St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department Inducts John Bert Watson into Hall of Fame Ahead of Parks and Recreation Month

At the regular St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, June 18, the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department inducted John Bert Watson into its Hall of Fame and recognized July as Parks and Recreation Month.

The late John Bert Watson was inducted for his years of dedicated service to his community and tireless advocacy for the youth of St. Johns County. He was instrumental in founding the Creeks Athletic Association and served for 12 years as a member of the Recreation Advisory Board and Northwest Tower Committee Board. His commitment to the advancement of Parks and Recreation was immortalized through his pivotal role in establishing the St. Johns County Parks Foundation.

“Bert Watson was a beloved community leader whose leadership and dedication to the County’s youth were unparalleled,” Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Jamie Baccari said. “His vision helped create the St. Johns County Parks Foundation, among countless other contributions to Parks and Recreation. Everyone who served with him during his 12 years on the Recreation Advisory Board knew just how invested he was in St. Johns County.”

July’s Parks and Recreation Month celebration is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association. NRPA’s theme for 2024 is “Where You Belong,” and St. Johns County Parks and Recreation has planned a whole month of events and programs that will let residents of all ages and abilities celebrate the important role the department plays in creating a sense of belonging and a more vibrant community.

“Parks and Recreation Month encourages us to acknowledge the essential roles of Parks and Recreation professionals in preserving our open spaces, promoting healthy lifestyles, and providing a variety of activities and resources that enrich the lives of people from all walks of life,” Parks and Recreation Director Ryan Kane said. “It’s a time to celebrate their significant impact on our community and encourage appreciation for their valuable services.”