Ocala Recreation and Parks Division to debut new mascot in July

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Ocala’s Recreation and Parks Department will unveil its new mascot, Rex the Squirrel, during National Parks and Recreation Month in July.

The upcoming month-long celebration will highlight the impact of parks and recreation in the community and will include the unveiling of the city’s new mascot. Rex the Squirrel was created for the city of Ocala and will make his official debut on Friday, July 1st on the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s Facebook page.

Preston Pooser, Ocala Recreation and Parks Director, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Rex to the Ocala Rec and Parks team. Rex will be a great ambassador for our department while providing opportunities to interact with kids, tweens and adults.”

The community is invited to attend Rex’s Birthday Bash on Wednesday, July 20 from 11 am to 1 pm at Tuscawilla Park at 800 NE Sanchez Avenue. This family-friendly event features outdoor activities, face painting, free cupcakes and ice cream provided by the Ocala Police Department’s Polar Patrol.

Rex will appear throughout the birthday party to interact and take photos with attendees.

National Parks and Recreation Month is an opportunity to showcase park employees, the city’s park systems, and the variety of activities and programs offered to the local community.

Throughout the month of July, the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department encourages residents and visitors to share stories and pictures of how recreation and parks have impacted their lives using the hashtag #OcalaRecPark.

For more information, visit the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department website or call 352-368-5517.