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For information about events, programs, and use of facilities, please contact the
Parks & Recreation office at 936-327-5242

Toni Fuller,
Special Events Coordinator


Parks and Recreation Crew: (L to R)
Humberto Garcia; Sal Ramirez; Alex Rodriguez;
Stacy Edwards; Raymond Gilshenan; Juan Cuellar; Cody Marsh, Foreman

  • Trade Days completed its 12th year of operations in 2011 with an average of 151 vendors attending each monthly event.  Trade Days special events included the 10th annual Spring Outdoor Expo in March, Texas Pioneer Bird Show in June, Christmas in July, and the annual Dog Show; Trade Days also hosted two vendor events, the annual Hot Dog Supper in August and the Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner in November.

  • The City's 12th annual "Easter Eggstravaganza" drew a crowd of excited children who hunted for more than 20,000 Easter eggs stuffed with candy and prize tokens.  Local businesses donated candy and more than 200 prizes, including bicycles, tricycles, swimming pools, sports equipment, Easter baskets, stuffed animals, electronic toys and learning games.  Numerous volunteers stuffed and hid the eggs.

  • In April, the Kids Fishing Frenzie was held at Pedigo Park Pond.  The annual fishing tournament was created to promote fishing to kids, from toddlers to teens.  The 2011 event was sponsored by the Texas Game Wardens Association (who stocked the pond with catfish), C. H. Marine, First National Bank, WalMart and the VFW.

  • Because of the efforts of our volunteers, the Parks and Recreation Department is able to host many events throughout the year.  In April, an appreciation dinner, with the theme "Our Volunteers are Worth a Fortune", recognized the efforts of all those who contributed endless hours of their time to bring events to our community.

  • In June, the First Annual Livingston PRCA Championship Rodeo was held at Barney Wiggins Arena with some of the world's best riders and ropers competing for cash prizes.   Rodeo clowns entertained the crowd with slapstick comedy and young attendees enjoyed the mutton bustin' and a calf scramble.

  • Pedigo Park was the site for several community events, including the Annual Polk County Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, First Baptist Church's "Night in Bethlehem", and the Ike Turner Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans event, "School of Instruction on the Civil War".

  • The Parks and Recreation Department focused on several major improvement projects at City parks throughout 2011, including renovation of both Trade Days Pavilions at Pedigo Park, construction of a new spillway and expansion of the back pond at Pedigo Park, and rehabilitation of the Matthews Park Swimming Pool with new plaster and tile.

  • Over 350 children participated in summer activities at the Matthews Park Swimming Pool, including Water Babies, Water Waddles (3 year olds) and regular swimming lessons for children 4 years of age and older.

  • Each year the Parks and Recreation employees design and construct a new lighted Christmas display.  This year they created the "Twelve Days of Christmas", consisting of 12 separate 30-foot structures.  The display was seen by thousands of visitors driving through Pedigo Park during the Christmas holidays.

  • The annual Hometown Christmas celebration attracted many visitors.  The Jingle Bell Fun Run included 165 walkers and runners, many in costume.  Vendors, a Petting Zoo and Carriage Rides were popular attractions surrounding City Hall.  The Heritage Society Train Village was popular throughout the month of December.   Hometown Christmas concluded with a lighted evening parade and visits with Santa at City Hall.

 
 
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200 West Church Street
Livingston, Texas   77351

936-327-4311
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