The City of Allen is recognizing a team of super heroes this month: the Allen Parks & Recreation Department.
Park and Recreation Month is celebrated nationwide each July. This year’s theme is “Super Powers.”
“Parks and Recreation is all about protecting open spaces, helping to fight obesity, providing activities and resources and economic impact to the community,” said Brandy O’Keefe, marketing manager for City of Allen Parks & Recreation.
Over the past year, Allen’s Parks & Recreation department has made progress on a number of community projects. Staff helped complete several new parks, including Hillside Play Area and Orchard Park. They also helped plan the reconstruction of Ford Pool and repaired weather damage at The Courses at Watters Creek.
“The Allen Parks and Recreation Department is an essential part of our community,” said Mayor Stephen Terrell during the June 28 council meeting. “Parks, playgrounds, nature trails, open spaces, recreation centers and historic sites make our City an attractive and desirable place.”
The department also received several awards, including two awards for “Best Event Website.” Allen Parks & Recreation staff designed AllenUSA.org.
“Since Park and Recreation month is right after the Allen USA celebration, I think it’s obvious that Allen’s super power is its community,” said O’Keefe. “We saw over 65,000 people come together in one of Allen’s most beautiful parks.”