Young and old gathered together at West Guth Park to celebrate that special bond that exist between family generations.
In honor of Grandparents Day, the Corpus Christi Parks and Rec, along with sponsors HEB, Coffee Break News and CHRISTUS Spohn hosted an event with competition for teams of grandparents and their grandchildren.
Richard Avila Sr. wore a set of medals he and his grandson, Richard Avila III, earned while competing at West Guth Park on Saturday.
“We thought it was a good chance for me, as a grandparent, to be involved with my grandchild. With Richard's dad out of town for the Texas A&M game, Avlia Sr. had the chance to spend the entire day taking his grandson to games and piano lessons.
“I thought it was pretty fun,” Richard said. “We learned how to play some new sports and stuff. We really like tennis.”
Avila said he is used to seeing his grandson on the weekends, watching him play baseball, but Saturday provided an opportunity to take part in an activity together as a family.
“It's a busy day, so I'll spend the whole day with him, and hopefully he'll buy me lunch,” Avila said, laughing. “He's got lots of money.”
Along with grandparents and grandchildren getting together, the Grandparent's Day event was also an opportunity to provide important information about Medicaid and medical coverage options for children.
Jacqueline Martinez, a distribution service representative for Texas Medicaid/CHIPS community outreach, was on hand at the Senior Center to provide information on medical programs though the CHRISTUS Health Plan.
“We're just here to make sure everyone is insured, and here to assist with Medicaid information, and make sure the children have coverage,” Martinez said. “Some of them just wanted an application, and others wanted more information on what the guidelines are.”
Corpus Christi Parks and Rec Advisory Committee member Rita Sonia Herrera-Padron said the ultimate goal was to bring more people outside to enjoy the beautiful parks the city has to offer.
This year West Guth Park came in second to Cole Park in popularity among residents of Corpus Christi. Coinciding with the Grandparents' Day event was an area cross county meet, which utilized the wide open hills and running paths unique to West Guth Park.
Padron also focused on the increasing ration of children being raised by their grandparents, compared to parents who raise their own children.
“This lets them know that there are things they can do outdoors together. There are not many events for grandparents to come out to,” Pardon said. “And that's what we wanted to celebrate, the role the grandparents are taking in the family, a bigger role than in previous years.”