SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. – (Nov. 9, 2017) – In a small office in Spring Lake Park community events and activities are planned for everyone from babies to senior citizens. Those who participate in the programs enjoy them almost as much as those who work to put them on.
“It is a small city so I get to know the residents really well that way,” said Spring Lake Park recreation program supervisor Kay Okey.
John Angell also works in the same capacity at Spring Lake Park, “we have a lot of freedom to try new things,” says Angell.
SLP Parks and Rec is unique in that with only a staff of three they still handle all the logistics for extended tours that take participants all over the country.
They also have many events close to home.
“In the last few years we have started two popular events. We do a Valentine’s sweetheart dance, parent child event. We also offer an annual Easter egg hunt,” said Angell.
John and Kay also spend months preparing for the annual Tower Days celebration.
“It is obviously the largest event that we do,” said Angell.
Both John and Kay have formed bonds with people in the community and they know their work helps make Spring Lake Park special.
“You are offering opportunities for people who normally would not have met each other and befriended each other. So you are creating relationships,” said Angell.