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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.

Two young girls play a game with a plastic ball and a bouncy net placed near the ground. PHOTO #2: Residents play with yard games and other equipment provided Feb. 6 by Parks & Recreation’s pop-up park at the Son Valley Ranch Family Outdoor Expo.

PHOTO #3: Attendees at the Son Valley Ranch Family Outdoor Expo play with equipment provided Feb. 6 by Parks & Recreation’s pop-up park.

People of all ages play with giant Connect Four set, cornhole boards and other items in a wide fieldPHOTO #4: Residents play with jumbo games and toys provided March 6 by Parks & Recreation’s pop-up park at the Children’s Discovery Museum’s Seussical STEAM Fest.

Residents can look forward to a variety of family-oriented outdoor activities at upcoming community events thanks to Parks & Recreation’s new traveling pop-up park.

Young kids play with a giant Connect Four set indoors. Hula hoops and other toys in the background.“The idea was to put a portable park in a trailer so that we can bring the fun of a park to areas that don’t have access to a park,” said recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin. “We tried to jam-pack as much fun as we could into the trailer.”

Portrait of Gabby AnglinThe pop-up park is a small trailer packed with athletic equipment, gym toys such as hula hoops and jump ropes, yard games and other items that residents can use to play outdoors.

The pop-up park has already made appearances at Son Valley Ranch’s Family Outdoor Expo and the Children’s Discovery Museum’s Seussical STEAM Fest, and Anglin said feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. In addition to the Parks & Recreation will continue to partner with community organizations to host the pop-up park.

The park is also equipped with hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, and Parks & Recreation staff are available to clean and wipe down equipment during events. Staff will wear facial coverings when interacting with the public.

The pop-up park was made possible by a partnership with Academy Sports + Outdoors, which donated most of the equipment for the trailer.

To reserve the pop-up park for a community event, contact Parks & Recreation at 361-485-3200 or visit www.victoriatx.gov/registration. To view dates for future pop-up park appearances and other Parks & Recreation events, visit www.victoriatx.gov/parks and click on “Recreation.” To receive updates about Parks & Recreation events and programs, follow the department on Facebook at Victoria Parks and Recreation.

To view more photos of the pop-up park in action, click here.



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