Ocala Rec and Parks announces debut of new department mascot

Rex the Squirrel, Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s newly announced mascot. [Image supplied]

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Posted July 1, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

July is National Parks and Recreation Month—a time to highlight the impact of parks and recreation within the community.

And to commemorate this, the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department announced a new mascot, Rex the Squirrel, on Friday, July 1, as part of the month-long celebration.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rex to the Ocala Rec and Parks team,” said Preston Pooser, Ocala Recreation and Parks director. “Rex will be a great ambassador to our department while providing an opportunity to interact with children, tweens and adults about fun activities and wildlife education within our city parks.”

Rex’s Birthday Bash will be on Wednesday, July 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park, 800 N.E. Sanchez Ave. The family-friendly event will feature outdoor activities, face painting, free cupcakes and ice cream, provided by the Ocala Police Department Polar Patrol. Rex will make appearances throughout the day as well, including photo opportunities.

Furthermore, throughout the month of July, Ocala Recs and Park encouraged residents and visitors to share stories and pictures of how recreation and parks in the city have impacted their lives with the hashtag #OcalaRecPark, according to the press release.

For more information, visit www.ocalafl.org/recpark or call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at (352) 368-5517.