Statewide Honors for City’s Parks & Recreation Department

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Two Parks and Recreation programs involving City’s Public Art collection and the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve were recognized earlier this month by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS).

The Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve’s iNaturalist Teacher Workshop/Wetlands Workshop series received the Lone Star Programing Award. Staff developed a series of strategies to introduce the website to the participants and promotes nature exploration, wildlife appreciation and cataloging species living at the preserve. Participants use the program to interact with scientists, local and abroad, in spotting and documenting organisms in the area. 

The Department’s Public Art Collection Book and an ISpy Public Art Tour received the Texas Arts & Humanities Programming Award which honors programs promoting cultural art such as theatre, sculpting, and painting. In an effort to educate citizens and tourists about public art, the Parks and Recreation staff working with the Arts and Cultural Commission created the two marketing ventures. The materials for both the book and the tour are distributed for free at various local arts and cultural destinations. 

Stacie Talbert Anaya, Parks and Recreation Assistant Director, was also sworn in as the 2017 President of the Texas Recreation and Park Society.  

TRAPS is a non-profit educational and professional organization founded 79 years ago to advance the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Texas. 

For more information contact Stacie Talbert Anaya at (361) 826-3476 or at