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Oct 19

EPRD Employees Receive WRPA State Awards

Posted on October 19, 2018 at 10:26 AM by Emileigh Hillstead

Every year a different city in Wyoming holds the Wyoming Parks and Recreation Association (WRPA) Conference. During this conference, members have the opportunity to nominate their co workers for state awards. This year was a great year for the Evanston Parks and Recreation District with four recipients of awards; Caroline Goick, Emileigh Hillstead, Rick Schuler, and The Evanston Tree Board.

First, Caroline Goick received the Outstanding Young Professional Award.
Caroline came to work for Evanston Parks & Recreation District in November 2013 as a Lifeguard, and is currently the Administrative Assistant in our Park’s Department Caroline brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the entire Evanston Parks and Recreation District. She has held certification in American Camp Association, Leave No Trace Trainer, American Canoe Association Basic River Canoe Certification, Wilderness First Responder, First Aid/CPR/AED/ and Lifeguarding. Her professional development includes, but is not limited to, American Camp Association National Conference, Student Camp Leadership Academy, and Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, Association for Experiential Education, Tri-State Camp Conference, and Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Conference. Caroline has a Bachelor of Science, Leisure Services Degree, and very close to getting her Masters of Science, Outdoor Recreation.
In December of 2017 our Parks Manager, Kevin Murphy, retired and the Evanston Parks and Recreation Board made a decision to not fill that position. Since that time Caroline’s duties within the District have multiplied immensely and she has stepped up to every new task and project that has been asked of her. She is a valuable member of the District’s organization and many of her co-workers, and fellow supervisors, look to her for guidance, recommendations and advice. Caroline has recently applied to the National Recreation & Parks Association to obtain her CPRP. She is determined about continuing in the field of recreation and leisure services, and obtaining all of the training and certification that is available to her.
Qualifications for the Outstanding Young Professional Award:
Membership in the Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association.
Minimum of 2 years of full-time experience in the field, but no more than 8 years full-time experience.
35 years old or under.
This award may be made annually to no more than 1 member of this Association.
Any person who has shown qualities and skills needed to attain positions of leadership in the field through two or more of the following:
a. Participation in professional organizations
b. Contributes to advancing the field through creativity in designing or managing programs.
c. Displays interest in furthering professional growth through continued education and/or obtaining further certifications.

Second, Rick Schuler received the Citation Individual award.
Rick Schuler has been an active member of the Evanston Parks & Recreation District Board since April 1998. For most of these 20 years he has diligently served as Board Treasurer. As Treasurer of the Board, Mr. Schuler has assisted in leading the nine member policy making board and governing body of the Evanston Parks and Recreation District to become one of the most unique, efficient and respected volunteer boards operating within the City of Evanston and Uinta County. His leadership, sincere interest in providing leisure services to the public, and expertise in outdoor recreation has proven to be a valued asset to all board members and the parks and recreation staff.
Mr. Schuler has taken an active role in giving sound recommendations regarding park and recreation user fees and policies and capital improvement construction projects. In addition to his dedicated service as Board Treasurer of the Evanston Parks and Recreation District Board, Mr. Schuler is an active member of the Purple Sage Municipal Golf Club, and actively promotes golfing for all ages within the Evanston Community. He was involved overseeing the design and construction of the Purple Sage18 hole Golf Course Expansion Project that included a new driving range, practice greens, Pro Shop, Cart Garage Club House Restaurant and Bar, and Maintenance Shop. He and the board have also been instrumental in developing a golf course operations and policy manual, acting as a liaison between the Evanston City Council and Evanston Golf Club Board, that all share in the operation and maintenance of the current 18 hole golf course facility. One of the many services that Mr. Schuler provides as a U.S. Forest Service District Manager, is the partnership with Evanston Parks and Recreation District and BRORA to provide public outdoor recreation services to citizens living within the District, specifically, Cross Country Skiing activities, special events, and year round/overnight use of the Yurt/Ski Hut System. This includes Nordic skiing, mountain biking, hiking, river use and equestrian use of these areas. At present the U S Forest Service, with the assistance of EPRD & BRORA, maintain ski trails and yurts in the Lily Lake Ski Area.
Mr. Schuler is a true volunteer who is actively involved in shaping the parks and recreation profession. His leadership and sincere interest providing quality services and programs has made a significant contribution to the citizens of Evanston and the surrounding area.
Qualifications for the Citation Individual Award:
An individual not employed in the field of parks and recreation, which has made an outstanding contribution to parks, recreation, or conservation at the local, state, regional or national level in one or more of the following ways, may be considered for the Individual Citation.
a) The preparation, sponsorship, or active support of legislation favorable to the advancement of the field or profession.
b) The active support and promotion of the field or profession through acquisition, development, and/or maintenance of areas, or the organization or conduct of the activities and services.
c) The development of new or innovative facilities or services.
d) The training or education of professional park, recreation and conservation personnel.
e) Any other involvement or service to the field or profession which in the opinion of the Awards and Scholarship Committee entitles the individual to be considered.

Third, Emileigh Hillstead received the President's Award. Emileigh came to the Recreation Center four years ago as a Receptionist. She then was promoted to the Marketing and Reacreation Specialist. During her time at the Recreation Center she has, reformatted and re designed the Evanston Recreation Center's Activity Guides, Websites, and has implemented new Children Programs that support children ages 2 - 4 yrs. old. In 2016 she was asked to join the WRPA team and became the Webmaster for the Wyoming Parks and Recreation Association. She works side by side the President of the WRPA board, Brad Hatch, to create am informational, and user friendly site. The President's award is not given annually. Only to those who show exemplary service to the organization. The last President's Award was given in 2014.

Fourth, The Evanston Tree Board
With a total of ten members, the Evanston Tree Board is a volunteer board of community members appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The Board meets six to eight time a year and supplies recommendations to the community regarding tree placement, species, and care. They help promote tree planting and education through the annual Community Forestry program. Through this program, they purchase trees in bulk for residents and businesses who wish to plant trees; and since its inception, many hundreds or thousands of trees have been added to our community for public or private enjoyment. Every year to celebrate Arbor Day, the Tree Board also organizes tree plantings at or near an elementary school or City park and invites 5th graders from a nearby elementary school to learn how to properly plant a tree.
One of the major accomplishments of the Tree Board was to create the Evanston Tree Guide in 2015. Their goal was to help Evanston’s urban forest continue to grow and be healthy. This 77-page booklet was very popular in assisting residents as to which trees grow best in our community. This year, through another grant from the USDA Forest Service and the Wyoming State Forestry Division, they are updating the guide with more trees, basic tree care and best practices, common tree problems, and also introducing and explaining the Wyoming Champion Tree Program to Evanston residents. This updated guide will be closer to 100 pages and will compile a list of tree species that have survived the cold dry winds, low rainfall, short growing seasons, and wildly fluctuating temperatures in the harsh climate of Evanston. Evanston is a participant in Tree City USA. Tree City USA is a program through the Arbor Day Foundation and in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Urban and Community Forestry, and the National Association of State Foresters. We are required to maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day. Due to the efforts of the Evanston Tree Board, Evanston has been designated a Tree City USA for the past 18 years, and we look forward to many more years of community forestry growth!
Qualifications for the Citation Organization Award:
An organization not employed in the field of parks and recreation, that has made an outstanding contribution to parks, recreation or conservation at the local, state, regional, or national level in one or more of the following ways, may be considered for the Organization Citation.
a) The preparation, sponsorship or active support of legislation favorable to the advancement of the field or profession.
b) The active support and promotion of the field or profession through acquisition, development, and/or maintenance of areas, or the organization or conduct of the activities and services.
c) The development of new or innovative facilities or services.
d) The training or education of professional park, recreation and conservation personnel.
e) Any other involvement or service to the field or profession which in the opinion of the Awards

Sep 28

Directors Blog

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 9:42 AM by Emileigh Hillstead

July 23, 2018
My name is Scott Ehlers, I am the new Director of the Evanston Parks and Recreation District. As the new Director it is my goal to continue to see improvement and growth throughout the District and our community. It's exciting to work with a team that is committed to offering the public a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Evanston Parks and Recreation District is an important part of Evanston that makes it a great place to live and work.

September 21, 2018

Congratulations to the following employees and organizations for their hard work in the field of recreation.  The Evanston Parks and Recreation District is a better place because of everything you do.  Nice job everyone, you have represented us well!

 

1.    Caroline Goick is the WRPA 2018 Outstanding Young Professional. Caroline also received a $500 scholarship for the training of her choice.                                                                                               

2.    The Evanston Tree Board received the Citation Organization Award.                     

 

3.    Rick Schuler was awarded the WRPA Citation Individual for his many hours of hard with the Evanston Parks and Recreation District.                                                

 

4.    Emileigh Hillstead was awarded the WRPA President’s Award


Aug 24

Maintenance

Posted on August 24, 2018 at 9:39 AM by Emileigh Hillstead

The Evanston Rec Center has started Annual Shutdown. The custodial staff started with painting the curbs and preparing for winter. We have now started working on the Pool, Locker Rooms and Pump Room. even though the Pool and Locker Rooms will be closed from August 25 - September 17 everyone is still welcome to work out and use our facility. 
The custodial staff, Intermountain Electric, and a sub contractor will be working hard getting the pump room ready for the next year, and starting work on cleaning and repairing the lockers and showers. Brad Hatch and his Life guard team will start draining the pool the night of August 24, and start the cleaning and painting process as soon as the pool is drained. 
Check back here for more updates on what is happening at the Evanston Recreation Center!