The District has been very busy this year with events, programs and improvements. As a small district, it’s not always to address all the needs of the community. In recent months, the Staff and Board have partnered together and worked to make progress in this area.
We kicked off our summer with a community-wide clean-up that was sponsored by the City of La Pine and several local businesses. The Skate Park held its first popsicle party, which was supported by our wonderful Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department. Relay for Life was held at Heritage Park in June followed by Frontier Days in July, serving our community proudly, while, at the same, time the La Pine Pickleball Club’s Tournament at Sage Springs attracted over 150 participants from all over the State and Country. The first annual David Taylor Jr. Memorial Invitational Baseball Tournament took place in July. It was well attended and supported as it not only highlighted a special community member that is no longer with us, but also supported our high school athletes. All of these events brought our community together and allowed others to see a thriving and special little town. Without the support of our community partners and volunteers we would not have had such a busy and fun Summer!
Through the Adult Education & Recreation program, community members have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of classes and activities, such as Aquacize, Pickleball, Ukulele & Guitar lessons, Tai Chi, Ballroom & Country Line Dancing, low-impact exercise, Interval Walking and GED classes. Many people enjoyed trying something new and some even found a new hobby!
The kids have had a great time enjoying Summer Adventure Days, which took them on a variety of trips ranging from water parks to movies, hikes, trampoline parks and much more. We could not have provided such wonderful opportunities without the support of the Ya Ya Sisterhood Society and the La Pine Park and Recreation Foundation, who sponsored some of these trips. Twice a week kids also had the opportunity to take Karate Classes taught by Joe Pace at our Finley Butte Park location. It is our value to always play…learn…explore and the kids are doing just that!
In terms of facilities & park improvements, our biggest focus of late has been Finley Butte Park (aka: La Pine Community Park). Earlier this year, South Central Little League, the City of La Pine, K.C. White Painting, Cascade Natural Gas, and Autzen Foundation all partnered in making improvements to the park and helping with preparations for the David Taylor Jr. Memorial Invitational. With new sod for our second field, fertilizer, grass seed, irrigation, bleachers and beautifully painted buildings, our little park is slowly being restored. In addition, the District also invested in restoring the inside of the Finley Butte Community Building. In addition to the improvements at Finley Butte Park, a new playground will be coming to Heritage Park in 2018, thanks to a generous grant from Midstate Electric. Finally, a group of volunteers stepped-up to run the Rosland Campground this year. They have done a wonderful job with special events, providing fun experiences for all to enjoy.
The District is always looking for new opportunities for partnership and fresh ideas from our community. We are proud of the work we have done and continue working towards making La Pine a great place to live. More information can be found at www.LaPineParks.org or www.Facebook.com/LaPineParks. Thank you South County for your continued support as we endeavor to Play…Learn…Explore!