Park rec program celebrates successful year

The City of Borger’s Park Recreation program has concluded another year on a successful note.Annadon Keys, Johnson Park Youth Center supervisor, said the attendance of the program has almost doubled since last season, going from 233 children to 441 children in only a short year.She said she is grateful to everyone who was involved with the park recreation program, thanking City Manager Eddie Edwards for his continued support. She also said she is thankful for the generosity of Hutchinson County Cares, whose contributions made it possible for Fritch and Stinnett children to be a part of the program as well.Keys said the park recreation program plays an important role in the Hutchinson County area.“The Park Recreation Program is very important to our community,” she said. “It provides safe, fun summer activities for the children. Without the generosity of the donations, the program would not have grown so rapidly, leaving many children bored and inactive.”She said those involved with this year’s program are thankful to have such a giving community that cares about its children and youth.Keys said in addition to many fun activities, the children involved in this year’s program were also able to help out the environment as well.“A few employees from the Agrium plant spent the morning with the children. Through several hands-on stations the children learned a little of what Agrium does,” she said.Each child received a potted sunflower and were encouraged to take them home to grow, along with new knowledge acquired as a result of the experience.Keys said she is thankful to Agrium for spending the morning teaching the park recreation participants about the importance of plants. To end the year, the park recreation children were encouraged to participate in a program-wide talent show. The contestants practiced every day in not only bettering their own acts, but helping the other children as well.There were a total of 23 participants and 13 different acts, and Keys said the talent show was a hit. The show began with Park Recreation Aide Holly Jones singing for the entire program. The children performed in front of a panel of judges, which included Peyton McWilliams, Hallie Francis, and Katey Kasch. “Although every participant and all the acts were above and beyond amazing, the judges had the hard task of choosing winners,” Keys said.Placing third in the show were Asia Glover, Logan Callaway, and Maya Ogans dancing. The second place winner was Adeline Huffman showing her singing styles. The winner of the talent show was Ashton Garabedian with her singing talent. Following the show, parents and those in attendance were invited to eat chips, hot dogs, and drink Kool-Aid as an end of the year treat. Keys said throughout the summer, the park recreation participants got to participate in many different activities. The highlights this year were a Water War at the park, skating, swimming, playing at the Johnson Park Youth Center, watching a rodeo, spending an afternoon on a 20-foot water slide, and many more.“We would like to thank the community for allowing the program to extend its arms to so many children and hope that we can continue to grow in the years to come!” she said.