Rec Room: Free kayak class scheduled; downtown concerts return

Aug. 14, 2011 at 3:14 a.m.

By Shane Simon

We were unable to attend last year's kayak clinic. Will there be another one this year?

The Victoria Parks and Recreation, the Coastal Bend Paddlers Club and Canoe Trail Goliad will host the Fourth Annual Kayak Clinic on Aug. 27. Classes will be at the Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool starting at 9 a.m.

Three kayak stations will be set up for participants to rotate through. Participants will get hands-on training in safety, correct form and selection of a kayak through testing a variety of kayaks in a controlled environment.

From noon to 1 p.m., a hot dog lunch will be provided for all the participants.

Following lunch, pre-registered paddlers will travel to Coleto Creek Reservoir for a group float around the lake. If you want to take the float around the lake, please contact us to get registered because space is limited.

If you are interested in just the classes at the pool, you may just show up that morning and sign in. We will require all participants under the age of 14 to be accompanied by an adult. By the way, did I mention that this is a free event?

Now that downtown is being revitalized, will we see more events there?

We are all excited about downtown and its new look. As you may be aware, we are once again hosting Market Days downtown at DeLeon Plaza. Market Days is the third Saturday of each month, starting in March and ending in December.

The city will also host a Welcome Back to Downtown ceremony on Sept. 8, beginning at 5 p.m. Event goers will enjoy hot dogs, homemade ice cream and refreshments, along with music to set the mood.

Another event we are resurrecting is Tunes@Noon, which is reminiscent of the brown bag lunches held at DeLeon Plaza years ago. We will host Tunes@Noon at the Bandstand the final Friday of the month beginning Aug. 26.

Staff is also working on downtown street dances beginning Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. and will feature Kevin Anthony and G-Town. They are a country/Cajun band that is sure to put you in that swinging mood.

How can I help with Parks and Recreation events and programs?

We are always looking for volunteers to run a booth during an event or to help with crowd participant surveys. We often see families volunteering together, which makes it a bonding experience that is both fun and rewarding. If you would like to volunteer at a particular event, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 361-485-3200.

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



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