The Parks Foundation is one of four beneficiaries for this year’s Concerts for a Cause at Camas Meadows, and we can’t wait to see you there! Unlike prior years, this year is ticketed instead of donation at the gate. Proceeds for all seven concerts and sponsorships will be split among the beneficiaries, which also include the City of Camas Parks & Recreation, Friends of Hospice, and Santa’s Posse.
The main focus for Concerts for a Cause is connecting the community with our great charitable organizations through music. Since its inception, Concerts for a Cause has been showcasing some of the best bands in the local area and has gained popularity as an event that you don’t want to miss! The concerts are every Tuesday evening July 5 – August 16, 6:30-9pm.
This year’s fantastic line up is as follows:
July 5 – Stone In Love with Collective Nation
Travel on a “Journey” from Camas to Portland with these two great bands. Collective Nation hails from Camas and they will be supporting Stone In Love, a Portland-based Journey tribute band.
July 12 – Abbey Road LIVE!
Love the Beatles? Then you will love Abbey Road LIVE! They are not your typical Beatles tribute band, as they put their own contemporary Portland sound to Beatles’ masterpieces.
July 19 – 5 Guys Named Moe
This large ensemble of local musicians will titillate your musical palate with their renditions of 70s to contemporary music that will only leave you dancing.
July 26 – Flexor T
This award winning country band is the brain child of KGW Channel 8 Sports Commentator, Joe Becker, and Brian Pelky (5 Guys Named Moe). They are a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll as they have been known to rock it on stage!
August 2 – Ants in the Kitchen
Who doesn’t love a little 70s funk, blues and soul? That’s what you will get with this local seven-member ensemble.
August 9 – Petty Fever
You don’t want to miss this award winning Tom Petty tribute band that has been known to “do Tom Petty better than Tom Petty!”
August 16 – Patrick Lamb
Need we say more?
Advance tickets are $5 online and $8 at the door. Food and drink available for purchase. No pets or outside food or drink, please. Season and family passes are also available. To purchase tickets or passes, please visit here.
Come visit us at our booth and say hello! We will have some fun prizes and information about what’s happening in the world of parks!
On May 10, community leaders, parks and recreation professionals, advocates and supporters of the Parks Foundation packed the Vancouver Hilton for our Annual Luncheon. We distributed more than $125,000 in community grants and celebrated our Florence B. Wager Award recipients.
Emcees Jim Mains and Gary Bock provided a fun atmosphere leading a bingo game and an impromptu auction. Five lucky bingo winners received gift cards to Dutch Bros and Beaches Restaurant. Beaches’ Mark Matthias surprised everyone by donating a pre-opening chef’s critic table at his new venture, Warehouse ’23, which went up for auction and sold for $1,000! Next, Waterfront developer Barry Cain gave a captivating keynote speech about all of the fantastic things happening at Vancouver’s waterfront. For a full list of grant recipients, click here. In addition to distributing community grants, the annual luncheon also celebrates the recipients of the Florence B. Wager Awards, which honor local leaders who have contributed an outstanding level of commitment and service to our parks, trails, and recreation.
Congratulations to John and Debra Bauman, recipients of the Leading Eagle Award; Marie Bouvier, recipient of the V-Formation Flyer Award; and Bill Bjerke, recipient of the Tributary Award. Thank you for your dedication and tremendous support for parks, trails and recreation in Clark County. To read their stories in full, click here.
We would also like to thank our sponsors: Gramor Development, The Waterfront Vancouver USA, Waste Connections, Vesta Hospitality, Riverview Bank and OnPoint Community Credit Union, as well as Dutch Bros and Mark Matthias for their generous donations. And, of course, thank you to all who attended! It was a great crowd, and guests at every table made the choice to donate in support of next year’s grants. We are overwhelmed by the support of our community!
When recession hit, Yacolt felt the effects hard, however through a generous grant, they were able to breathe new life into Town Park with a new skate park. Construction began in 2012 after the youth in Yacolt spearheaded the skate park project and even assisted in the planning. Prior to 2012, the nearest skate park was 15 miles away in Battle Ground, and the sidewalks were too dangerous for skateboarding.
In 2014, the Town of Yacolt received a community grant in the amount of $21,650 from the Parks Foundation that allowed construction of phase II and III, which increased the size of the park and included stationary equipment for skaters to test their skills in a fun and safe environment. Completing this project brought excitement to the community, not only for their new asset, but to the young people who were dedicated to seeing construction through to its fruition.
The expanded park opened to the public on August 29, 2014.
Community grants are only made possible through donations from our generous community. Click here to help give grants to our municipalities within Clark County.
The Parks Foundation Annual Luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 10, from 11:30am-1pm, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Tickets, $35 for Parks Foundation members and $40 for nonmembers, are available online here or by calling the Foundation office at (360)487-8370.
The Foundation launched the Community Grant program in 2009. Since that time, the Foundation has awarded more than $685,000 in grants.
“We have an incredible group of projects and programs this year, and are honored to continue the work of supporting vibrant parks, trails and recreation programs throughout this county,” said Parks Foundation Executive Director Temple Lentz. “This year’s grants are only possible because of the extraordinary generosity of our donors and members, and our wonderful corporate and community partners. We are fortunate to live in a community that not only recognizes the importance of parks and recreation, but also steps up to support it.”
Community Grant Awards for 2016 are:
Battle Ground: Summer Playground Program—$9,500 sponsored in part by Riverview Community Bank and Banner Bank
Battle Ground: Recreation Scholarships—$2,000 sponsored by Waste Connections
Camas: Playground Equipment at Crown Park—$4,000 sponsored in part by Nautilus Inc.
Chinook Trail Association/City of Vancouver: Ellen Davis Trail—$5,000
Clark County: Felida Children’s Garden – $10,000
Vancouver: Everybody Plays! Recreation Scholarship Program—$10,000 sponsored by Nautilus Inc. and Waste Connections
Vancouver: Marine Park Playground Equipment—$7,500
Vancouver: Marshall Swim Scholarships and Free Swim—$12,000 sponsored by Bauman Chiropractic
Vancouver: Sensory Camp—$16,000 sponsored in part by Nordstrom Cares
Vancouver: Teen Late Night Program—$16,000 sponsored in part by Community Foundation of SW Washington
Vancouver: Summer Playground Programs—$26,000 sponsored by the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation
Washougal: Hamllik Park Bicycle Skills Course and Pump Track—$6,000 sponsored in part by Nautilus Inc.
The Parks Foundation of Clark County is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Florence B. Wager Awards.
Each year, the Parks Foundation honors leaders, volunteers, and parks and recreation professionals who have had a significant impact on the development and enhancement of the parks, trails, and recreation programs of Clark County. The award’s namesake, Florence B. Wager, was a tireless advocate for parks, trails, and greenways in our community, and exemplified the high level of service these awards recognize. Florence B. Wager passed away in 2012.
John and Debra Bauman of Bauman Chiropractic have been named as recipients of the Leading Eagle Award. This award recognizes a community leader who has made contributions that have significantly influenced the life, health, and direction of our parks, trails, and recreation programs. John Bauman grew up in Vancouver and spent his formative years shooting hoops at Marshall Center. Now the owner of a successful small business, he and his family give back by supporting swim programs at Marshall. Their support provides swim lesson scholarships to children whose families can’t afford lessons, and also sponsors the weekly free family swim. Since 2009, the Baumans have made significant annual donations, and will have given more than $90,000 by the end of this year. “John and Debra’s commitment to the health and wellness of children and families is not limited to their financial contributions,” said Andy Meade, Marshall Center Director. “John, Debra, and their children are avid participants in our programs and have volunteered as coaches in some of the youth sport leagues. They embody the characteristics of this award.”
Marie Bouvier, Chair of the Ridgefield Parks Board, has won the V-Formation Flyer Award in honor of her years of service and leadership on behalf of parks, trails and recreation in Ridgefield. This award recognizes a spirited volunteer whose dedication goes above and beyond the norm, unhesitatingly giving of their time and resources to organize, develop, or enhance the parks, trails, and recreation programs in our community. Bouvier has served on the parks board for 11 years, and has overseen many developments that in 2015 alone include a strong strategic plan, a disc golf facility in Abrams Park, and Ridgefield’s first off-leash dog area. “I rely on the help of great volunteers to get things done in our amazing, fast-growing city,” said Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow. “Marie is one of the best we have, and I know we wouldn’t have the parks we do, and will have in the future, without her help and leadership.”
Bill Bjerke, Clark County Parks Manager, has been named the recipient of the Tributary Award in recognition of his work leading the county’s parks division. This award recognizes a parks and recreation professional who has gone above and beyond their daily duties in developing or enhancing innovative programs that connect the public to parks and recreation in new ways, creating new efficiencies to ease cost burdens, or securing/developing new grant sources or revenue concepts. Bjerke’s strong leadership, dedication to service, and collaborative, positive attitude were cited in the letters of support accompanying his nomination. “With the county’s 2014 split from Vancouver Parks and Recreation, the full responsibility of parks was placed in Bill’s very capable hands,” said Barbara Anderson, Chair of the Clark County parks Advisory Board. “The situation presented challenges at every turn. He hit the ground running and I was amazed at both his fortitude and perseverance. I don’t believe the word enthusiasm can even begin to describe him; it just seems so inadequate.”
The Florence B. Wager Awards will be formally presented at the Parks Foundation’s Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10. The luncheon, emceed by Jim Mains and Gary Bock, will also feature the formal presentation of the 2016 Parks Foundation Community Grants. All are invited to attend the luncheon on Tuesday, May 10, from 11:30am-1pm, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Tickets are available online or by calling the Foundation office at (360)487-8370.
In recognition of the impact and influence her leadership has had in our community, the Parks Foundation of Clark County proudly presents the Florence B. Wager Award. The award honors leaders, volunteers, and parks and recreation professionals who, through their actions, influence, and example, have had a significant impact in the development and enhancement of the parks, trails, and recreation programs of Clark County. The award’s namesake, Florence B. Wager, exemplified this level of service in this community for decades. Award Information Packet
The Leading Eagle Award recognizes a community leader who has led initiatives that have significantly influenced the life, health, and direction of our parks, trails, and recreation programs.
The V-Formation Flyer Award recognizes the spirited volunteer whose dedication goes above and beyond the norm, unhesitatingly giving of their time and resources to organize, develop, or enhance the parks, trails, and recreation programs in our community.
The Tributary Award recognizes a parks and recreation professional who has gone above and beyond their daily duties in developing or enhancing innovative programs that connect the public to parks and recreation in new ways, creating new efficiencies to ease cost burdens, or securing/developing new grant sources or revenue concepts.
For more information and to see past recipients, visit the Awards page on this site.
Our community is incredible. Our people are generous and engaged, and we have beautiful parks to visit where we can play, run, visit, and think. These shared community resources are some of our greatest treasures here in Clark County. And because of the support of our citizens and businesses, we are able to help them thrive, even when public funding for them shrinks.
Each year, the Parks Foundation gives Community Grants to municipalities within Clark County, to help fund projects that will continue to improve our parks. From recreation scholarships to Sensory Camp to new play structures to skate parks and bike tracks, we are honored to be in a position to help make these projects happen.
Please help us continue this great work by contributing to our end-of-year campaign, Every dollar donated will go toward Community Grants, which will be awarded in May. And, even better — give by December 31 and your gift will be DOUBLED by matching gifts from Waste Connections, Riverview Bank, and an anonymous donor. Please give today, and be a part of helping us continue this great work!
We just had too much good stuff to write about for Swing More 24, so we had to add another post!
The broad participation from so many of our jurisdictions was impressive, to say the least. Our smaller cities in Clark County may be small in size, but they are mighty when it comes to residents’ commitment to keeping their home towns great places to be!
Four of our county’s mayors stepped up to a friendly challenge, and helped get city councilors and city staff out to the swings to show their support. We tried to pick a winner, but in the end, our county’s parks, rec programs and trails, are the real winners. These mayors, city councilors, and staff truly care about their cities–and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Just two weeks ago, our community shared in the collective generosity of Give More 24, Southwest Washington’s day of online giving. At the Parks Foundation, we participated by holding the first-ever Swing More 24!
Thank you to the more than 30 people who donated their time and attention to join us to swing in support of parks! From 9am to 5pm, Parks Foundation supporters perched on swing sets in Vancouver, Ridgefield, Camas, Washougal, and Clark County. They engaged with the people who use our parks every day, and encouraged their friends and family to show their support by donating.
It was absolutely inspiring to see so many people–from elected officials to business owners to volunteers and community activists–take time out of their day and spend it helping us bring attention to our parks!
Altogether, our swingers and supporters raised $6,480, nearly double what we raised last year!
To inspire some friendly competition, we promised that all donations that were flagged in support of a specific participant would be credited to them–and everything donated in support of a specific city or the county would be credited to that jurisdiction.
Susan, who spends her days doing marketing for XRAY FM and the Carl in the Morning radio show, rallied her network to donate in her name, and garnered BOTH the most donations, AND the highest collective dollar amount, with 18 donations that totaled $600! Thank you to Susan, and to everyone who donated to support her and parks in Clark County!
As our thanks to Susan for her incredible efforts, we are giving her an engraved brick in Esther Short Park’s Propstra Square. [If you’d like to join Susan and buy a brick for a friend, business, or loved one, click here!]
So many people joined us and made a difference, we have to recognize some other award-winners!
Noland Hoshino and Bryan Dainty
We envision thriving partnerships with communities to ensure uncommonly vibrant parks, trails, and recreation programs throughout Clark County.