New recreation coordinator has big plans for Sunnyside

Megan Razey swam with the Sunnyside Sharks summer swim team for 14 years, but in the process of interning as a recreation coordinator, she also spent time in Key Largo swimming with real sharks. Now she's returned to Sunnyside to give the city's recreation program a boost. Razey is the new recreation coordinator for the city of Sunnyside. She'll be working at the community center starting Monday, Aug. 19. Razey's experience includes a degree in recreation and tourism management from Central Washington University. Razey is no stranger to Sunnyside. She grew up in this community and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 2008. In addition to having been a member of the Sunnyside Rotary swim team, she also coached the Prosser swim team and was an assistant coach with the Sharks before heading off to CWU. At Central she learned how to build a recreation program and the value of a good program to a city. "It builds bonds," she said. "Not just with children but with the parents attending events as well. It builds connections and strengthens a community. I've seen what a good recreation program can do and I'm eager to see it here." Razey also filled out her experience with internships on Holland America Cruise Line and a private club in Key Largo. "It was adventure with long hours," she said of the cruise line internship. "I ran youth programs. It was a 15-minute walk to work on the ship." During the cruise Razey entertained groups of up to 75 teens with limited resources. "You aren't able to get new equipment easily on a cruise," she said, laughing. During her second internship she programmed beach parties and handled crowds of 150-500 people at a time. She also had a chance to swim with real sharks, although not intentionally. "When we saw the hammerhead sharks, we got out of the water quickly," she laughed. Her experiences have given her the confidence to work with a wide range of people and ages. She said she has a 10-year plan for getting Sunnyside's recreation program into top shape. "I know what I'd like to have in the end," she said. "I can't do it without help, though. I want to continue all the current programs. I don't want to cut anything, I want to add more." Razey suggests that residents should head to city hall and the community center and fill out volunteer forms. "The community has to be involved," she said. "I cannot do it without them. There's going to be a lot of people hearing from me. I'm not shy. "I'm going to make this work."


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