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Lincoln Center’s beautiful mural continues to inspire

In 1954, the Supreme Court ordered the integration of schools through the landmark Brown v Board of Education case. It wasn’t until the 1960s that our local black high school, Lincoln High, faced the order’s impact. 

Lincoln High and the surrounding neighborhood had served as the black community’s hub for decades. Resistance was felt in both the black and white communities, ultimately leading to the school’s closure. In 1967, the school district began leasing the land to the city as a park, with the town eventually buying the property in 1978. 

We have since seen the Lincoln Recreation Center’s renovation and growth as a symbol of unity, togetherness, and community. In the mid-1990s, Lillian “Jean” Clark Robinson, the center’s former supervisor, commissioned a mural in the original gymnasium to honor iconic black leaders.

Texas A&M architecture professor Russell Reid created the mural, which became known as “Heroes.” The work was dedicated in 1995, and Reid added Robinson’s image about a year later.

Maya Angelou once wrote, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” As part of African American History Month, we wanted to highlight historical figures — national and local — who fought to “do better” and are represented in the mural.  

  • Booker T. Washington founded Tuskegee University and was revered as the smartest and most educated black man of his time.  
  • Barbara Jordan was the first African American congresswoman from the South. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. used the power of speech and calm to fight for equal rights peacefully. 
  • Gen. Colin Powell was the first African American secretary of state.  
  • Maya Angelou used poetry and the gift of speech as a civil rights activist.  
  • W.A. Tarrow, the surrounding park’s namesake, was Lincoln High’s principal during segregation. 
  • Lillian “Jean” Clark Robinson fought for increased services in her community.  

The faces and stories illustrated in the simple mural inspire us to know better and do better. 

We encourage you to visit the Lincoln Recreation Center to view this piece of history, then talk with your children and neighbors about the historical significance of those on the mural and how to continue their mission.  


About the Blogger

Interim Director Kelly Kelbly is in her 20th year with the College Station Parks & Recreation Department. A native of Gilmer, Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M.


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Reopening of city’s senior programs delayed

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

The recent rise in local COVID-19 cases has led the Parks and Recreation Department to delay the reopening of senior programs at the Lincoln Recreation Center and Meyer Senior and Community Center. Limited programs had been scheduled to resume on Jan. 19.

As we’ve been making plans to reopen spaces, facilities, and programs, we’ve understood the harsh reality that phased re-openings aren’t an immediate return to normal operations. They include tough decisions and necessary and appropriate measures to reduce the risks of community transmission.

These considerations don’t mean senior programming won’t return in the spring. We’ll re-evaluate the program every two weeks starting on Jan. 25. We’re also thinking about more outdoor programming to keep our senior demographic socially engaged and moving. 

We recognize the essential role we play in our community’s quality of life, especially during these challenging times. We are faithfully working to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities while responsibly addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. 

We encourage you to get outside and enjoy one of the 54 developed parks with fun-filled amenities near you. We’d love to see and hear ways you are using the outdoors to change your outlook during the pandemic.

For more information, contact us at 979-764-3486 or


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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Senior programs return Jan. 19 on limited basis

UPDATE (1/14/21): The recent rise in local COVID-19 cases has led the Parks and Recreation Department to delay the reopening of senior programs. We’ll re-evaluate the program every two weeks. 

By Katy Peterson, Senior Services Coordinator

The Parks and Recreation Department is delighted to start 2021 by welcoming senior adults (ages 55+) back to our facilities. The staff has worked diligently on a smooth return to our programs in the safest possible way.  

The Meyer Senior and Community Center and Lincoln Recreation Center open for limited programming on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Class sizes are limited to 10 and require advance registration. Programs include shading with colored pencils, Foreversize, line dancing, bingo, movie club, computer club, and basic jewelry making.

Members can rest assured that the Parks and Recreation Department follows CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines. Members must:

  • Follow facility policies regarding behavior, hygiene, health practices, social distancing, and CDC recommendations. 
  • Wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.
  • Register for programs and pass a wellness screening that includes a verbal questionnaire and temperature check when entering the facility.
  • Enter the facility no more than 15 minutes before the scheduled class. When your class is completed, exit the building within five minutes to allow the staff time to sanitize appropriately and prepare for the next session.  
  • Bring their coffee, drinks, and snacks. Refreshments aren’t provided.

The changes will take getting used to, but we’re all looking forward to our new normal while welcoming old and new faces into our programs.

To learn more about our senior programs and protocols, visit or call 979-764-6371.


Katy Peterson is in her eighth year with the Parks and Recreation Department. She previously served as the tourism and educational sales manager at Moody Gardens in Galveston. She also worked for The Texas A&M University System Offices, Treasury Services, and Department of Risk Management under Chancellor Robert McTeer for several years.


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January’s Dream Works in Action celebrates Dr. King

By Cheletia Johnson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor

As an esteemed humanitarian, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered many speeches of HOPE: 

  • Humanity: Treat others with decency and kindness.
  • Open-Minded: Agree to disagree and respect our differences.
  • Patience: Slow down and take a deep breath.
  • Elevate: Inspire yourself and others. 

During national turmoil in 1963, Dr. King gave his immortal “I Have A Dream” speech that created an expectation of positive change. His compelling words still resound 57 years later as our nation again faces uncertainties. 

We invite you to join us throughout January for Dream Works in Action at the Lincoln Recreation Center as we embark on another year of commemorating Dr. King’s life and legacy. Participation is free.

Here’s the schedule of events:

Wednesdays in January

Virtual Community Bible Study (ages 14+), 6:30-8 p.m.

Local pastors lead Bible studies about peace, love, and unity. Registration is required and ends the day before class. Participants will be emailed instructions to participate online through Zoom.

  • Jan. 6: Rev. Dan DeLeon, Friends Congregational Church, College Station
  • Jan. 13: Rev. Eleanor Colvin, First United Methodist Church, College Station
  • Jan. 20: TBA
  • Jan. 27: Rev. Sam Hill, North Bryan New Birth Baptist Church, Bryan

Friday, Jan. 15

Keep the Dream Alive Celebration, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join an evening of praise honoring Dr. King. Hear words of empowerment from Brandon Jakes, former Lincoln Recreation Center staff, and uplifting spirituals performed by guests. Special recognition will be bestowed on those who have made a significant impact in our community. Spots are limited, and registration ends Jan. 13.

Saturday, Jan. 16

Drive-Thru Health & Wellness Fair, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Grab a bag filled with health and fitness resources and tips, along with information about area wellness assets. Drivers should enter from the south side parking lot off Eleanor Street.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Virtual Job Fair (ages 16+), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Are you looking for a new job? The job fair is an ideal opportunity to connect with local employers who are hiring. It’s offered in partnership with the BCS Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley. Registration is required and ends on Jan. 20. Participants will be emailed instructions to participate online through Zoom.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Financial Literacy (ages 18+), 6:30-8 p.m.

Learn about financial literacy and understand how to make better money decisions. Topics include budgeting, saving, debt, investing, giving, and guarding against credit repair scams. Register through Jan. 20.

When Dr. King said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope,” it brought a sense of calm and inspired us never to lose faith. Among the many lessons we can learn from Dr. King is never giving up — brighter days are ahead!

For more information about Lincoln Recreation Center events and programs, call us at 979-764-3779.


About the Blogger

Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor Cheletia Johnson is a College Station native who grew up near the LRC. She has worked with the City of College Station for over 25 years. Cheletia earned a bachelor’s degree in community health from Texas A&M and a master’s in counseling from Prairie View A&M.


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LRC program provides safe after-school option

By Isaiah Smith, Lincoln Recreation Center Assistant Supervisor

In times of so much uncertainty, one thing is sure — parents need after-school care for their children. That’s where the Lincoln Recreation Center comes in with our after-school program for kids ages 6-15.

While many of our procedures have been altered, we’re still devoted to providing the same high-quality program that parents expect. The program’s students receive help with their homework from qualified tutors, create unique arts and crafts projects, and socialize safely with their peers.  

The Parks & Recreation Department maintains a safe and fun atmosphere and has implemented policies and procedures to ensure safety. We practice social distancing, limit the number of guests, and require masks. Staff and participants are screened daily, and the facility is cleaned following CDC guidelines. 

The spring semester runs from Jan. 5-May 21. You can register online or by calling 979.764.3779. Qualifying households can drop off proof of eligibility on weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Lincoln Recreation Center. 

Space is limited, and participants must be engaged in on-site classroom learning through CSISD. Dates are subject to change, and the program will follow the CSISD schedule.

For more information, go to or call 979.764.3779.


About the Blogger

Isaiah Smith is in his first year as the assistant supervisor at the Lincoln Recreation Center. He worked part-time at the LRC for four years while attending Texas A&M. A native of Caddo Mills, Isaiah earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2018.


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A new look for our winter youth basketball leagues

By Bobbie Cantu, Athletics Supervisor

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink and create new ways to safely enjoy and play sports. With the arrival of November, you may wonder what the City of College Station’s winter youth basketball season will look like.

Youth basketball provides boys and girls in two age divisions — 8-10 and 10-12-year olds — a chance to learn basic skills such as strategy, teamwork, and leadership. The program will be slightly different this year due to facility restrictions and safety procedures at the Lincoln Recreation Center

Rest assured that the Parks and Recreation Department follows CDC and local guidelines regarding COVID-19 and youth sports. Specific safety protocols include:

  • You must cover both the nose and mouth to enter and stay on the premises unless you are actively participating. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the LRC.
  • On-site staff members are subject to a verbal wellness screening when they arrive and will be required to wear appropriate PPE during their shifts.
  • The facility is thoroughly sanitized before and after each practice or game with EPA-approved products.
  • Participants and coaches are allowed to bring only one spectator inside the facility for each game or practice.

Registration runs through Jan. 3 and is limited to 160 participants for each division to ensure safe social distancing. You are encouraged to sign up early. The league runs from Jan. 11-March 11, with age divisions assigned based on players’ ages as of Jan. 1. 

Register online or by calling 979-764-3486 or stopping by the Central Park office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays. The cost is $70 per participant.

Games are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6:30-9:30 p.m. Practices are on Saturdays between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Times are subject to change based on the final number of teams. Practices and games will take place at the Lincoln Recreation Center. Each player accumulates at least two quarters of playing time for each game they play.

Volunteer Coaches Needed 

Parents are their kids’ greatest fans, and we encourage you to get involved as a volunteer coach. Without dedicated volunteers, our programs can’t grow and prosper. We need coaches for every age division. No experience is required, and we provide you with the help and resources you need for a fun and successful season

To apply as a volunteer coach, complete the form at Volunteers must also complete a background check.


About the Blogger Athletics Supervisor Bobbie Cantu is in her third year with the Parks and Recreation Department. A native of Weslaco, she earned bachelor’s (2017) and master’s (2019) degrees in Sport Management from Texas A&M.

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