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Rec Room: Fresh start for the New Year

By Victoria Advocate
Jan. 1, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 1, 2012 at 7:02 p.m.


By Shane Simon

Here we are, right smack in the middle of endless articles, commercials, advertisements and advice on how to get healthy, quit smoking and tackle all the other resolutions that we often pledge for the New Year.

As a society, we are infatuated with the idea of a new beginning. It gives us the proverbial shove that is needed to change the things in our lives that can use a little tweaking.

Let's face it, everyone likes the opportunity of a "do over" and Jan. 1 is where it all comes to a head.

Prior to each New Year, the Parks and Recreation staff is tasked with preparing a list of programs and events that we will host in the next six months.

Most of the successful events we host are easy to place on the list and are ready to be marked on the calendar such as Market Days, Family Fish Out and our softball and kickball leagues.

The real fun is when staff is allowed to think outside the box and present new ideas to each other to be evaluated for possible implementation.

You see, the idea of a fresh start is not only intriguing to our personal lives, but also to our business lives.

None of the ideas staff presents are too silly and none are ever fully dismissed. If an idea has a positive evaluation by staff, it gets placed higher on the list. If not, it gets placed on our shelf of ideas for a possible emergence in the future.

With final decisions being made on all of the new ideas that have been presented, I am hesitant to announce the change in programs offered by our department.

One of the proposals that the staff is excited about is additional sports leagues for adults and youth. We look forward to them materializing and making a nice complement to our softball and kickball leagues.

We are also intrigued by the possibility of hosting multiple youth activities throughout the summer.

Nothing is more exciting or as nerve racking as change, but without it we cannot move forward. We all need change at some point to grow personally and professionally.

The Victoria Parks and Recreation staff is excited about our fresh start for the New Year and hope that you can join us for all the traditional programs we offer along with the upcoming ideas as they come to fruition.

Please be safe and have a Happy New Year.

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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