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Rec Room: City plans for new fall event

July 17, 2011 at 2:17 a.m.


By Shane Simon

As the kids are enjoying their vacation from school, and while the hottest summer on record continues to bear down on us, it's fun to think about what lies ahead just a few months from now.

The thought of that first cool front (or less warm front, depending on how you look at it) rolling in is enough to put a smile on your face.

High school football will be in full swing, students are getting their first report cards of the new school year and the realization that several holidays are around the corner begins to sink in.

The Parks and Recreation Department is also thinking ahead and have started the decision-making process that we go through each year with regards to the planning process for some wonderful events this fall.

Believe it or not, the planning for these events begins now, during the time of the year that couldn't be more opposite from the feel of the holiday season. Recreation staff is currently designing a layout and determining props needed for a new fall event, The Haunted Hayride, which will be in conjunction with Zoo Boo.

We want to add an extra spooky element to an already great event for those who enjoy a surprise around every corner.

Initial planning is also taking place for the Christmas Lighted Parade, which will be back downtown this year, and Christmas in the Park to ensure that these events provide a variety of entertainment that everyone can enjoy.

Now, of course, staff continues to implement our current events for this summer. These include the new Summer Market Days on the third weekend of each month, and our Annual Kayak Clinic and River Trip scheduled for Aug. 27.

So after enjoying our summer programs and trying to catch your breath while waiting for the vehicle to cool off after being parked in the Texas sun, smile and consider the fun fall events that are just around the corner.

Before you know it, you will have to decide on which jacket to wear.

Shane Simon is the recreation services manager for the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department. Contact him at 361-485-3200 or ssimon@victoriatx.org or follow us on Facebook at Victoria Parks Recreation.

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