Carson City Parks & Recreation Community Service Awards Ceremony

The Foundation for Carson City Parks and Recreation (FCCPR) will present Community Service Awards for year 2018 recipients in a brief ceremony on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the monument at the entrance to the Marv Teixeira Pavilion in Mills Park. The public is invited to attend this free, outdoor event. An Open House reception at the Wungnema House, the stone house on the east end of Mills Park, will follow the ceremony. The awards are presented to individuals, organizations, and businesses that make a significant contribution to the combined missions of the Foundation and the Carson City Department of Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces (Parks Department). Three awards will be presented this year:

Volunteer of the Years: Donna Kuester DePauw – Donna was a member of the Parks & Recreation Commission (also Vice Chair). She was asked by Supervisor Smith in 1998 to join the Commission and then, after Question 18 passed, Supervisor Livermore asked her to return. Starting in 1992, she was also a member of the Shade Tree Council and served as both Chairperson and Vice Chair. Donna has always had a passion for her community. She learned about parks and trees to increase her knowledge so she could participate in the workings of the two commissions. She did not just sit on these commissions but was an active member. Donna has lived in Carson City since 1986. Donna was very active in the passage of Question 18. Over the years Donna has supported and promoted trees, parks and recreation programs to ensure that the citizens of Carson City enjoy a beautiful community and a great quality of life.

Organization of the Year: The Eagle Valley Disc Golf Association – The Association is an advocates group volunteering to design and provide labor to construct the new Disc Golf complex and to maintain it. In early 2015 the Carson City Board of Supervisors set aside 100 acres west of Flint Drive and Rifle Range Road for a disc golf course complex. This complex, which is scheduled to open around September, will start with a 9-hole beginner-friendly short course and a full 18-hole championship course. Later, a second championship course will be added, totaling 45-holes across three courses. A 50-space parking lot and a storage facility at the complex have been constructed and shaded picnic area will be available. Courses have been designed and are being constructed according to recognized standards. The Association raises funds from our local community for disc baskets, tee box materials, hole signage, parking, and sanitation services. The Association, through its affiliation with FCCPR, accepts tax-deductible donations towards its project.

Business of the Year: Southwest Gas – Southwest Gas has made a significant contribution to the Disc Golf Project. They made a monetary donation to the project and donated scrap metal and materials that were fabricated and used on the disc golf course construction. Southwest Gas is committed to improving the quality of life in the cities and towns they serve. Their employee volunteer team BLUE (Building Lives Up Everywhere) meets throughout the year to identify volunteer opportunities for Southwest Gas employees and their families. BLUE fosters a culture of service that inspires their employees to give back to their communities and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Recent BLUE partners include Advocates to End Domestic Violence, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Sugar Pine Foundation, Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary, and Richards Crossing Transitional Housing Center. Southwest Gas was the title sponsor of Carson City’s 2017 BOO-nanza community Halloween party. Last year they teamed up with the Carson City Library and the Parks Dept. to host a BOO-nanza with trick or treating, STEAM activities, a costume contest, spooky decorations, and a movie! The event was held at the Community Center, Library, and Aquatic Facility, and was a free, safe, and spooky environment for children to participate in Halloween fun. They are pleased to be the title sponsor of BOO-nanza in 2018.

 

Each recipient’s name will be placed on the monument in Mills Park. The selection of award recipients is a cooperative effort between the Parks Department and the Foundation. In addition, the names of Robert Curtis, Scott Atchian, Dierdra Bugli, and Bill Lowrey will be added to the Wall of Memory. For more information, call David Bugli at 775-883-4154.

Holiday Open House

FCCPR will be having a holiday open house at the Wungnema House on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.  The event is free and open to the public.

Open House in Honor of Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month. In recognition of that, the Foundation for Carson City Parks & Recreation (FCCPR), is hosting an open house and exhibit of selected examples of two- and three-dimensional Native American art at the historic Wungnema House in Mills Park, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017. The art, from a local collection, represents a broad spectrum of different tribal or cultural traditions, including Northwest Coast (Kwakiutl), Puebloan (Hopi), Central California (Miwok), Eastern Woodlands (Iroquoian), Inuit (Eskimo), Northern Plains (Cree), Panamanian (Kuna), and Upper Great Lakes (Anishinaabe). Admission to the event is free.

Access to the house is from the Seely Loop, the east entrance for Mills Park, off North Saliman Road, opposite Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada.

Open House on Nov. 17, 2017

Art Exhibit in Honor of Native American Heritage Month
at the Historic Wungnema House
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Flyer for Nov. 17 open house and exhibit at Wungnema House.

November is National Native American Heritage Month. In recognition of that, the Foundation for Carson City Parks & Recreation (FCCPR), is hosting an open house and exhibit of selected examples of two- and three-dimensional Native American art at the historic Wungnema House in Mills Park, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017. The art, from a local collection, represents a broad spectrum of different tribal or cultural traditions, including Northwest Coast (Kwakiutl), Puebloan (Hopi), Central California (Miwok), Eastern Woodlands (Iroquoian), Inuit (Eskimo), Northern Plains (Cree), Panamanian (Kuna), and Upper Great Lakes (Anishinaabe). Admission to the event is free.

The house was built in 1948 by a family of Hopi stonemasons, the Wungnemas, and served as their home until the early 1970s. Notable, in addition to the house’s exterior masonry, is the inclusion of a family member’s clan symbol in the rock fireplace. The Wungnema’s distinctive masonry survives in many homes and other structures in Carson City, and is also found in homes, churches, ranches, and other structures at Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley, and Reno.

Access to the house is from the Seely Loop, the east entrance for Mills Park, off North Saliman Road, opposite Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada.

FCCPR is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of FCCPR is to provide an umbrella under which various organizations and citizens can come together to explore innovative ways to promote and facilitate their activities. It assists organizations with similar goals to promote and meet Foundation objectives by acting in a fiduciary capacity to help manage and protect monies raised by members for their various stated projects.

FCCPR welcomes new members and is interested in individuals who can assist with fundraising, newsletter, publicity, special events, recruitment, and park clean up. Basic annual membership is $25.00, and higher categories of membership are encouraged. For further information, call David Bugli at 775-883-4154 or visit the website http://CarsonCityParks.org.