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Cultural and Community Services Director Terrel Harrison always gets excited about Parks and Recreation Month. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Friday, July 5, 2019

By Chris Frost

chris@tricountysentry.com

Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council gave a proclamation designating July 2019 as Parks and Recreation Month during its July 2, meeting.

Parks Manager Eric Garwick and Recreation Supervisor Renee Rakestraw led a large contingent up to the dais that Mayor Tim Flynn said was about half the crowd attending the meeting.

Cultural and Community Services Director Terrel Harrison led off the comments and said he always gets excited about Parks and Recreation Month.

“I am excited because of the people,” he said. “It might sound like I am bragging, and yes, I am bragging. This is what parks and recreation is all about. It’s these people who are up here, dedicated and they work hard for the city. We come in contact with more people than any other department in the city.”

Garwick said his team gets to make all the parks, medians and beaches as beautiful as they can every day.

“I have staff behind me that dedicates their time out there and makes the stage for recreation,” he said. “We do the best we can with the abilities we have, and there are always opportunities to improve.”

Rakestraw said the parks department staff supports the health and wellness of the community every day for all ages from youth to seniors.

“I encourage you to check out our Oxnard Recreation website, oxnardrec.org,” she said. “We have programs, and not all of them have a fee. We do have free programs, and we have quite a few available this summer.”

Flynn encouraged the crowd to take advantage of the many programs that Oxnard Recreation offers.