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NRPS Newsletter August 2012

President’s Message Making Your Mark Inside this issue:

NRPS Mission


Upcoming Socials


Job Postings


Aquatics Committee


Grant Opportunities


NRPS Membership


Executive Board


Special points of interest:  Check out updated grant information.  Keep an open eye for socials.  Be sure to submit photos and articles.  Recruit new members!

If you are a young professional in parks and recreation, what are you doing to promote our profession? I hope you aren’t treating this as just a job. You are making a difference in people’s lives. So, are you networking with others to discover what others are doing? Do you attend conferences, lunches, and trainings to see what new trends are in your industry? Are you investing your own time and money to accomplish these things? There are people out there that do and I can tell they will continue to be successful. I used to be that person that was always grabbing for opportunities to show others what I could do. I’d volunteer to take on additional assign-

ments, join committees, and attend as many trainings as I could. Now as I am getting older, I am more motivated to see others around me grow and succeed. If you are in the same point in your career, I hope that you are reaching out to those developing leaders. Dundee Jones and Dirk Richwine had a major influence on the professional I am today (whether they realize it or not). They asked me to take risks and challenged the way I viewed things. I was encouraged to get involved. I hope that I am that same type of person for you. I like to share my past experiences so that young professionals don’t have to start from square one or repeat some of my mistakes. I don’t mind being the person that

makes you question “why am I doing what I am doing” either. Being an active member in NRPS lets me meet people throughout the state of Nevada. I am able to give back to more people than just my co-workers. Life isn’t easy, but it is much more fun if we are in it together. Get involved. Give back. Be an active member. Take care, Jayne

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Nevada Parks and Recreation Society Mission Our mission is to support and recognize members of the Society and to promote Recreation and Parks as an essential service in Nevada. NRPS Vision Statement We support the National Recreation & Park Association and the benefits of Recreation and Parks for citizens of the State of Nevada. We serve with pride, leadership and professionalism. We Believe in creativity and innovative problem solving. We Believe in encouraging and promoting diversity in our membership. We Believe in recognizing the accomplishments of members and agencies. We Believe in members’ input to shape our vision through strategic planning. We Believe in cooperation, communications, teamwork and consensus building for the citizens, the Society and the agencies we serve.

Upcoming North/South Socials and Events If you are interested in setting up a social event for the north or south, contact your executive board representatives.

For the North contact: Jen Budge, North VP, For the South contact: Felicia Rivera-Baker, South VP September 12 - 11:30am to 1pm Resume Development at Hollywood Recreation Center October 6 - 9:00am to 1pm Southern Nevada Trails Day Celebration at Cornerstone Park

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Aquatics Committee The NRPS Aquatic Committee is made up of aquatic professionals throughout the southern Nevada area. Members meet the 2nd Wednesday every other month to discuss aquatic trends, programming, staffing, operations and hot topics. In addition, the committee organizes several events throughout the year; Health & Safety Expo, Southern Nevada Lifeguard Games and a Recreational Swim Meet. Please visit our contact page on if you would like to contact our board members to receive additional information on any of our events, attending a meeting or becoming a member. Did you know‌ Scholarships are available for Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Training Instructor, Lifeguard Management, Lifeguard Training and CPR/AED classes? Contact 702-595-0010 for more information.

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Current News Articles HENDERSON SET TO OPEN MANY NEW PARKS Thanks to the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, the city of Henderson has received more than $238 million dollars to build new parks. They are set to open six new parks in the coming year. These parks include the following: - Cornerstone Park, expected to open October 6th, this park will include large pavilions, trails, basketball and volleyball courts. - Horizon Crest Park, set to be open in the fall, is an 11-acre park with a basketball court, playground, open turf area and dog park. - Terrazza Park, a 5-acre park, will include a bird/roadrunner theme as well as have a basketball court and turf areas. This unique park will overlook the Las Vegas Wash. - Mountain Lake Park, will feature bocce ball and have picnic and walking trails. As well, it will serve as the trailhead for the River Mountains Loop Trail. - Avellino Park, a park still in planning stage, will be a 4.73-acre park built by Ryland Homes, but feature a basketball court, playground and jogging trails. - Weston Hills Park, which should be ready come winter, is a 13.72-acre park that will have ball fields, lighted basketball courts, dog park and a playground. Information provided by Las Vegas Review Journal

Construction underway at Terrazza PArk

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Current News Articles FOURTH OF JULY ALIVE AND WELL IN CHURCHILL COUNTY The Churchill County Parks and Recreation Department along with the Fallon Chamber of Commerce and City of Fallon teamed up in 2012 to bring together the first Picnic in the Park Fourth of July Celebration. This event brought the community together through a parade, fireworks and community event held at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. The event brought people from all over the community together including the Naval Air Station, NAS Fallon. NAS Fallon brought out many vehicles and servicemen and women to the parade showing off their “toys� they operate on a daily basis. Live bands, bounce house and all day entertainment were provided at the Fairgrounds. Over 4000 people attended the day long event making it one of the largest celebrations to occur in the town in many years.

Photos provided by the Lahontan Valley News

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Grant Opportunities National Alliance for Accessible Golf for Individuals With Disabilities, Deadline: Rolling. Up to $20K to provide golf programs for individuals with disabilities. Info & app: Click this link for 40 grant opportunities related to youth, obesity prevention, disadvantaged communities etc. Opportunities_2012.pdf Outdoor Nation Grants - Awarded for opportunities to increase outdoor recreation throughout the country. d=4494&x_quiz_id=4958&x_order_by=1 FFY 2013 RECREATION TRAILS GRANT FUNDING NEVADA DIVISION OF STATE PARKS CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada Division of State Parks is seeking pre-applications for the 2013 round of funding for the Recreation Trails Program. Nevada was given approximately $1,064,000 and preapplications will help gauge the demand. Federal, state, city, and county governments, special governmental districts, trail organizations and private individuals are potentially eligible for the funds. Eligible projects include motorized and nonmotorized trail projects for new construction, maintenance and trail related facilities. Trail education projects are also eligible. Past projects include the multi-use Jumbo Grade trailhead in Washoe Valley, Shoshone Off Highway Vehicle Trail, Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway, and the Blue Tree trail system. Draft Categorical Exclusions should be in place prior to the due date for full applications, so contacting Jenny for assistance is highly recommended. The 2012 manual is online at with the 2013 manual coming out soon.

Nevada Division of State Parks Attn: Jenny Scanland 901 Stewart Street, Suite5005 Carson City, NV 89701 Please contact Jenny Scanland at 775-684-2787 e-mail:

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NRPS Membership The Nevada Recreation and Parks Society (NRPS) is a non-profit, professional organization, founded in 1958. Its main purpose is to promote the growth and development of Nevada recreation and parks. NPRS is affiliated with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). NPRS has several levels of membership to meet the needs of all parks and recreation professionals, students, retirees, agencies, and affiliates. PROFESSIONAL This category includes persons who are or have been employed full time in an executive, leadership or supportive staff capacity within a public or private agency or department of recreation or parks or educational institution. ($30) RETIRED PROFESSIONAL This category includes any persons over 45 years of age, who has been a Professional Member of NRPS, NRPA, or an NRPA Affiliate for a minimum of ten (10) years and has officially retired from a qualified professional position. ($15) ASSOCIATE This category includes persons who are employed part time or volunteers within the recreation and parks field, and who subscribe and agree to the aims and objectives of this society. ($15) STUDENT This category includes persons who are enrolled full time in high school, colleges or universities with an interest in parks and recreation or an allied field. ($10) AGENCY This category includes the Agency Director and members of the policy or advisory board or commission. Dues are based on full time employee (FTE) equivalent. ($250 – 20 FTE’s or more; $150 – under 20 FTE’s) ORGANIZATION/INSTITUTION AND AFFILIATE This category includes national, state, and local organizations, hospitals, colleges, universities, clubs, and local, state or regional societies and organizations. ($50) COMMERCIAL This category includes all vendors, commercial and for-profit organizations who subscribe and agree to the aims and objectives of this society. ($50) HONORARY May be bestowed upon those persons approved by this society’s Executive Board.

Future Newsletter Announcements Please send submissions for the NRPS monthly newsletter to Danny Gleich We want to hear from you! Pictures, Articles, Announcements …..

Nevada Parks and Recreation Society (NRPS) Nevada Recreation and Parks Society PO Box 97264

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Las Vegas, Nevada 89054


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Creating Communities Through People, Parks and Programs!

NRPS Executive Board President-Jayne Mazurkiewicz, CPRP Past Pres.-Dirk Richwine, CPRP Pres. Elect-Pandora Bahlman Vice Pres. North-Jennifer Budge Vice Pres. South-Felicia Rivera-Baker Secretary-Kristy Bekiares Treasurer-Brady Dehn Members At Large NorthJoel Dunn Danny Gleich Token Barnthouse Darrin Price

Members At Large SouthJeannette Palmer Veronica Reyes Nick Montoya Doug Guild PSP North-Al Rogers PSC North-Linda Fearnley PSP South-Shelly Gulotta PSC South-Dundee Jones

August 2012 NRPS Newsletter  

August 2012 NRPS Newsletter