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Saturday’s Open House your key to all things summer

By Hallie Hutchins, Parks & Recreation Marketing Assistant

With summer around the corner, this the perfect time to start thinking about your summer plans. The City of College Station Parks & Recreation Department offers plenty of opportunities for all ages to fill your days with fun.

Join us for the Parks Summer Open House on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon at the Southwood Community Center. Our enthusiastic and experienced staff and instructors will be on site to provide more information and to answer your questions on youth summer camps, senior programs, special events, employment opportunities, aquatic programs athletic leagues and library activities.

Attending the Parks Summer Open House also comes with some perks such as early registration for youth camps and swim lessons and a $5 off coupon for programs or camps. The coupons are limited to one per household.

Keep kids active with our full day and mini summer camps, which offer outdoor exploring, nature discovery, sports, performing and creative arts, out of town field trips and more. Camps are a fun way to keep kids engaged as they create new friendships, learn new skills and build self-esteem in a captivating environment.
Nothing is better than a trip to the pool on a hot summer day. Adamson Lagoon and Cindy Hallaran Pool offer swim lessons, special events, and activities throughout the summer. Strong swimming skills not only make kids safer in the water; they also allow them to have more fun. Our swimming lessons build those skills and teach kids all kinds of aquatic games.

Summer fun isn’t just for the kids. The Parks Department has plenty to offer to adults and seniors, too, with daily activities, open gym, workout classes, athletics, nature programs, aquatic fitness, swim lessons and more.

Looking for a summer job?

If you’re at least 16 years old, you can get paid to play. We’re hiring recreation assistants for youth summer camps to serve as counselors, activity instructors, trip leaders, and support staff. We also need lifeguards for our pools, instructors to teach swim lessons, and Tsunami Swim Team coaches. If you aren’t certified, we offer American Red Cross water safety instructor and lifeguard certification programs.

Visit the Parks Summer Open House to secure your place — you won’t want to miss all the fun!

Online registration begins Monday, April 29. For more information, visit or call 979-764-3486.


About the Blogger

Hallie Hutchins is in her fourth year as a marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


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A tribute to the noble legacy of the late Bob Meyer


By Kelly Kelbly, Recreation Manager

When I worked at the Southwood Community Center, Robert “Bob” Meyer would join me every morning for a cup of coffee.

As time went on, I found myself arriving just a little earlier to greet Mr. Meyer. I came to cherish his perspective and insight as I went about my daily routine. In parks and recreation, we convince ourselves we’re here to make a difference in your life when, in reality, it often turns out the other way.

When Mr. Meyer passed away in 2013 at the age of 81, he left about $750,000 to benefit senior programs in the Parks & Recreation Department. On Tuesday, we dedicated a plaque at Southwood honoring the memory of Mr. Meyer and his lovely wife, Wanda.

Mr. Meyer was a loyal member of Southwood. He served on our Senior Advisory Committee, participated in many of our programs and activities, and volunteered each year assisting head start kids at Pool Trout Fish Out. He and Wanda never had children, and after Wanda passed away, Bob adopted the staff and other members of Southwood as his family.

As it turns out, Mr. Meyer did not just impact me. His presence was felt by many of our seniors as well. The beauty of who he was isn’t that he was a great man who accomplished great things. The simplicity is what makes him truly special. He was a simple and good man who served others.

Thank you, Mr. Meyer, for being a bright spot in our world.

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kkbioAbout the Author

Kelly Kelbly is in her 15th 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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Aggie brings Food Safety 101 tour to College Station


By Kristina Beaugh, USDA Public Affairs Specialist

Did you know about 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning every year? Infections from foodborne pathogens can lead to diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, upset stomach, fever, and dehydration.

Older adults can be more susceptible to foodborne sicknesses and related illnesses, which can have serious complications. For example, our stomachs may not produce enough acid to reduce the number of bacteria in our intestinal tract, resulting in infection.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is hosting a free Food Safety 101 for Older Adults program at nine senior centers across the country, including a stop in College Station on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Southwood Community Center.

Developed with the National Council on Aging, the program aims to educate older adults about the basics of food safety and to encourage them to follow the steps needed to prevent foodborne illness in their homes. Though food safety is important all year long, Food Safety 101 for Older Adults focuses on the summer. Bacteria grow faster in warm weather, so extra steps need to be taken to prevent food poisoning.

As a former student at Texas A&M (Class of ’14), I’m delighted to bring the food safety tour to College Station. Leading our presentation will be USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety Alfred V. Almanza.

Join us to learn some great food safety information just in time for summer. We’ll serve light refreshments, and you could go home with a new digital food thermometer!

Kristina BeaughAbout the Author

Kristina Beaugh (@kebeaugh) is a Public Affairs Specialist for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Originally from New Orleans, she graduated from the Louisiana-Lafayette in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and from Texas A&M in 2014 with a master’s in health promotion and community health sciences. While attending A&M, Kristina worked for the College Station Parks and Recreation Department as facility and event supervisor at Southwood Community Center.


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Our after-school programs offer activities, responsible supervision

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

6261843642_834254905f_oAs parents, caregivers and students across the Brazos Valley gear up to start a new school year, they should also consider enrolling in the City of College Station’s after-school programs.

High-quality after-school programs help keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and serve as a source of support and comfort to working families.

According to the Afterschool Alliance, the number of kids unsupervised after 3 p.m. has declined, but 20 percent still don’t have someone to care for them after school. In many cases, cost and a lack of transportation keep families from enrolling in a program.

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Traveling South Koreans to teach senior fitness class

institutelogoeng-1The monumental success of the Brazos Valley Senior Games in February opened a lot of eyes in the Brazos Valley. With more than 400 athletes above the age of 50 participating, the College Station Parks and Recreation Department also needed plenty of volunteer help to make the event succeed.

Among the dozens of enthusiastic volunteers were Dr. Jinmoo Heo and many of his students from Texas A&M’s Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences Department. The games’ participation numbers prompted Dr. Heo to approach the city about a traveling fitness program sponsored by South Korea’s Global Senior Health Promotion Institute.

With Dr. Heo’s assistance, we reached out to the institute and it graciously added a stop in College Station to its busy schedule. A four-member team will lead a free one-hour senior fitness class on Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at Southwood Community Center, focusing on grace, balance and control.


Come & Skate It: They came, they skated … and we still have t-shirts!

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Growing up in a small town with a Class 3A high school, I had plenty of opportunities to participate in traditional sports. We didn’t have to try out, we just told the coach — who usually doubled as the science, history or government teacher — that we wanted to be on the team.

In College Station, the sheer size of the school district requires kids to try out for sports teams and some kids don’t make the cut. That’s why the Parks and Recreation Department works hard to encourage alternatives such as skateboarding. The G. Hysmith Skate Park, which opened in 2011, is one of the nation’s premiere skate parks and integrates street, bowl and pool elements, forming a perfect combination for skaters of all skill levels.