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Where You Belong NRPA's Park and Recreation Month

Austin Parks and Recreation is celebrating Park and Recreation Month this July by highlighting all the ways parks and recreation builds belonging in communities across the country. This year’s Park and Recreation Month theme – “Where You Belong” – celebrates the many ways park and recreation professionals across the country foster a sense of belonging in their community by providing welcoming and inclusive programs, essential services for all ages and abilities, and safe, accessible spaces to build meaningf…

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Karl Downs was an influential minister and educator who affected the lives of many children and young adults in his work with his community, his church, and as president of Samuel Huston College. 
With degrees from Samuel Huston College (now Huston-Tillotson College); Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia; and from Boston University. He later received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary, and at the time of his death he was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California.

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Dr. John Quill Taylor King, Sr. was initially born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1921. 

After his mother remarried following his father’s passing in 1923, his family moved to Austin and opened the King Funeral Home, which was later merged with the Tears Mortuary in 1955. 

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A devoted elementary school teacher who would eventually have an elementary school named after her, Lalla Odom was born in 1874 and earned her B.A. degree at the age of seventeen in 1891. She continued her education at Waco Female College and Baylor University before she enrolled in the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Her degree from the Conservatory led directly to a position as a teacher of music and mathematics at Willie Halsell College in Vineta, Oklahoma.

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After meeting and marrying her husband, Edgar Odom, they moved around and lived all ove…

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Con 25 campos de fútbol exclusivos, 70 campos multiusos y un número creciente de minicanchas, el Departamento de Parques y Recreación anima a las personas de todas las edades a unirse a la escena local del fútbol.…

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Boasting 25 dedicated soccer fields, 70 multipurpose fields, and a growing number of mini-pitches, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department encou…

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Episode 11 of the "In The Parks" video series features Park Rangers Melissa Hand and Jimmy Evans who explain why it is reckless and illegal to jump off bridges. Bridge jumpers can land on rocks, rebar, swimmers, boaters or animal life injuring themselves or innocent bystanders. Jumping from bridges can also impact the environment and negatively affect the aquatic ecosystem. 

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Water Under the Bridge Part of EcosystemHundreds of people jump off bridges, so it must be harmless, right? Wrong! It is prohibited in Austin primarily because you can hurt or kill yourself or someone else. Jumpers can land on rocks, rebar, swimmers, boaters or animal life. It can also impact the environment and negatively affect the aquatic ecosystem.

It is a violation of…

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Soccer is now one of the most popular youth sports in the U.S., with millions of children participating in organized leagues and tournaments. The sport not only promotes health and physical fitness, it instills valuable life skills such as discipline, perseverance, and resilience. It brings people together from diverse backgrounds, fostering inclusivity, understanding, and mutual respect.

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El fútbol es ahora uno de los deportes juveniles más populares en los EE. UU., con millones de niños participando en ligas y torneos organizados. El deporte no solo promueve la salud y la aptitud física, sino que también inculca valiosas habilidades para la vida, como la disciplina, la perseverancia y la resiliencia. Reúne a personas de diversos orígenes, fomentando la inclusión, la comprensión y el respeto mutuo.