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Woodbury recognized for two parks and recreation programs

A growing technicolored mural on Skoolie, South Washington County Community Education's "mobile classroom," continued to flourish Aug. 7 as community members added their personal touch at the fourth "Paint the Bus" event this summer in Shawnee Park. Community members will have another chance to leave their mark on Skoolie at Community Ed's last Paint the Bus event 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at Newport Lutheran Church. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia

The Minnesota Recreation and Park Association recognized Woodbury June 27 for they city's Paint the Bus program and Tiny Tot Triathlon. The association gives out annual Awards of Excellence to Minnesota parks and recreation organizations for programs and initiatives it finds impactful.

Paint the Bus was a collaboration between Woodbury Parks and Recreation, South Washington Community Education and the Woodbury YMCA meant to engage people who wouldn't ordinarily go to city-sponsored recreation events, according to a news release from the city. It took place over six summer evenings in 2017 and offered a chance to contribute painting "Skoolie," a bus that became a mobile mural, and take part in culturally-inspired crafts, food and music.

The first Tiny Tot Triathlon on Aug. 5, 2017, gave even the community's youngest members a chance to compete in an athletic event. Kids ages two to five rode bikes and scooters along HealthEast Sports Center paths for the first leg of the race, ran or walked in the second leg and finally waded through the center's splash pad to get to the finish line.

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism interested in the intersection of politics and the everyday lives of citizens. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and concerts, and trying new coffee shops and breweries. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.

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