Parks & Recreation

Gone Fishin

Monday, April 1st was no typical April Fools Day for many disabled students from Washington County School District. When told that they were loading up on buses to go fishing at Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park, the excitement was evident. Hosted by Southern Utah Anglers (SUA), a local non-profit organization, youth with disabilities of all ages enjoyed a beautiful Spring day at the fishing pond. David Black, SUA Event Organizer, expressed his appreciation to Washington City for providing the venue, medical support, and assistance with the event. He stated that the Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park Pond is big enough to accommodate the large group, but of even greater importance, it allows easy access for students in wheel chairs or those facing disabilities that challenge their mobility. Many students had never had an opportunity like this before, so they felt the joy of catching a fish for the first time. Needless to say, the Special Needs Fishing Derby was a heartwarming event. In addition to Southern Utah Anglers and Washington City, it should be noted that Washington County School District, Utah State Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) and Dominion Energy provided resources and volunteers to ensure that this event was a success.

-Kole Staheli

Assistant Leisure Services Director

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