Support Our Youth and Families June 2020 - Page 7

ARLINGTON PARKS AND RECREATION (APRD) THE BEACON AT WEBB COMMUNITY PARK SET TO OPEN IN LATE SUMMER The Beacon at Webb Community Park (1100 Mansfield Webb Road) will offer residents a range of amenities for both fitness and fun when it opens later this year. The design features a lighted two-story atrium, which provided inspiration for the center’s name. The Beacon will include a variety of amenities both inside and out. There will be volleyball, pickleball and basketball courts along with a weight room, aerobics space, indoor track and childcare center. Outdoor amenities include an aerobics space and splashpad. Construction is under way now on the two-story, 35,000-square-foot facility, approved by Arlington voters in 2014. While a community celebration for The Beacon hasn’t been set, residents of all ages can already enjoy the new public skate park. Visit the Major Capital Projects page of NaturallyFun.org to view a 360-tour of construction of the new center, along with 360-tours of the clubhouse at Texas Rangers Golf Club and the East Library and Recreation Center. APRD SEES INCREASED PARKS VISITATION DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Just like we’ve all seen an increase of people walking in our neighborhoods – the dream of every health professional! – there has been a significant increase in park visits this spring. With closures to schools, gyms and many businesses due to COVID-19, the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department stepped up to provide our citizens viable options to just staying at home. With the increased usage at all our facilities came the challenge of keeping up with the demand in a safe and practical manner. One method the department utilizes for tracking park usage is by monitoring custodial maintenance workload. In total, there were 11,974 hours dedicated to custodial-related tasks at our parks from March to May 2020. Staff is responsible for overseeing 69 individual parks sites in all areas of our city (excludes undeveloped land, sports centers, golf courses and the entertainment district assets). Custodial-related maintenance activities at most facilities is up 25% compared with the same period last year. The Parks and Recreation Department’s Vision Statement is to provide great parks and exceptional recreational opportunities. Our Mission Statement is to provide quality facilities and services that are responsive to a diverse community. We are proud of the commitment our city leaders have and the investments made that place us in a position to be able to meet the changing current needs of our citizens.