Letter from the Executive Director
Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community. Parks and recreation services are often cited as one of the most important factors in communities voted to be most livable.
EKU, College of Health Science, 2015
Let’s take a look at 2014-15, a great year in the life of the Irmo Chapin Recreation District and our community. There is so much to celebrate! Visitation and program participation continued a strong upward trend which means more and more people are discovering the fun and fulfillment of sports, exercise, art, theater, nature, and the enjoyment of park events with friends. In fact, last year more than 1.8 million visits were made to district parks and participation grew in all program areas.
After-school and summer camps increased by more than 20%, emphasizing parents’ interest in engaging their children in educational, healthy and fun activities throughout the school year and summer months. It has been wonderful to see Seven Oaks Park re-invigorated since the opening of the new expansion and makeover. The new gymnasium and indoor walking track have sparked the interest of fitness enthusiasts and Pickleball players, while the ball field improvements attracted 18 weekend tournaments in addition to traditional league play.