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February 18, 2009 > Commission wins state award

Commission wins state award

Submitted By Renee Lorentzen

The California Association of Parks & Recreation Commissioners and Board Members (CABRCBM) awards committee has selected the City of Milpitas' Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission (PRCRC) as the state of California's "Outstanding Commission" for 2008-2009.

The Commission has shown exemplary service to its community and dedication to its mission through several notable projects, two of which are featured in this award.
The PRCRC has been diligently working on videos featuring all the City's parks and most recently helped to form the Milpitas Parks and Recreation Foundation, a non-profit in Milpitas whose mission is to promote health and inspiration through recreation for the Milpitas community today and for generations to come. The Foundation recently raised over $7,000 for its scholarship program assisting persons wanting to participate in recreation activities in Milpitas.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission will be presented their award at the CABRCBM Annual Banquet on Thursday, March 5 in Santa Clara at the Marriott Hotel.

For more information on City Commissions or the Milpitas Parks and Recreation Foundation call (408) 586-3210.

Founded July 1, 1992, the PRCRC formed when the Milpitas City Council combined the functions of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commission (originally founded May 25, 1964) and the Cultural Resources Preservation Board (originally founded April 16, 1985) into one commission. This action was taken at the May 19, 1992 City Council meeting to be effective July 1, 1992.

This Commission advises the City Council regarding the operation and maintenance of recreation, leisure services, and historic preservation activities. The Commission also advises the City Council on the acquisition, planning, and development of new and existing parks and facilities. The Commission also assists with identifying, protecting, and enhancing structures and other features reflecting special aspects of the City's cultural heritage.

The Commission consists of seven members and two alternates. Members are appointed to three-year terms and alternates are appointed to two-year terms. In 2006 the commission established a goal of creating a series of documentary videos of Milpitas neighborhood parks that would highlight key features found in each park and renew public interest in our parks in 2007. The documentary videos are now broadcast on Milpitas Community Television Cable Channel.

The production of four more park videos will complete the project.

The Milpitas Parks and Recreation Foundation was founded in September 2007 by a sub-committee of the PRCRC with the purpose of promoting participation in Park and Recreation Programs and the enhancement of parks. The creation of the Foundation Scholarship program has been established to assist funding for participants within all Milpitas Recreation programs, as well as pursue grants to help preserve Cultural Resources.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission shall hold regular meetings on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

All meetings shall be open to the public. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission works in an advisory capacity to the City Council on matters pertaining to the operation and maintenance of an effective program of recreation, leisure services and historic preservation. The Commission also assists City Council in the identification, protection and enhancement of structures or other features of Milpitas that reflect special aspects of the City's cultural heritage.

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