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April 15, 2014 > East Bay Regional Park District honored

East Bay Regional Park District honored

Submitted By Mona Koh

The East Bay Regional Park District received an Award of Excellence from the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) at the 2014 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference held March 5-7. The Park DistrictÕs Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival received top honors in the category of ÒCreating Community: Health and Wellness.Ó

The Park District held the free Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont for three years Ð in June of 2011, 2012, and 2013. This event was hosted by EBRPD in partnership with the US Forest Service, in conjunction with its ÒNational Outdoors Day.Ó

EBRPD Board President Ayn Wieskamp enthused, ÒI canÕt think of a more worthy prize for the Park District, as this festival is one of our best endeavors ever! Telling people about the parks and how they can have fun, and at the same time get into good habits, is terrific.Ó

51 agencies submitted entries in the ÒCreating CommunityÓ category of the 2013 CPRS Awards of Excellence, and nine awards were given. The Park DistrictÕs Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival was noted for creative approaches and community collaborations including the partnership with the US Forest Service; culturally diverse entertainment and multi-cultural outreach; engagement with community groups; sponsorships by community partners including Kaiser Permanente and Washington Healthcare System; and youth engagement. The festival drew 2,000 Ð 3,500 visitors per year.

Board Member Carol Severin with fellow EBRPD Director Doug Siden accepted the award on behalf of the Park District. ÒParks have an important role to play in community health and wellness,Ó remarked Ms. Severin, ÒThe festival was a creative way to engage the public and share the message about outdoor recreation and its benefits.Ó

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