City Corner: Check out the second annual Idle Free Jamboree

By Jennifer Sourdellia
April 7, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.

Can you tell me more about the Idle Free Jamboree happening Saturday at Riverside Park? Will the event feature soap box derby races again this year?

Yes. Join the city of Victoria Environmental Services Department at the second annual Idle Free Jamboree on Saturday at Riverside Park, on McCright Drive next to the Rose Garden. There will be plenty of good, clean fun including soap box races, food, entertainment and a raffle.

This event is completely free, and the public is encouraged to attend and support our schools as they race to win this year's trophy.

The Idle Free Jamboree Youth Soap Box races, promoting air quality, begin at 10 a.m. Thirteen soap box derby teams representing schools in VISD are participating in the races. To find out if your child's school is participating, please contact Environmental Services at 361-485-3230 or email

In the opening race, Victoria City Manager Charmelle Garrett will compete against VISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich. The closing race will be a matchup between Victoria Police Chief J.J. Craig and Victoria Fire Chief Taner Drake.

The Idle Free Jamboree helps raise awareness about Victoria's air quality and the harmful impact of vehicle exhaust and idling on the environment. Event sponsors include Republic Services Inc., Killebrew Inc., Wal-Mart, Toyota of Victoria, Victoria Nissan and city of Victoria Environmental Services.

For more information, please call the Environmental Services Department at 361-485-3230 or visit Victoria Environmental Services on Facebook.

Where is the new splash pad facility located, and can you tell me how I can reserve the facility for a private party?

The new 2,500-square-foot splash pad was officially opened Tuesday. The city is proud to offer another recreational facility to the community. Geared toward toddlers to 12-year-olds, the splash pad at Lone Tree Creek Park is between the Deer Chase and Tanglewood subdivisions at 4009 Airline Road. The splash pad is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Featuring 4,000 gallons of water, the facility is part of the Lone Tree Creek Park, which also includes five baseball practice fields, a football field and a soccer field. The splash pad and park are located adjacent to the Lone Tree Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

The splash pad can be rented for private parties and events from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Cost to rent the facility is $200. Please call the Victoria Parks & Recreation Department at 361-485-3200 for availability and reservations. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do you have a question about the City of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.



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