Collegedale parks department offers new programs, continues recreation offerings in 2022

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Dottie Neuf raises her hands in the air as part of the "Fit and Flex" program hosted by the Collegedale Parks and Recreation Department at the Collegedale Community Center on Friday, January 14, 2022.

At the start of the new year, the Collegedale Parks and Recreation Department is working to provide new programs as well as continue momentum from previous years.

The department has offerings for all ages, including new initiatives like hands-on sessions for kids like Wildlife Explorers, "an outdoor adventure group for exploring, having fun and learning along our greenway and in our local parks," and Outdoor Classroom, "an outdoor program to learn about science through exploration and discovery," according to Parks and Recreation Supervisor Christina Clark.

"I personally hope that we are able to encourage the community to get outside and enjoy all the benefits of nature and community," Clark said in an email to the Times Free Press. "Studies have shown that just 15 minutes a day spent outside and taking a walk can clear your head and boost your immune system and elevate your sense of well-being.