Rec Room: Victoria offers many recreational opportunities
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Have you ever found it amazing that you can live in a particular place for a long while, maybe all your life, and one day realize there are places you didn't know about or realize even existed within the community that you live?
How could this happen right under our noses? There are numerous impediments within our daily lives that keep us from stopping and smelling the roses.
The Parks and Recreation Department often gets calls related to questions or concerns dealing with Victoria's lack of facilities with regards to sports and leisure.
The typical call will sound similar to "why can't we have facilities like the other surrounding towns?" or "They have 10 basketball courts and Victoria has only one."
Obviously, this is information that is false and offers a great opportunity to educate the caller on all the facilities available around the city. All of the facilities in the Parks and Recreation Department may be found in one place - the Parks 2025 Master Plan.
I want to take this opportunity to share them with you:• Boulevard Park, 2204 Rose Drive, 1.40 acres, one half basketball court, playground, signage.
• Brownson Park, 202 N. Laurent St., .90 acres, full basketball court, playground, three picnic units with grills, open space.
• Community Center Park, 111 N. Ben Wilson St., 73.17 acres, covered full basketball pavilion, swimming pool, playground, two soccer fields, four lighted tennis courts with pro shop, seven covered picnic units with barbecue grills, 12 lighted ball fields and signage.
• De Leon Plaza, 101 N. Main St., 1.77 acres, bandstand, three monuments, 16 decorative lights, 39 benches, state and national historic site.
• Ethel Lee Tracy Park, 701 E. Larkspur St., 30.5 acres, amphitheater, pavilion, sand volleyball court, playground, basketball court, two unlighted tennis courts, horseshoe pits, nine hole disc golf course.
• Greenbelt Park, 109 Harpers Ferry, 12.87 acres, open space, lighting, signage.
• Hopkins Park, 505 S. Laurent St., 11.58 acres, full basketball court, playground, pavilion, benches, signage.
• Lone Tree Creek Park, 4009 E. Airline Road, 127.99 acres, currently under development - water playground, shade structure, restroom, practice ball fields, natural area and parking.
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 3808 Callis St., 1.72 acres, full basketball court, playground, pavilion, benches, signage.
• Meadowlane Park, 3202 Meadowlane, 1.2 acres, playground, multi-use court, benches, five picnic units with barbecue grills.
• Memorial Square, 402 N. DeLeon St., 1.2 acres, five monuments, signage.
• Pine Street Community Park, 802 E. Pine St., 3.3 acres, full basketball court, five picnic tables, playground, two backstops, signage.
• Queen City Park, 2202 N. Cameron St., 2.11 acres, full basketball court, pavilion, signage.
• Riverside Park, 405 Memorial Drive, 565.08 acres, administration building, rose garden, children's park, 27 hole golf course, two challenger ball fields, baseball stadium, two senior league fields, duck pond, picnic units with grills, two playgrounds, boat ramp, 1.5-mile walking trail, basketball court, three restrooms, five pavilions, 18-space RV park, paddling access trail, two sand volleyball courts, three gazebos, signage, Texas Zoo.
• Ted B. Reed Park, 1201 Salem Road, 10 acres, pavilion with restroom, two handball courts, playground, quarter-mile walking trail, basketball court, baseball backstop, signage.
• Will Rogers Park, 1108 E. Warren St., 1.90 acres, full basketball court, playground, open space, signage.
The information above does not include facilities owned and managed by other organizations, but that information is included in the complete version of the 2025 Parks Master Plan.
As you can see, Victoria has a lot to offer and we invite you to view the 2025 Parks Master Plan online at victoriatx.org/parks/index.asp to learn more about our vision for the future of Parks and Recreation in Victoria.
Shane Simon is the recreation services manager for the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department. Contact him at 361-485-3200 or email@example.com or follow us on Facebook at Victoria Parks Recreation.