Now that the City of Shawnee developed a recreation department this summer, many new events may be added to the community's list of regular occurrences.

Now that the City of Shawnee developed a recreation department this summer, many new events may be added to the community's list of regular occurrences.

Since July, the city has had in its arsenal the help of Recreation Manager Kerri Foster and Program Coordinator Rachel Watters; Foster started out as the Aquatics Manager of the Splash at Woodland Veterans Park.

“We are working on a small scale to offer some fun and safe things to do around town, Foster said. “I hope in the next year or two we will have an actual calendar of events showcasing what there is to offer.”

She said the department will have programs year-round.

“We are starting very small, due to very limited resources and two employees, but heavily relying on local organizations to provide programs and events to the community,” she said. “Our goal is to work together instead of trying to do things alone.”

She said she has met with some very passionate leaders in the community that share the same objectives the city does.

“I am looking forward to what Shawnee will look like in five years,” she said. “I'm so very excited.”

Events and programs will be planned all over town, she said — every park, city building (municipal auditorium, community center) and even things out on the lake areas.

“As we set up procedures, pricing, goals and objectives for the department, we are hoping to continue to grow employee numbers as resources allow,” Foster said.

Foster already has some events lined up for local canine lovers.

“We have Yappy Hour every Thursday in September at the dog park,” Foster said. “It is a time where people can come out and bring their pup to enjoy music and visit booths for all dog things.”

She said she hopes this is an event that will get people out to enjoy the weather, the dog park — at 1900 W. Independence — and socialize.

“We will have tons of prizes such as free grooming, nail trims, and gift baskets,” she said. These Yappy-Hour Thursdays will lead up to our annual Doggie Dip Day at the Splash — Saturday, Sept. 23.”

Some upcoming events

• Sept. 22 — Movie in the Park, 7:30 p.m. at KidSpace (free to attend)

• Sept. 23 — Doggie Dip Day, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Shawnee Splash ($5 entry per dog)

• Oct. 6 — Teen Talent Show, 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium ($10 to enter an act, $5 to attend)

• Oct. 13 — Friday the 13th Movie, 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium ($5 to attend)

• Oct. 19-21 — Boo on Bell

• Oct. 27 — Movie in the Park, 7 p.m. at Woodland Veterans Park (free to attend)

For more information, call (405) 275-3986 or visit the parks and recreation Facebook page at facebook.com/shawneepr.