It was a glorious sunny day on Saturday morning as we took the dogs out for a walk to one of our favorite places, Burnt Bridge Creek Trail. We started at the entrance on Bernie Drive. What could be better than walking along the beautiful paved path with a forest of trees alongside?! It was getting hot, so we took a trail up into the trees and spent some time walking through the forested area. It is so beautiful, our very own enchanted forest! We walked back out on the trail and continued up to the creek. We love to sit beside the cool running water and rest there before heading back home… and on this particularly hot day, the dogs loved it too!
Be sure to get out this weekend and enjoy one of Clark County’s many amazing trails! I encourage you to experience Burnt Bridge Trail. You can find a trail map here: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parks-recreation/parks_trails/trails/pdfs/BurntBridge.pdf
The 2012 Concerts for a Cause opened July 11 and the Parks Foundation was the designated beneficiary, receiving $4,165! With a perfect evening, delicious food, and Linda Hornbuckle to bring in record-breaking numbers to listen to her gospel-charged soul sound; it was indeed a lovely night.
Don’t worry if you missed out, the concerts are every week until August 21st, so be sure to help other local non-profits and make the most of summer, good food and great music. Here are the upcoming concert details.
What is Nature Play? Nature Play is a new term for an old idea, that outdoor play can include free time to explore, adventure and have fun with kids and families. It’s when kids and their families, friends and neighbors get together for informal adventures, they could walk through a forest, go for a wildflower walk, listen for different bird calls, walk on logs or watch for wildlife. Nature Play is a chance for people to build relationships with their friends, help care for a park, get some exercise, learn new skills and have fun.
Do you want to form a Nature Explore Club? The Parks Foundation of Clark County is sponsoring the 2012 Nature Club program. A Nature Club is a group of friends and families that explore our regions outdoor areas together. Each club can recruit their own members and set their schedules and locations for outings. The program provides support and ideas, and a backpack full of gear to help you explore the great outdoors. The backpack includes activity guides, trail brochures, and other goodies. We will host monthly events based on a theme, as well as provide trainings for each club leader. Form a club and enjoy your adventures!
It’s hard to miss really, the stunning array of color from the new marigolds recently planted by Parks Foundation of Clark County volunteers. It was ‘out with the old and in with the new’ plants and in just one morning, the planters and beds were dazzling in new colors. The more than 40 volunteers did a terrific job of sharing the work and by mid-morning all was complete. It should be duly noted that the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation team spent quite some time preparing for this annual planting, making the work much easier for the volunteers. The plants were purchased by the Parks Foundation through proceeds from Propstra Square brick sales. Huge credit goes to both the Hilton Vancouver for supplying a feast for everyone involved, and Shorty’s Nursery for providing plants at a discount.
Thanks to the Parks Foundation for managing all of this so well, now many people can enjoy a stunning park. Become a member today so we can enjoy our parks tomorrow.
The Parks Foundation of Clark County proudly announces the winners of the 2012 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 recipient of the Leading Eagle Award is Don Cannard, retired Vancouver School District teacher and administrator. Cannard, a trails’ activist, volunteer, and supporter, spearheaded the planning and development of the Ellen Davis Trail, co-founded the Chinook Trails Association, and has been instrumental in the planning, development, and maintenance of a vast array of community projects, including the Cy Ward Garden, the Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum, and the construction of a “rim top trail”, circling the Columbia River Gorge to Vancouver.
Dr. Milada Allen has been named the V-Formation Flyer Award recipient in honor of her tireless commitment and dedication to our community. Allen, longtime Felida Neighborhood Association board member and president, also serves as a member of the Clark County Planning Commission, and in various capacities with numerous other organizations, including Clark Conservation District, Friends of Clark County, Watershed Stewards, and Clark County Veterans’ Assistance Center. As president of the Felida Neighborhood Association, Allen serves as a strong advocate and supporter of park, trail, and open space projects, soliciting tens of thousands of dollars in donations, recruiting volunteer support, and organizing fundraising events.
Vicki Vanneman, a 32-year parks and recreation professional, has been selected as the Tributary Award recipient. A ten-year veteran with Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation, Vanneman served as construction project manager of the award-winning Firstenburg Community Center, director of the Marshall/Luepke Center campus, and is currently leading special assignments related to the department’s recreation transition plan. Vanneman was cited for her commitment to addressing the needs of the under-served in our community, her advocacy in securing external funding to maintain youth, teen, and senior services and programs, and her leadership in serving on external committees like the Clark County Aging Readiness Task Force Committee.
The 2012 Florence B. Wager Awards will be presented at the Parks Foundation Annual Luncheon on Thursday, June 14, at the Vancouver Hilton. This year’s keynote speaker is Mike Houck, executive director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. Tickets are available for the luncheon at www.parksfoundation.us.
The submission period is now open for the Parks Foundation annual Florence B. Wager awards! The Awards came into being last year under the Direction of Henry Gerhard, Parks Foundation Past President and long-time Board member.
According to Gerhard, the Awards are a way to acknowledge heartfelt efforts to preserve and enhance parks, trails and recreation programs in Clark County. The award was purposefully designed to acknowledge a variety of individuals, from official Parks and Rec staffers who go far beyond their paid positions to make an impact…to private citizens who have made significant contributions for our community’s health and well-being.
The namesake of the award, Florence B. Wager, has been a strong citizen advocate and volunteer for parks and recreation in Clark County for many years. Florence is a champion of parks and recreation services. She is also an active user of the parks and recreation system. Her involvement with parks and recreation has been exhibited through the years in her service as a member and chairperson of the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. She received a Citation of Merit from the Washington Recreation and Park Association in 2001. She helped establish the Parks Foundation in 2007, and was Vancouver’s First Citizen in 2009.
Any community member may nominate an individual for the awards. Nomination forms are due March 30th to the Parks Foundation Office.
The Leading Eagle Award recognizes a community leader – in business, non-profit, government, or grassroots – 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. They unhesitatingly give of their time and resources, organizing, developing, or enhancing the parks, trails, and recreation programs of our community.
The Tributary Award recognizes a parks and recreation department 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, create new efficiencies to ease cost burdens, and/or secure and develop new grant sources or revenue concepts.
Click here to see last year’s winners!
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