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News Release
Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director recognized for community leadership; department awarded $32,500 to support youth recreation - 05/13/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director, Julie Hannon was awarded the Florence B. Wager Leading Eagle Award from the Parks Foundation of Clark County at their annual luncheon at the Vancouver Hilton on May 5. The department also received $32,500 in community grants to support youth recreation.

The Florence B. Wager Awards were created by the Parks Foundation of Clark County in 2011 to recognize staff, volunteers, and community leaders who have had a significant impact on the development and enhancement of parks, trails, and recreational programs throughout Clark County and its municipalities. Julie Hannon, director of Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services was recognized with the Leading Eagle Award for her exceptional leadership overseeing the City’s recreation programs and 1,760-acre parks system. 

Parks Foundation of Clark County also awarded community grants to two Vancouver recreation programs that create safe, supportive and equitable recreation opportunities for children and teens in Vancouver. 

  • $25,000 to Summer Playgrounds Program from the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation
    The Summer Playgrounds program provides free day camp activities and USDA-certified lunches for children ages 6-11 at three convenient neighborhood sites from June to August. The program serves more than 250 children each year.
  • $7,500 to Teen Late Night Programs from Chase Bank 
    Teen Late Night provides a safe, healthy and fun environment for local teens at Marshall and Firstenburg community centers every Friday night during the school year. Teen Late Night has been on hold since 2020 due to COVID-19 but it will return to serve youth in Fall 2022. 

“We are grateful for the significant investment our recreation programs receive from these grants and community partners,” said Recreation Manager, David Perlick. “By supporting programs that serve our city’s youth, these grants are creating a brighter future for Vancouver.” 

Learn more about Vancouver Parks and Recreation programming at www.cityofvancouver.us/Activities

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