New Port Richey, FL – Monday, September 12, 2019
You are invited to attend the New Port Richey City Council Meeting for the Award Presentation on Tuesday September 17th at 7:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers 5919 Main Street, New Port Richey.
During the Florida Recreation and Park Association Annual Awards Banquet held in Orlando on August 28, 2019, the New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department Youth Advisory Board was presented with the 2019 FRPA Voluntary Service Award.
The Florida Recreation and Park Association Voluntary Service award is only presented to one volunteer group from all the Parks and Recreation Departments in the entire State of Florida annually. This award was creation in 1997 and is usually given to adult volunteer groups. The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department Youth Advisory Board is the only group to have ever received this award twice; once in 2010 and again in 2019.
The Florida Recreation and Park Association’s Voluntary Service Award is presented annually to citizens, businesses or organizations whose contributions of volunteer service over a period of time, have improved the quality and quantity of leisure opportunities through parks, recreation and leisure service programs and projects in neighborhoods, communities, or the State of Florida. The contribution of time and effort to the parks, recreation and leisure services movement must have been for a minimum of three years. The group must have conducted advocacy activities on behalf of parks, recreation and leisure services through involvement in other organizations or endeavors outside of the parks, recreation and leisure service field. And the group must have been involved in local or state legislative activities resulting in the heightened awareness of the benefits of parks, recreation and leisure services.
The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department Youth Advisory Board was formed in 2006 and they have impacted the community in many ways. They volunteered, planned and implemented events, were role models for other youth as well as outstanding advocates for the benefits of the Parks and Recreation Department. Here are some of the events, programs and advocacy in the form of community outreach they conducted over the past three years: Children’s Winter Art Show, Summertime in the City, Monthly Family Movie Night Toy Give Away, Cardboard Box Drive-In Movie, Kids to Parks Day, Scare trails, Kids Zombie Fun Run, Trunk-or-Treat, Winterfest with Santa, Cotee River Cleanup Projects, 9/11 Memorial, Street Cleanup Projects, Parks Cleanup Projects, Toys for Tots, Cardboard Campout for the Homeless and Food Drive, Splash and Dash, Children’s Obstacle Course at the RAP River Run, May the Forth Be With You Laser Tag, Easter Egg Hunt, Lighthouse for the Blind Easter Egg Hunt for the blind and visually impaired children, the making of 50 Comfort Bags for children in the Domestic Violence Shelters and public speaking on the benefits of parks and recreation.