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Lincoln City Parks & Recreation takes activities virtual

Lincoln City Parks and Recreation has been holding themed virtual dance parties to help people get some exercise and help reduce stress.

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. — The nice weather we’ve had recently makes it so hard to stay home.

But there are ways to still stay active while maintaining your social distance and staff at Lincoln City Parks and Recreation is trying to help.

The department has been holding themed virtual dance parties to help people get some exercise and de-stress. It’s fun for family or friends to do together, and it’s free for everyone

One held this past week was super-hero themed.

“We thank you, our heroes for all you’re doing for our community,” said a staff member during the Zoom video chat.

“We invited the fire department, police, first responders, essential employees, grocery workers, hospital employees, and asked them to take a moment and destress a little bit and dance with us,” said Jeanne Sprague, director of Lincoln City Parks and Recreation.

But it’s not just the twice-a-week Zoom dance parties that the department is doing to get people involved.

For Arbor Day, which was on Friday, there was still a celebration but it was curbside.

Staff handed out seedlings and goodie bags for the kids by passing them through car windows.

Credit: Lincoln City Parks & Rec.
Lincoln City Parks & Rec. celebrating Arbor Day

If you look on the department’s Facebook page, you’ll see more things have gone virtual.

Lincoln City Parks and Recreation has uploaded a variety of videos including exercise videos, to relaxing montages of beautiful coast photos set to music.

So, while you might not be able to physically go to the coast right now, at least your mind can make the trip.

“We’re going through tough times now with closures and staying home so we’re reaching out to you the best way we can,” said Sprague.

“Since you can’t come to us anymore, for the time being, we’re going to come to you.

If you’re interested in joining the next Zoom dance party, they happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. The next super-hero themed one is happening this Tuesday, April 28. You’ll be able to find the link to it on the Lincoln City Parks & Rec. Facebook page.

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