Summer is here at last. Bring on the sun, camps and summer living mode. School is officially out for everyone at last! It's no secret to anyone that I adore summer and parks. This gorgeous weather is prime park time for me.
I've talked about my love of parks in the past, and most recently I've put that into action with some other good folks here in town. I helped create the current Wilsonville Pathfinder program through the Citizens Academy here in town. I'm proud of what we have put together and I'm going to encourage you to go check it out for yourself.
The program is inspired by days gone by, when your mom would kick you out of the house in the morning and tell you not to come back till dinner time. You ruled the streets and parks till it was time to return home. Might have gotten some bumps and bruises from a gnarly ride, but picked yourself up and limped home. Ah, the memories. Freedom. I think it's safe to say that in this day and age those types of days are long gone.
In the spirit of those days, this program was created so kids of all ages could go learn something interesting about our local parks and spaces. There's a little local knowledge learned, some new adventures spurred. And who knows? You might just win something cool. Some of our awesome local businesses here in town are offering some pretty nice prizes for completion of the passport.To participate, all you need to do is swing by Wilsonville's City Hall, Library, Parks and Recreation Administration building, or the Community Center. Talk to some of the good people at the above city offices and you'll be handed your passport, and then you are off on the adventure through town. There are various types of quests to accomplish throughout the Passport. Some require a sharp eye, while others directly appear.
It should open your eyes just a bit bigger to some of the history that's here in town, as well as potentially bring you to some places that you might not know about yet. I'll admit that in assisting in putting it together, I learned some new places
and things even as a long-term resident.
This is the second year of the program and we've made some changes that will ensure longevity of the program. It's easier than ever because all you have to do is show up, pick up your passport and go! I encourage you while you are picking up your passport to speak to any of the good folks who work at the City. They are all quite knowledgeable and will be happy to help you in any other way that you might need. The Parks and Rec activities guide is every parent's summer survival guide, and if you don't have yours already make sure to pick one up!
Last year we had more than 70 participants in the Pathfinders Program, and this year we are hoping to surpass that. It's a very well thought-out program with the intention to continue for years to come. Join the movement and you can become a Wilsonville Pathfinder!