The California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) recently recognized Cosumnes Community Services District Parks and Recreation Department with two awards of excellence for creating community and public awareness. The awards were announced last week during the CPRS annual conference held virtually.
The Award of Excellence in Creating Community recognized the District’s commitment to community health and well-being. Over the past five years, the District created, in partnership with the community, public health leaders and other local organizations, the Healthy Kids Extravaganza event.
The free community event supported the District’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Month campaign to support a healthier future for our most important resource: our children.
The Social Media & Marketing Award by the Aquatics Section of CPRS recognized the District’s 2020 Water Safety Month campaign. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 5 years old and here in Sacramento County, we lose nearly 75 children to drowning each year. That is why, each May, the District joins the National Recreation and Park Association, CPRS, and many other national organizations in promoting water safety practices that save lives.
While the District’s three aquatics facilities remained closed in May 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19, the aquatics team continued to successfully promote water safety with its residents through engaging, digital communications and public outreach.
CPRS Executive Director Stephanie Stephens states, “The recipients of these awards represent the finest in initiatives addressing community issues, recreation programming, park planning, facility design, and marketing and communications in California.”
According to Phillip Lewis, Administrator of Parks and Recreation for the District, “The CPRS awards program is the highest statewide recognition we can receive in parks and recreation, and it is a credit to our District staff and partners who made this happen. We are honored to accept these awards on behalf of the community.”