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 celebrate another year boosting self-esteem, healthy lifestyle habits and a positive outlook. That’s what the Everybody Plays Scholarship program, which has been providing children access to healthy and fun recreational activities since 1992, can boast. The entire community reaps the rewards of having physically and mentally healthy citizens, and this program makes sure that it is available for all children in our community. Uniquely designed for low income children and citizens with disabilities in Clark County, the Everybody Plays Scholarship program provides funding assistance and scholarships for recreational activities offered at both the Firstenburg and Marshall Community Centers.
The figures are impressive. In 2013, 836 scholarships were granted and a total of $44,000 in scholarship benefits were provided. Approximately 300 youth with about 3,000 hours of activity, participated in swimming lessons, sports activities as well as programs specifically designed for the disabled.
In 2013, the Parks Foundation awarded $14,000 to this extensive program that reaches out to so many families in our community. In fact, over the past five years, $148,420 has been distributed through the Parks Foundation in scholarship funding, and with your help again in 2014, we can make sure that everyone has access to the very necessary art of playing. You can make a donation online or call the Parks Foundation office at 360-487-8370.
The City of Camas applied for a community grant from the Parks Foundation in 2013, with the hopes of replacing a popular, but outdated, piece of playground equipment in Crown Park. They were excited to hear when they were awarded the grant and we are excited to hear about the completion of the merry-go-round installation!
This new piece of playground equipment now allows for accessibility to all users and was installed in accordance with current ASTM safety standards, including a 6 foot wide rubber topped concrete path around the entire play area.
There has been a lot of community interest and pride in this project. The color scheme chosen reflects local elementary, middle, and high school colors and as an added bonus, members of a local Weblos Cub Scout troop were able to work on their engineering requirement during the initial planning of the project.
The City of Camas plans to install a plaque to acknowledge the Parks Foundation’s generous gift to the City, but the Parks Foundation wants you to know that we didn’t do this alone… the plaque is for you too! Without your generous support and donations, we wouldn’t be able to provide the financial backing for wonderful projects like this one.
Thanks to all of you who support the Parks Foundation and the Community Grants Program!
This post is the first in a series highlighting the amazing work from our Community Grant recipients. Thanks to all the donors that made this great program a reality!
The Evergreen Summer Playground Program, now in its sixth year, has seen participation grow to a record high of 119 children participating in 2013. The program provides children ages 6 – 11 living on the Fourth Plain corridor a safe, supervised and positive place to play, learn, and have fun during the summer break. And, thanks to our partnership with SHARE, each child received a free nutritious lunch every day of the program.
The baseball clinics led and supervised by former Major League Baseball player and Fort Vancouver High School graduate Brian Hunter were an exciting addition to this year’s lineup of events. The children loved the clinics and Brian’s presence provided a wonderful example of someone who grew up in their neighborhood, became successful, and is giving back and encouraging others to strive for success!
A huge thank you to the Vancouver Police Department, and especially Corporal Duane Boynton, who has been with this program from the beginning. In addition to ensuring a safe environment in the park, he is able to outreach and provide a positive perspective and image of the police to the children and community.
The Evergreen Park Playground program has had significant impact on our community far beyond the bounds of the park and program. In addition to successfully accomplishing the initial goal of providing a safe, structured and supervised program for children in the Fourth Plain corridor, the program has truly transformed the park back to the community asset and gathering place it was intended to be. The Parks Foundation is proud to be a part of this program!
We envision thriving partnerships with communities to ensure uncommonly vibrant parks, trails, and recreation programs throughout Clark County.