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
Those of us who work in the Park and Recreation industry know it isn’t always fun and games, but since July is National Park and Recreation Month, we want to celebrate everything that makes our field fun and full of joy and excitement. Continue reading Parks and Rec offers many ways to get your game on
What better way to celebrate Parks & Recreation Month in July than to explore the beautiful parks that significantly enhance our community’s quality of life. With College Station’s 50 developed parks covering more than 1,300 acres, we have plenty of room and activities for everyone. Continue reading 5 awesome things to discover in our beautiful parks
By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator
College 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.