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August 2011

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City of College Station * Home of Texas A&M University ® * College Station, Texas * * * * * * * Energy Conservation/Rebates 979.764.3724 Wind Watts/Wind Power 979.764.3535 cstx.gov/ucs e-Bill Sign-up 979.764.3535 cstx.gov/ucs e-Payments 979.764.EPAY (3729) epay.cstx.gov Credit Card Payments 979.764.3535

SKATE PARK is READY ! provided by ESPN’s X-Games, T skateboarding has grown into one of the hanks to the extensive exposure

country’s most popular sports activities. A 2001 survey by the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association determined that more Americans were riding skateboards than playing baseball. Participants in traditional sports such as baseball, soccer or tennis have always had adequate facilities to support their passion, but relatively few facilities exist for skateboarders to safely hone their skills and enjoy their sport. However, cities across the United States have noticed the sport’s rising popularity and the nation’s 9.3 million skateboarders now have access to almost 3,000 skate parks. College Station will join the popular skateboarding movement when the 14,000-square-foot Southwood Athletic Complex Skate Park celebrates its grand opening Sept. 3. The idea for the park sparked a grassroots effort by local enthusiasts, and city voters approved the

$920,000 facility in the 2008 bond election. With extensive input from the public and local skateboarders, planning began in 2009 and construction started in April. Designed for all skill levels, the competitionquality park consists of a large pro-style flow bowl, a pool bowl with tile and pool coping and a long linear street course with hundreds of feet of unique terrain and scalable elements. Other features include water fountains, benches and a shaded patio area for spectators. The facility is mostly made of concrete, which is permanent and virtually maintenance free. The skate park was designed by Bleyl & Associates of Bryan in conjunction with Grindline, Inc., a skate park specialty design firm based in Seattle, Wash. The park was constructed by JaCody, Inc. of College Station in association with SPA Skateparks of Austin. IS SKATEBOARDING SAFE? Skateboarding has risks, but it is far less dangerous than some might think. In

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cstx.gov/utilities 2002, the Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that the number of skateboarding injuries per active skateboarder is fewer than in sports such as basketball. Skateboarding had an injury rate of 8.9 per 1,000 participants, while basketball produced 21.2 emergency room-treated injuries per 1,000 players.

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Citizen Police Academy Register today! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a police officer? Here’s your chance! Register today for the 44th College Station Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. This free program offers residents an inside look at their local police department and criminal justice system. Weatherization & Insulation Conserving energy In an effort to conserve energy, many homeowners consider adding insulation to their homes for increased comfort and decreased energy costs. Before adding insulation, though, it is important to weatherize your home by sealing off air leaks. The unnecessary loss of heated and cooled air through exchange with outside or attic air can significantly reduce the benefits derived from increased insulation. The following are some ways to optimize air flow in your home: • Check all exterior doors to ensure that they are properly weather stripped. • All windows should be caulked, and all penetrations into the attic space should be sealed. • Remove grilles on duct outlets and bath fans where the connecting duct or fan housing meets the sheetrock and caulk. • Wall outlets and switch plates should also be caulked and sealed around the outlet boxes and at the wiring entries from the attic. • Inexpensive foam gaskets are available which can be installed behind the switch and socket plates that will help deter air infiltration as well. • All plumbing entries from the attic and under sinks and toilets should also be caulked and sealed. Once air leakages have been addressed, consider installing additional insulation only if it is necessary and cost-effective. College Station Utilities recommends minimum R-values of R-30 in ceilings, R-13 in wall cavities, and R-19 in subfloors. For more information on weatherization or insulation, contact College Station Utilities Energy Services at 979.764.6274 or online at cstx.gov/utilities. .........................................

The academy will be held on Tuesdays, Sept. 6 through Nov. 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Applications are located at the College Station Police Department main office (2611 Texas Avenue South) or online at cstx.gov/police. To learn more, contact Officer Dennis Bain at 979.764.2573 or dbain@cstx.gov. .........................................

College Station Conference Center Book a room for your meeting or event Looking for a facility to host your next fall event? The College Station Conference Center is a perfect and affordable option! Reserve a room today for your next party, family reunion, social, reception or shower. The Conference Center has seven rooms that can hold 12 to 420 people, plus a large catering kitchen with an ice machine, refrigerator, two microwaves and a conventional oven. There is also a beautiful deck and patio area. The space includes a variety of amenities including: audiovisual equipment, internet access, flip charts, tables, disco ball, a piano, wedding trellis, lattice screens and much more. The facility’s friendly, experienced staff will help make your event a success. College Station Conference Center 1300 George Bush Drive 979.764.3720 * cstx.gov/conferencecenter

REGISTRATION for FALL ACTIVITIES Athletics and Xtra Education Fall Xtra Education | cstx.gov/xtraed | 979.764.3486 | Registration begins Aug. 29. Athletics | cstx.gov/sports | 979.764.3486 Register at parksweb.cstx.gov or visit the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office. • Adult Flag Football, Aug. 22 - Sept. 2 | Must be 16 years of age or older | Play begins Sunday, Sept. 11. • Girls Softball, Aug. 22 - Sept. 2 | All girls 5 to 12 years of age are invited | Games begin Monday, Oct. 3. • Adult Kickball, Aug. 29 - Sept. 9 | Must be 16 years of age or older | Play begins Wednesday, Sept. 21. • Girls Volleyball, Aug. 29 - Sept. 9 | Limited to girls attending 5th–8th grades during the 2011-2012 school year | Practices begin Sept. 26, games begin on Oct. 10. • Adult Volleyball, Sept. 6 - 16 | Must be 16 years of age or older to participate | Play begins Tuesday, Sept. 27. • Challenger Soccer, Sept. 6 -16 | Individuals with special needs in PreK12th are invited | Play begins Sunday, Sept. 25. ......................................... Sept. 5: Labor Day Holiday (City offices will be closed). Garbage, Brush, Bulk, and Commercial will be COLLECTED AS NORMAL. Recycling collection route for Monday will resume on Sept. 12. Sept. 10: Ziegfest, 9th annual Ziegenbock Music Festival at Wolf Pen Creek. Gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets now online at outhousetickets.com. Sept. 19: Neighborhood Seminar Supper, 6 p.m. at CS Conference Center. Featuring Joe Guerra, city transportation coordinator. RSVP to Barbara Moore by Sept. 16 at bmoore@cstx.gov or 979.764.6262. Sept. 21: Exploring History Lunch Lecture, 11:30 a.m. at CS Conference Center. “A History of Laws and Legal Community of Brazos Valley” by W.T. McDonald, Jr. $5 per person. RSVP by Sept. 19 to Anne Boykin at aboykin@cstx.gov or 979.764.3491. .........................................

Inside College Station -- August 2011  

The August issue of the Inside College Station city newsletter includes fatures on the new skate park, weatherizing and insulating your home...

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