Parks Department wants you to answer parks survey

May 15, 2011 at 12:15 a.m.

By Doug Cochran

Is the Parks and Recreation Department surveying citizens about facilities and programs?

Yes, the Parks and Recreation Department is surveying citizens about facilities, programs and events. There are several question areas in the survey:

First, how are we doing?

Second, what type of facilities and programs do you and/or your family use?

Third, what type of facilities and programs do you and/or your family want in the parks?

We want to know if we are meeting citizens' expectations on parks maintenance and programming. The results of the survey will enable us to develop a Master Plan that will be a blueprint for development for the next ten years. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The survey link is: or you can go to the Recreation homepage at and look for the yellow box titled "Parks and Recreation Survey." A paper copy of the survey may be obtained at the Victoria Public Library or by calling the number at the bottom of the page and it will be mailed to your address.

Can I park on the grass in the parks?

You are not allowed to park in the grass unless authorized by the director of Parks and Recreation for a recognized event. There have been several complaints in the last few weeks about people parking in the grass at the Youth Sports Complex and Riverside Park. There are ample parking spaces in the northern sections of Riverside Park and adjacent to Riverside Stadium.

The city is constructing more parking areas in the southern portion of Riverside Park to accommodate our visitors. The police department will begin warning people about illegally parking on the grass for one week. Beginning May 23, tickets will be issued to violators.

Does the city still need lifeguards?

Yes, we still need three more lifeguards to open the pool on Memorial Day. If you are interested, please contact the Human Resources Department via the Internet at We have a Lifeguard Incentive Program available for new and experienced guards.

Call the number below for more details.

Doug Cochran is the director of parks and recreation 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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