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Redwood City Receives Prestigious Statewide Honors with a “Creating Community Award of Distinction” for its Downtown WOW! Events Program

Post Date:04/01/2009 1:10 PM

Redwood City, CA - April 1, 2009 - The City of Redwood City has received a 2009 “Creating Community Award of Distinction” from the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) for its “Downtown WOW!” program of events and activities. Redwood City gained this statewide recognition in the award category of Marketing and Economic Impact. It was one of just two such Awards of Distinction given out in all of California.

The Downtown WOW! program encompassed a remarkable 116 events during 2008, including weekly outdoor movies, dance programs, live music, art, a Pet Parade, a Salsa Festival, Fiestas Patrias (Mexican Independence Day), live theater, Olympics opening ceremonies, and many other great special events. Redwood City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) Department, in partnership with its Redevelopment Agency, brought energy and excitement to the community through a wonderful variety of Downtown events. This helped to continue the surging positive image and a sense of place in Downtown Redwood City, and helped to support local businesses. Over 80,000 people in total attended the events last year. The 2009 Downtown WOW Program is now in development and promises to be as spectacular as last year!

The CPRS awards program is the highest statewide recognition a parks agency can receive,” said Chris Beth, Redwood City PRCS Superintendent. “Our department’s award is a credit to the staff that made it happen - we’re very proud and honored to receive this recognition.”

CPRS Executive Director Jane H. Adams said, “CPRS and the award sponsors, Rain Bird, Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems, and RJM Design Group, Inc., are proud to recognize Redwood City for its creative efforts in dynamic marketing and creating a positive economic impact.” To qualify for the Creating Community Award of Excellence, the City of Redwood City must also have received an Award of Excellence for this same program in the Marketing and Economic Impact award categories.

CPRS is an organization with 4,200 members representing the 525 local parks and recreation agencies throughout the state. The mission of CPRS is to provide the leadership and resources to promote the role of parks and recreation in creating community through people, parks, and programs. Its website is  

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Chris Beth
Parks Superintendent
(650) 780-7253

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