln alumni blazed an impressive trail of achievement

By Lance Jackson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor

In Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, he said “the world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to unfinished work…”

Lincoln’s eloquent words were about the battlefield, but they could apply to the legacy of the College Station school that once bore his name. It’s fitting to reflect on that heritage as we observe African-American History Month.

From 1941-65, the Lincoln School educated children from elementary grades through high school. The development and history of the Lincoln Recreation Center mirror the achievements of the many students who walked those hallways.

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Lincoln Center, neighborhood thrive after years of investment

Lincoln Center, neighborhood thrive after years of investment

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By Steve Beachy, Former Parks & Recreation Director (1978-2007)

In 1978, the Lincoln Center and the surrounding neighborhood were in a severe state of neglect.

The old school buildings showed the years of little or no maintenance. Holleman Drive was a narrow roadway with broken pavement and no curbs or gutters. Eleanor Street and adjacent streets were unpaved and had a tendency to become impassable during heavy rains. Sidewalks, street lights, and paved parking were nonexistent.

The area also had numerous substandard homes, vacant houses and properties overgrown with weeds and brush. The poorly maintained softball field and two youth baseball fields fell far short of meeting the needs of our small but growing college-oriented community.

A lack of funding for potential improvements made the situation grim.

A steady renaissance Continue reading “Lincoln Center, neighborhood thrive after years of investment”