The County’s Department of Parks and Recreation has been named the recipient of a 2013 Award of Excellence by the California Park and Recreation Society for the innovative Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced.
Approved by the Board of Supervisors in December 2010 and opened in May 2013 at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce, the state-of-the-art interpretive center offers unique recreational opportunities as well as cultural, historic, geological and artistic displays and exhibits. Its self-sustaining design earned the “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” platinum-certification for water conservation, fire prevention and septic management.
“The Vazquez Rocks Interpretive Center is a vital resource that will serve current and future generations of students, families, and visitors learning about our county’s natural resources, history and wildlife,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “We congratulate the Department of Parks and Recreation for this achievement.”
In addition to highlighting the County’s vibrant equestrian culture, the center offers live animal displays, artifact exhibits and information on Vasquez Rocks’ numerous roles in movie and television production.
About the California Park & Recreation Society
The California Park & Recreation Society provides career development, networking, resources and is the public advocate for California park and recreation professionals.
* CPRS is where California park and recreation professionals improve their knowledge of park and recreation management,
* CPRS brings California park and recreation professionals together from across disciplines and agency and regional boundaries to advance professionalism, opportunities for career growth and to encourage collegiality,
* CPRS is a resource for California park and recreation best practices, techniques, products and trends,
* CPRS is the voice of California park and recreation professionals and agencies, government and the media
Founded in 1946, CPRS is a nonprofit, professional and public interest organization with more than 4,000 members who create community:
* providing recreational experiences to individuals, families and communities
* fostering human development
* promoting health and wellness
* increasing cultural unity
* facilitating community problem solving
* protecting natural resources
* strengthening safety and security
* strengthening community image and sense of place
* supporting economic development
CPRS membership is well-distributed, with 86 percent of park and recreation agencies in California boasting at least one CPRS individual member. In addition, over 175 park and recreation agencies are themselves CPRS members.