You may have noticed a lot of the things to-do were related to activities offered through the Parks and Recreation department.
Well, Director Linda Nahrstedt let us know a little bit more about those program options, including a few new ones coming this summer. (One word: s’mores!)
Take a look at what she said:
Q) What are a few activities offered by the department and how can residents become involved?
A) We just launched our Spring & Summer Season of Programs! Our Preview catalog of programs, and activities and events can be found online on the City of Stow website at http://www.stow.oh.us/index.php.. We offer more than 83 programs serving more than 15,000 customers each year. Our most popular program currently, is our Silver Springs Day Camp. More than 700 youth attended our camp last year.
Also ramping up at this time is our ever-popular Community Garden Program. Last year, more than 300 folks adopted a plot, and planted and harvested crops. We have two VERY popular upcoming summer events. Our Stow Fourth of July Parade is famous, and there are more than 1,000 participants, with tens of thousands of attendees lining Kent Road. As well, our Stow Firecracker Race that same morning is a tradition that draws more than 600 participants.
New this year, we are sponsoring the event Stow Family Campfire Night – Stories, S’Mores & More!! The event is May 10 at Heritage Barn at Silver Springs Park. It will be a great family night under the stars, with storytelling, campfire, and s’more making.
Q) How does the community influence what activities/services the department decides to offer at any given time?
A) We strive to have something for everyone. Leisure and recreation are so important to maintaining an active, balanced lifestyle. That being said, we listen to our customers, our citizens, and when possible and feasible, we gear our programming toward their wants and needs. For example, we have a huge and active senior citizen demographic. To serve them, we have a wide array of senior events as well as ongoing programs.
As well, the Stow population is very fond of being outdoors. Thus, we have a variety of activities in our parks, from outdoor basketball, fishing and camping to hike and bike trails and playgrounds.