It’s a beautiful day to be outside with Wrangell’s Parks and Rec Director Kate Thomas. (June Leffler/ KSTK)

Talk on the Rock is KSTK’s live call-in show. Every Tuesday at 1pm we welcome a local guest to discuss events and topics of interest to our little island town. For this week’s episode, host June Leffler spoke with Kate Thomas. Parks and Recreation facilities have been shuttered for almost two months. But as the state slowly reopens, Kate is anticipating what the future could look like. Summer programs will not look the same, but smaller and more intimate activities will be a possibility.

In the meantime, Kate says Wrangellites are fairing pretty well in terms of outdoor recreation. Compared to down south, and even places in Alaska, our outdoor sites are not shuttered or crowded. But Kate still encourages folks to be mindful on the trails and in parks. If you see a lot of cars at the park, considering coming back later or going to another outdoor area. If you’re able bodied, take your walk to Rainbow Falls so older folks and those with less mobility can enjoy the Nature Trail.

Parks and Recreation is also hosting virtual events to engage the community. A virtual fun run takes place on May 23. And Wrangell’s virtual talent show will close video submissions on May 28th.