California Parks and Recreation Society Recognizes City of Burbank for Outstanding Achievement

The Department of Parks and Recreation has been recognized by the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) for outstanding achievement as “best of the best” in the areas of community building; marketing communication; and Rising Star – Aquatic Section. All three awards will be presented at the annual CPRS Connections conference and exhibition.

The Department prides itself on providing well-maintained recreational facilities and developing programs to meet the recreational, cultural, and social needs of the Burbank community. The “Best of the Best” awards reflect the exceptional services provided by the Department. The three prizes include:

VSrFood Community Achievement Award for Project HOPE

The Burbank Volunteer Program (BVP) and Adults 55+ sections have been selected as recipients of the Community Building Excellence Award for Project HOPE’s “Helping Others Prosper Every Day” campaign. Essential services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic by Project HOPE to seniors included grocery deliveries, prescription pickups, and post office errands. Despite having to close facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at Joslyn Adult Center have found ways to keep the senior community safe and connected.

MaMarketing & Communications Award of Excellence for “Plant for a Greener Burbank”

The Parks and Recreation Marketing section was selected as the recipient of the Excellence in Marketing and Communications Award. The “Plant for a Greener Burbank” marketing campaign was instrumental in the collaborative campaign to plant over 650 trees for the year 2021.

Rising Star Award Winner in the Aquatic Section – Michael Singhanate, Aquatic Coordinator

Michael Singhanate, Aquatic Coordinator, is the recipient of the CPRS Aquatic Section Rising Star Award. This award recognizes the contributions of rising stars who work on behalf of the CPRS Aquatic Section to advance the profession and who strengthen and support the CPRS Aquatic Section as a professional organization. This award is the result of Michael’s resilience, dedication and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael successfully prepared a state grant application to fund the renovation of the McCambridge Pool; aquatic programming adapted to operate safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; and developed a

effective recruitment strategy to maintain staff resources and program levels to meet community needs. Thanks in large part to Michael’s efforts, Burbank’s aquatic facilities were the first to reopen to the public in Los Angeles County after the initial shutdown of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPRS is a membership organization with just over 4,000 members representing the 535 local parks and recreation agencies statewide. The mission of CPRS is to advance the profession and its members through education, networking, resources and advocacy. For more information, visit www.cprs.org.

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