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!
Clark County and the City of Vancouver have operated as a consolidated parks department under a joint agreement since 1997. Recently, the Board of Clark County Commissioners opted not to renew this agreement.
On Wednesday, December 4, 11 a.m. to noon at the Clark County Public Service Center (1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver, Training Room, 6th Floor), the Clark County Commissioners have scheduled a work session to outline the organization of the new Clark County Parks Department and future plans for parks and recreation services.
We hope anyone interested in the future of Clark County Parks will attend this work session and bring their own questions and comments. The County Parks workshop will be preceded by a Parks Foundation of Clark County update and presentation to the Commissioners.
Questions? Let us know!
The Parks Annual Luncheon was simply inspiring. More than $70,000 was awarded to programs and projects across Clark County that our communities will enjoy. The 2013 Florence B. Wager awards were presented to the following hard working, positive thinking, tireless individuals:
And Ron Onslow was a highly entertaining emcee. All this in less than 90 minutes!
Thanks to all who attended to make the 2013 luncheon a very special and memorable occasion. Be sure to review our Report to the Community that was distributed to the audience.
As our 15th anniversary in 2014 approaches, we are raising the bar and increasing our goal to raise $100,000 for grants. We will need your help.
The Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Water Trail Paddling Guide, designed to make paddling trips along the 32 miles of waterways between Woodland and Vancouver Lake safer, more enjoyable, and less harmful to natural resources, is now available. The guide, which identifies appropriate routes along existing stretches of river and shorelines, provides river mileage and waterway conditions, and offers trip planning details, will enhance recreational opportunities for paddlers of all abilities.
The water trail guide was funded through a 2012 Parks Foundation Community Grant through a generous sponsorship from Tidewater and produced in partnership with Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation and the National Parks Service. Printed guides are available at the Parks Foundation office, Marshall Community Center, and Ridgefield Kayak.
The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of private firms, public agencies and nonprofit organizations working together to tap new sources of funding, better leverage existing investments, and more fully engage residents with the outdoors and nature. The Alliance was built over many years, but was formally launched as a nonprofit in July 2011. In its first year in operation, we grew from 28 partners to 68. We currently have 80 partners.
The historic Evergreen Highway is used by bicyclists, joggers, and walkers alike. Spanning over six miles, with breathtaking views of the Columbia River, construction of a safe pedestrian walkway is a must-have for this beloved highway. The Old Evergreen Highway Trail Committee is working to raise $150,000 toward a “50% project plan” which will establish firm costs and allow committee members to secure the donations necessary to begin construction.
The committee has succeeded in securing one-third of the funding for these plans, but needs your help to fund the remaining amount. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made through the Parks Foundation.
This Thursday, we’ll give thanks. On Friday, the brazen among us go shopping. Saturday, we support small business. Monday? Cyber deals. This year, there’s a new movement afoot to dedicate the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a day of giving.
On Giving Tuesday, we are asked to find a way to give. This national movement was started by New York’s 92nd Street Y and is backed by a plethora of organizations like the UN Foundation and Unilever. Its reach is national, but its heart is local.
Here in Clark County, how can you participate in Giving Tuesday?
We’d like to ask you to consider giving to your local parks, trails and recreation programs. When you make a donation to the Parks Foundation’s Community Grants in November, your donation will be generously matched thanks to Waste Connections and Tidewater Barge Lines (up to a total of $10,000). One hundred percent of your donation will support Community Grants throughout Clark County. Projects that help a child play safely on new playground equipment in Camas; projects that blaze the path of a new trail in Washougal; projects that help an under-served child in Vancouver get access to swimming lessons or soccer (see all the fantastic 2012 Community Grant recipients).
We have much for which to be thankful in Clark County. High on our list is flourishing parks, trails and recreation programs. Please give what you can on Giving Tuesday this year. Help start a movement that can start so much more!
Celebrate the life and achievements of Florence “Flossie” Wager, a tireless advocate for local causes from parks and recreation to community health and classical music. Join us in a day of community tribute. All welcome!
WEBER EVERGREEN ARBORETUM & HISTORIC STANGER HOUSE – SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
9215 SE Evergreen Highway
OPEN HOUSE – 1pm: Tours and Tulip Bulb Planting in honor of Flossie
3pm: Program & Remembrances
5pm: Flossie’s Supper / RSVP requested*
Potluck of healthy local foods! Main course courtesy of Beaches.
Parking: Parking will be directed. Dress: Casual
At Flossie’s request the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be directed to the Parks Foundation of Clark County to support projects associated with the extension of the Old Evergreen Highway Trail.
*To ensure space for Flossie’s Supper, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-693-7392.
Thanks to those who of you who recently purchased one of the 85 Esther Short Park memorial bricks for Summer 2012 inscription. You’ll find these engraved bricks that commemorate, honor, and celebrate lives, around the bell tower in Propstra Square. Funds raised from the sale of these bricks pay for the stunning flowers and plants that fill the park with astounding color. Your continued support is gratefully received. Oh! And a special thanks to Shorty’s Garden and Home for donating the flowers for this year’s planting. If you are interested in purchasing a memorial brick for Summer 2013 inscription, click here. PS: They make lovely gifts!
We envision thriving partnerships with communities to ensure uncommonly vibrant parks, trails, and recreation programs throughout Clark County.