When the COVID-19 pandemic started, not only did our community lose access to our in-house amenities like the gymnasium, pool, and wellness areas- our events had to be put on hold for the remainder of the year. It’s no understatement to say we were all extremely sad to have to put all event plans on hold until further notice.
However, this year is a little different! With the help of our neighbors and vaccine clinics, we’ve been able to slowly roll out programs and events to keep our community engaged while we power through this pandemic.
We were both nervous and excited for our annual Kite Festival, because it would be one of our first large-scale outdoor events this year. We weren’t sure if people would feel comfortable enough to attend, or if the weather would allow us to host it.
Luckily, both of those worried vanished when we saw no rain and families gathering at Signal Hill Park, kites in hand, ready to fly them!
Even though it was a little cold out, folks continued to come throughout the event. Even people who were driving the park wanted to see what was going on. We had kites ready for last-minute attendees too! There was a decorating station for anyone who wanted to make their kite unique before launching it. Everyone followed mask and safety recommendations, making it a very enjoyable event!
So, what’s next for the Community Center’s summer events?
There is no simple answer to that question, but what I can tell you is that we’re trying our hardest to continue bringing your favorite events. There are many pieces to this puzzle, and they often have to be changed before a final decision is made. The safety of our community and staff is always our number one priority. With warm weather finally approaching, we hope to bring some safe and fun events!
In the meantime, feel free to stop by for a swim, a quick basketball game, or a workout!
We hope to see you soon!
Eliut Morales is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.