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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Summer street dances return as Parks & Recreation announces 2021 dates

Band performs on portable stage in front of One O'Connor building downtown.

PHOTO: Joel Nava & the Texas Border performs May 4, 2019, during a Parks & Recreation street dance at DeLeon Plaza. Parks & Recreation and Glazer (formerly Hartman Distributing) will host four street dances this year featuring live music at De...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Registration opens for high school, adult summer sports leagues

Group of girls in softball uniforms pose for photo

PHOTO #1: The Cuero softball team were the champions of the City of Victoria’s 2020 high school softball league.

PHOTO #2: Participants in the City of Victoria’s spring coed volleyball league play volleyball March 25 at Riverside Park.

Registration opens Ap...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Riverside Golf Course upgrades irrigation system

Mechanical equipment in a shed, including a large box and two motors.

PHOTO #1: Riverside Golf Course’s new irrigation pump station is located in a shed on the golf course.

PHOTO #2: Riverside Golf Course’s new irrigation pump includes variable frequency drive motors that speed up and slow down based on demand. 

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host summer cornhole, washers leagues

Woman is silhouetted throwing a cornhole bag during a game of cornhole outside in the evening.

PHOTO: Participants compete in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s cornhole league June 10, 2020, at Aero Crafters. Registration opens March 22 for the 2021 cornhole and washers summer leagues.

Residents can register starting Monday, March 22, fo...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Parks & Recreation pop-up park brings fun to residents

Masked woman and man pose with arms outstretched by small pull-trailer labeled "pop-up park"

PHOTO #1: Recreation coordinators Gabby Anglin, left, and Alex Moore pose Feb. 6 with the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s new pop-up park trailer Feb. 6 at the Son Valley Ranch Family Outdoor Expo.

PHOTO #2: Residents play with yard games and oth...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Parks & Recreation installs new plaques at Memorial Rose Garden

Two large plaques hanging on a black metal fence

PHOTO #1: Two memorial plaques were installed Feb. 24 at the Memorial Rose Garden in Riverside Park, bearing the names of approximately 1,400 people whose family members and loved ones dedicated roses to them.

PHOTO #2: One of the plaques at the Memorial R...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: February 23, 2021

City seeks input on conceptual renderings for 3 parks

A wide roofed concrete pavilion in a grassy area

PHOTO #1: The Grover’s Bend Pavilion is located in Riverside Park, one of the parks that will receive a conceptual rendering as part of the City of Victoria’s forthcoming Parks & Recreation master plan. 

PHOTO #2: An amphitheater is one of the...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Victoria to host annual statewide sporting event

Texas Amateur Athletic Federation logo

PHOTO #1: The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation has chosen Victoria to host the 2022-2024 TAAF Winter Games.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria Youth Sports Complex was proposed as a venue for fastpitch softball, baseball and kickball for the TAAF Winter Games...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: February 2, 2021

City of Victoria Parks & Recreation opens registration for spring leagues

People play cornhole on an outdoor patio at night beneath string lights near Aero Crafters stage.

PHOTO: Participants compete in the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s cornhole league Oct. 28, 2020, on the back patio at Aero Crafters. Registration is open for the 2021 cornhole league and other spring leagues.

Registration is open for the City of...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: January 26, 2021

City of Victoria Parks & Recreation to host free drive-in car bingo

Flyer for drive-in bingo. Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Riverside Stadium. Register at 3614853200

Residents will have to bring their A-game—or, rather, their B-I-N-G-O game—for a chance to win fun prizes at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation’s first-ever drive-in bingo Feb. 26 at the Riverside Stadium parking lot.

Games start at 7 p.m. The eve...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: December 15, 2020

Parks & Recreation opens registration for adult basketball, flag football

A silhouetted basketball player shoots a basket at an empty basketball court.

PHOTO: A basketball player shoots a basket at the multi-use pavilion basketball court next to the Youth Sports Complex.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation is accepting registrants for its adult basketball and flag football leagues, which will oper...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Riverside Golf Course superintendent earns regional recognition

Riverside Golf Course Superintendent Brian Woolard, seated, poses with plaque

City of Victoria Riverside Golf Course Superintendent Brian Woolard recently received the 2020 Golf Course Superintendent of the Year award from the Texas Gulf Coast Superintendents Association. He was nominated for this recognition by his peers within th...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Disc golf rentals now available at Riverside Park

Smiling woman stands near a disc golf goal basket in Riverside Park that contains discs and a bag.

PHOTO #1: Ashley Magee, owner of Flow Paddle Co, poses Nov. 14 at one of the disc golf baskets at Riverside Park with discs that are available to rent through her company. Contributed photo by Colby Calcote.

PHOTO #2: Dwayne Calcote plays disc golf Nov. 14...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host ‘reverse Christmas parade,’ fireworks show

Santa Claus waves from sleigh-themed parade float. Trees are visible in the background.

Victoria residents are accustomed to spending the first weekend in December sitting along the streets of downtown and watching a festive Christmas parade pass by, but this year, to ensure residents can enjoy the parade while keeping a safe distance from e...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Parks & Recreation adds pickleball at Victoria Community Center Park

Pickleball players stand at a distance from each other on a pickleball court.

PHOTO #1: Some of the volunteers who worked to convert the new pickleball courts at the Victoria Community Center Park, from left, are Nazmije Neziri, Jan Wendt, Katie Merriman, Dewayne Merriman, Wayne Pozzi, Danna Garland, David Peters, Buddy Breivogel a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host drive-thru trick-or-treat event at Riverside Park

Free event presented by Parks & Recreation. Drive-thru trick-or treat in Riverside Park 5-7 p.m.

Residents can put on their Halloween costumes and come to Riverside Park 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 24 for a drive-thru trick-or-treat experience hosted by the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation.

“We haven’t had a Halloween event in a couple of years, so I was ex...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: September 3, 2020

Splash pads will safely reopen to the public Saturday

Children play at the Ethel Lee Tracy Park Splash Pad during the facility’s 2018 grand opening.

PHOTO: Children play at the Ethel Lee Tracy Park Splash Pad during the facility’s 2018 grand opening.

Victoria’s splash pads will reopen to the public Saturday and are scheduled to remain open seven days a week through Oct. 25.

The splash pads have been clo...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Parks & Recreation, Academy Sports + Outdoors give away gift cards

Woman holds giant Academy Sports and Outdoors gift card

PHOTO #1: Laura Janis, first-grade teacher and after-school program director at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, holds a $250 gift card provided by Academy Sports + Outdoors. Janis was the first-place winner in the back-to-school shopping spree giveaw...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 24, 2020

City seeks applicants for Parks & Recreation Commission

Parks & Recreation Commission meets for Zoom meeting

PHOTO: From top left, City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Director Jason Alfaro; City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz; Parks and Recreation Commission Chairperson W. Lee Keeling; and commission members Gloria Rodriguez, Jesse J. Olivarez, Marc Hinojosa and Gail ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 17, 2020

City’s Parks & Recreation to host annual kayak clinic

Gabby Anglin paddles in kayak

PHOTO: Recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin paddles in the Stillwater Pool at Son Valley Ranch during Parks & Recreation’s kayak clinic in 2019. This year’s clinic will be Aug. 22. 

Residents will have a chance to learn the basics of kayaking b...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host youth sports, establishes health guidelines

Sports equipment with Academy Sports and Outdoors logo

PHOTO: Academy Sports + Outdoors donated equipment to the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation as part of a sponsorship for the department’s youth flag football league.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host a Punt, Pass and Kick USA foot...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Parks & Recreation employees receive nationally recognized certification

Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel and recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin

City of Victoria Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel and recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin on Wednesday passed the test to receive their Certified Park and Recreation Professional certifications, a nationally recognized designation conferred by th...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host one-day soccer tournament

Soccer ball on grassy field

PHOTO: A soccer ball sits on the grass at Rippamonti Field in Riverside Park.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host a one-day soccer tournament July 11 at Lowe Field and Rippamonti Field in Riverside Park.

“Soccer is the most played sport ac...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Riverside Golf Course enjoying above-par conditions on greens

Man stands on golf course wearing facial covering

Longtime players at Riverside Golf Course tell Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez that the current course conditions are some of the best they’ve ever seen.

“Some of them have been playing at this golf course for 15 or 20 years,” Hernandez said. “So ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Fireworks show will be drive-in celebration with new amenities, distancing

Fireworks

Parks & Recreation will host the City of Victoria’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Victoria Community Center in a new drive-in format, allowing residents to park their cars to watch the patriotic show while keeping their distance from oth...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 29, 2020

City’s Parks & Recreation partners with kayak business

Ashley Magee poses with kayaks

The City Parks & Recreation has partnered with Flow Paddle Co and starting Monday, the company will rent kayaks, inner tubes and bikes and offer guided kayaking tours.

“We’re very excited to be able to partner with Flow Paddle Co to offer this service ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 26, 2020

City’s new online registration launches for summer sports leagues

Varsity Champs- VTX Warriors

The City of Victoria’s Parks & Recreation department has opened registration for its summer sports leagues through a new online system, and the public is encouraged to participate.

Participants will be able to register for the summer leagues using Comm...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 18, 2020

New Parks and Recreation director is experienced master planner

Jason_Alfaro

The City of Victoria’s next Parks and Recreation director is a Victoria native with 17 years of experience in parks and recreation, including capital improvement projects, master planning and day-to-day operations of parks systems.

Jason Alfaro will begin ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: January 29, 2020

Mission

People taking picture with Santa

The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to improve the quality of life for Victoria citizens by providing a comprehensive system of parks, recreation, and cultural programs...

2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec