Pandemic spotlights vital role of parks and recreation

Pandemic spotlights vital role of parks and recreation

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. 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. Continue reading Pandemic spotlights vital role of parks and recreation

Celebrate Park & Recreation Month at a park near you

Celebrate Park & Recreation Month at a park near you

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Park-Rec-month-poster-8x11College Station’s Parks & Recreation Department maintains 55 parks covering almost 1,400 acres, not to mention a variety of recreational facilities and programs. In fact, we like to think we have something to offer everyone.

But it wasn’t always like this.

In honor of Park and Recreation Month, let’s review our local parks and recreation history and see just how far we’ve come.

Where we were then

Not long after College Station incorporated in 1938 – with a population of about 2,000 – the first city council created a parks board to manage public parks and grounds. In 1947, the city purchased land from F.B. Clark and Hershel Burgess to establish our first municipal park.

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