Our city is blessed with one of the most beautiful – and functional – city parks in all of Texas. We’ve got Splashville, the Birdsong Amphitheatre, the Bosque River Trail, ball fields, and well, ducks. Lots and lots of ducks.

In recognition of that and all the activities and events associated with the Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department, Mayor Kenny Weldon has issued a proclamation declaring July as Parks and Recreation Month.

“Parks and recreation programs are an integral part of communities throughout this country, including Stephenville, and our parks and recreation are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our community, ensuring the health of all citizens, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and region,” the proclamation reads.

He listed several specific benefits we derive from a robust parks and recreation program:

Building healthy, active communities that aid in the prevention of chronic disease Provide therapeutic recreational services Improve mental and emotional health of all citizens Increasing the community’s economic prosperity through increased property values Expansion of the local tax base Increased tourism The attraction and retention of businesses Crime reduction Weldon also went on to specifically recognize the contributions of the Stephenville Parks and Recreational Advisory Board and cited members Cheryl Hatton, Dennis Jones, Jason LaTouche, Contessa Harrison, Daron Trussell, Cary Strohmeyer, Colby Pack and “the many parks and recreational professionals in our community.”

The Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department is headed up by Brenda Haggard, recreation superintendent, Tim Miller, athletic coordinator and Splashville’s Aquatics Athletic Coordinator, Cherisa Verastigue, who are under the supervision of Community Services Director Jeremy Allen.