What’s New in 2019? – by Tony Thomas

Our newest special event, Glow in the Park After Dark, saw huge participation during its launch
Our newest special event, Glow in the Park After Dark, saw huge participation during its launch

As we close out 2018, I find it important to reflect on our personal and professional accomplishments of the year. Within Parks and Recreation, 2018 was another good year that allowed us to offer hundreds of programs and events and serve thousands of families from Manassas Park and the surrounding communities. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, and we strive to bring the highest quality programs and events to you.

In the Recreation Services Division, some of the highlights in 2018 included the installation of the Cricket Pitch, our first ever Glow in the Park event, hosting the Pickleball event for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, and continuing to offer some of our well-known programs such as Preschool, Youth Basketball League and Senior Socials.

Each year, we make it our goal to bring new and exciting classes to the Community Center that promote the three pillars of Parks and Recreation according to the National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA). These pillars include Health and Wellness, Conservation, and Social Equity. We combine those pillars with the core values in our Department to guide our recreation programs for the community.

We welcome 2019 with excitement, creativity, and new ideas! The New Year is always a good time for you try your hand at a new skill or pick up a hobby. I encourage you to come to the Community Center and look at the wide variety of programs that we offer. Many of our guests like to focus on fitness, aquatic, and athletic programs. However, I encourage you and your family to discover all the new classes that are offered in our quarterly MOSAIC!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the new programs that will be featured in 2019 at the Community Center:

Photography: Our professional photographer will teach you the basics of photography, lighting, composition, and technique. You will walk away from this class knowing more about photography than what you ever imagined.

Baking: If you love to bake or want to learn how to, this class is perfect for you. We welcome pastry chefs of all skill levels to participate in this new culinary endeavor.

Teen Life Skills: This class is specifically designed for teens in middle and high school. Teens will learn about living a balanced and well-rounded life and the importance of essential social skills to navigate their teenage years.

Critical Thinking: Participants will learn techniques for problem solving and evaluation of arguments from both a classical and contemporary perspective. It will be accomplished through a combination of lectures, q&a discussions, and classroom exercises.

Math and Spanish: This class will provide after school help for students that need help in Math and/or Spanish. Our instructor will be offering assistance from Kindergarten to Twelfth grades.

French: This new class will provide an opportunity for preschool age children to learn the French language.

These classes are only a sneak peek of what we have in store for you throughout the year. We will continue to do our best to provide you with the best programming that is both relevant and engaging to you. As always, if you have a program that you would like for us to consider, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you around the Community Center!

Tony Thomas is the Recreation Services Supervisor for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at t.thomas@manassasparkva.gov.

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