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It is a pleasure to take over as Parks and Recreation District director and lead future events and projects

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Chelsie CarterGreetings, Crook County.

It is with great pleasure and respect to those that have paved the way before me that I get to carry on the tradition of addressing the community as the new director for Crook County Parks and Recreation District through written word.

Day 22 on the job and boy, what a whirlwind! Exactly a week before my first day, my husband and I had the chance to pair up with a guest of Prineville for a round of golf. Without any prompting, he commented on how truly enamored he was by the beauty of our parks. Over these last few weeks, I have been enlightened on the dedication and hard work that the CCPRD staff puts forth to ensure that beauty is maintained each day and that we have programs that highlight the very culture of what it means to be Crook County.

Have I mentioned yet that soccer and football signups are open?

Getting the Prineville swimming pool ready is truly a collaborative effort by staff and a labor of love for our community. We are excited to say that the pool opens on Wednesday, June 15, the last day of school, with an ice cream social and will remain available for open swim and all other activities through early September.

In addition to the recreational swim options, the pool will be open for lap swim beginning June 16, water aerobics June 20 and swim lessons on June 27. The pool will also serve as a competition location twice this summer with a home swim meet scheduled June 24-26 and the Splash N' Dash on July 4.

Driving by the splash pad, the sounds of childlike amusement can bring a smile to anyone's face and is currently open for families to enjoy.

More than 25 years ago, I did a short stint at Ochoco Elementary and had some incredible flashbacks walking into Ochoco Gym. It hasn't aged a day…except for the floors. The gym will be closed for floor refinishing, June 21-July 1, for the first time in at least 10 years. It will be great to bring this piece of history up to speed to continue serving the community for many years to come.

The spirited brainstorming continues around here on ways to engage with families at our big events of summer, including Movies in the Park most Friday nights, July 22 — August 26, and the Old-Fashioned 4th of July event in Ochoco Creek Park.

There's a lot going on at CCPRD but in browsing through past articles, Duane's 2022 January piece about decision-making and trying out new ideas stood out: "At times the quality of humility is essential." Stepping into these shoes, my hope for the trajectory for myself and the Crook County Parks and Rec staff is to lean into this sound advice.


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