Rec Room: Check out behind the scenes action, volunteer

In a city of more than 60,000 residents, developing and implementing recreational events can be a challenge.

Of course, we have never backed down from a challenge and don't intend to start now.

The reward of seeing all the smiling faces and having families enjoy the quality time they are spending together makes everything we do worth it.

The department staff always evaluates our events and the two items that continually seem to arise are sponsorships and volunteers.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be behind the scenes of the Lighted Christmas Parade that attracts more than 140 entries and about 20,000 viewers?

Are you the type who would like to share your knowledge of fishing with kids and families when we average 250 people at our Family Fish Out?

Could it be that you have always wanted to become an actor or actress but still keep your day job?

In that case, join us for our Haunted Halloween Hayride and become a living (or not so living) part of our team that delights in the fact that scaring people for their enjoyment is fun.

One of the main added benefits to volunteering for the Victoria Parks and Recreation is that our department handles the preparation and development of the events.

Often, all you have to do is notify us that you are willing to help and then show up for the excitement.

I must confess that putting on an event is not all fun and games. It takes dedication and a lot of work but if you are the person who derives satisfaction and enjoyment from helping others have the best experience they can, we need you.

Please don't think you have to do this alone. What better way to build camaraderie within your business or organization than to partner with us on the fun activities we provide each year.

I mentioned above that we need both volunteers and sponsors. Sponsorships can be in monetary form and that is always appreciated.

It can also be in the form of materials or services, which are always welcomed and needed to pull off a great show.

The Parks and Recreation Department is in the beginning stages of developing a master list of core volunteers to include individuals, service and student organizations and businesses. Volunteers must pass background checks before being allowed to assist with any of our events.

If you find this interesting, give us a call or come by our office at 476 McCright Drive and we will be happy to tell you more about how you can assist us in making Victoria a better place to live, work and play.

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.