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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Parks & Recs Month helps get kids outdoors

Parks & Recs Month helps get kids outdoors

By Lindsay Starr Platt

This Saturday almost 500 attendees helped Harker Heights celebrate “National Parks & Recreation Month” with “Fun Day in the Park” at Carl Levin Park. This year’s theme for “National Parks & Recreation Month” is “Discover Your Superpowers at Your Local Parks and Rec”. This event was put on Harker Heights Parks and Recreation for community members to discover their “super powers” by getting fit, learning new abilities, and make “super” new friends.
“Really kind of nice to have something for the kids to do besides the park. Pretty cool and lots of activities,” said Dustin Robinson, Harker Heights resident. “We ended up getting here later, but not too late to have a lot of fun.”
Attendees and participants were encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costume and come out and enjoy inflatables, games, disc jockey, and vendors. Vendors that set up booths at the event were both local businesses and non-profit organizations.
“It was a great turnout. The kids had fun painting with us,” said Shernell Mays, owner, Painting With a Twist. “Parents had no idea we offer kids classes at the studio.”
City partners at the event included Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library, Harker Heights Police Department and Harker Heights Fire Department. The library provided face painting for children young and old. The fire department brought out static displays for attendees to tour and ask questions about. Police were at the event with their K9 partners and also had squad cars on display.
“Saturday’s “Fun Day in the Park” was super. I will say that the event was very well attended and everyone had a lot of fun. I was happy with all of the businesses that came out to take part in this community initiative to have fun in our park. The vendors played the part well, as each of them offered a game to participants with a giveaway or prize. A lot of vendors played along with our Parks & Rec Month theme as well, which was “Discover Your Superpowers at Your Local Parks and Rec” so it was amusing to see the theme integrated into to the vendors activities,” said Sarah Mylcraine, Activities Specialist, Harker Heights Parks and Recreation. “I was also very excited that our local real life heroes, police, and firemen came to support our event as well.”
Many of the vendors had games and activities at their booths with chances to win prizes or enter raffles. Ace Dental’s booth had a ring toss that gave lucky winners a free tooth whitening treatment. Ambit Energy gave out over $500 in prizes with raffles being drawn every half hour. Tap Tap Art School made an appearance with their mobile art studio bus and showed attendees how to make prints with their partner Alley Cat Press.
“Really good outreach effort and bringing the community together, especially for the kids,” said Hal Butts, Nolanville resident. “It promotes businesses and organizations in Harker Heights. Just a wholesome fun-filled family event.”
Even though it was hot, there was some shade under the pavilion and tables to sit at and eat the frozen custard given away by Freddy’s Steakburgers. Central Texas Orthodontics also brought their shave ice to the event and gave cold treats to attendees.
“Even though the Fun Day has passed, we still encourage everyone to “Discover Your Superpowers at Your Local Parks and Rec” The City offers numerous programs and events for community members at little or no cost, so we encourage everyone to get out there and experience the power of parks and recreation for themselves,” said Mylcraine. “Parks and Recreation (departments) build healthy communities, provides opportunities for fun and learning and brings individuals of all ages and backgrounds together.”
“This event was great. It let us know what businesses out there cater to children. I think this area could use more businesses here for families and children. Would be nice to see a miniature golf place come back with the go-carts and all that,” said Wanda Surrat, Killeen resident.


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