Rex the squirrel meets the local community at a birthday party in Tuscawilla Park

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Rex the Squirrel, the new mascot and local ambassador for the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department, had fun meeting members of the community at this week’s birthday party.

On Wednesday, the Recreation and Parks Department hosted the family event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park, located at 800 NE Sanchez Avenue.

Rex’s birthday party was held at Tuscawilla Park (photo courtesy of the Ocala Parks and Recreation Department)

There were outdoor activities, face painting, and the police department’s Polar Patrol was on hand to hand out frozen treats.

Rex the squirrel meets the local community at a birthday party in Tuscawilla Park
A child playing Connect Four (Photo courtesy of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)
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A girl having her face painted (Photo courtesy of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)
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The Ocala Police Department Polar Patrol was on hand with an assortment of frozen treats (photo courtesy of the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)

Rex made numerous appearances throughout the event to interact with attendees and pose for photos.

Rex the squirrel with community members (Photo courtesy of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)
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Rex the squirrel greets a child (Photo courtesy of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)
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A family poses for a photo with Rex the squirrel (Photo courtesy of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)
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A child punches Rex the squirrel (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)
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Rex the squirrel with an Ocala Police Department officer (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, a month-long celebration that highlights the impact of parks and recreation within the community.

When Rex the Squirrel was first announced, Ocala Recreation and Parks Manager Preston Pooser said, “We are thrilled to welcome Rex to the Ocala Recreation and Parks team. . Rex will be a great ambassador for our department while providing the opportunity to interact with children, tweens and adults. »

For more information, visit the City of Ocala Parks and Recreation Department webpage.

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