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Redwood City 's Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park Receives "Award of Excellence" from the California Park & Recreation Society

Redwood City, CA -  April 7, 2004 - The City of Redwood City received an Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) for the design of its skate park located at Red Morton Park. Redwood City 's recognition was in the category of Facility Design/Skate Park, which was one of over 400 award contenders. The award was presented at the 2004 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, held in Anaheim , California in early March.

CPRS Executive Director Jane H. Adams stated, "These agencies represent the finest in recreation programming, park and facility design, promotional materials, and park maintenance in California . Park and recreation agencies throughout the state provide families, individuals, and groups spaces to learn and play, create and imagine, and be safe and secure. CPRS and the award sponsors, Rain Bird, Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems, and RJM Design Group, Inc., are proud to recognize the excellent parks and recreation programs and services that are provided to Californians."

According to Chris Beth, Superintendent of Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services, "The CPRS awards program is the highest recognition a parks agency can receive and the this award is really a credit to the staff and many volunteers that were a part of making the skate park a reality." The Phil Shao Memorial Skate Park provides a state-of-the-art-facility to a unique and growing sport. As one of the most widely used features in any Redwood City park, nearly 200 skaters a day have an opportunity to enhance their skills and enjoy a wonderful facility.

CPRS is a membership organization with 4,200 members representing the 525 local park and recreation agencies in the state. The mission of CPRS is to provide the leadership and resources to promote the role of parks & recreation in creating community through people, parks and programs. That organization's website is located at

The Redwood City Parks , Recreation and Community Services Department provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and supplies building and custodial services for City buildings. Redwood City Parks also operates the Fair Oaks Community Center , providing social, educational, and cultural activities, as well as information, referral, and counseling services to persons living in Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its website is located at

Visit Redwood City 's website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

Chris Beth
Parks Superintendent
(650) 780-7253



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