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Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District Offers
Free Admission to Furloughed Federal Government Workers

Frederick, Colorado - The current government shut down has become the longest in United States history and is significantly impacting thousands of federal workers. Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District recognizes the emotional and physical toll the shutdown is taking on employees and is offering free daily drop-in admission to the Carbon Valley Recreation Center for furloughed federal government workers during the shutdown. All you need to do is present a valid federal government ID at Guest Services.

Studies show that regular exercise enhances your ability to respond to stress, decreases tension, stabilizes your mood, helps you sleep better, and improves self-esteem. Even just five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. By making the body stronger and healthier, exercise enhances your ability to respond to stress, thus thwarting many of its negative effects such as anxiety, depression and heart disease.

This is an extremely stressful time for those who are out of work. We want to provide relief for furloughed federal government employees who are looking to get out of the house and destress as the shutdown continues. Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District desires to assist in providing opportunities for these employees by providing space and eliminating the barriers of cost to participate in physical activity. When stress affects the brain, the rest of the body feels the impact so it makes sense that if your body feels better, so does your mind, said Executive Director Dean Rummel.

Located in Frederick, the Carbon Valley Recreation Center is a 50,000 square foot facility featuring weight and cardio rooms, two fitness studios, a gymnasium, and a large aquatics area with a lap pool, water slide, lazy river, activity area, and more. We offer an impressive variety of group fitness classes such as Barre, Bodypump, yoga, Pilates, cycling, Zumba and more.

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Great Outdoors Colorado Flyer

Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District Earns Safety District of the Year Award

Frederick, Colorado - Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District (CVPRD) was named the 2018 Safety District of the Year by the Special Districts Association of Colorado. The award is presented to the district that has best demonstrated a commitment to safety and maintains a work culture that prioritizes safety at every level.

The Colorado Special Districts Property and Liability Pool nominated CVPRD for the award because, the team at Carbon Valley has demonstrated a profound commitment to internal safety training and support of their safety committee, and their safety record reflects this continuing dedication. Like many districts, they do not have a dedicated safety coordinator. Instead, they have a safety team that builds on their strong safety culture. Their safety team meets regularly to work through issues, making their district a safe, secure place for patrons of all ages. In addition, the District's staff has spent hundreds of hours each year training on topics like sexual harassment awareness and emergency response. They do not train simply to earn discounts or maintain licenses but to ensure a safe working environment, which improves the quality of service they provide to their community.

Through the use of technology, collaboration, and policy, employees at the District have developed a safety culture where everyone's voice is heard. With staff self-identifying the benefits to develop a team of cross-departmental representatives, the outcomes and priorities of the safety committee were beyond initial expectations. CVPRD strives to continue to identify educational opportunities, improvements, and training to become more proactive as items relate to staff and patrons of the District. As we evaluate the 2018 successes, staff will be planning and identifying 2019 priorities, said Dean Rummel, Executive Director of CVPRD.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Awards Grant to Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District to Revitalize Frederick Softball Field

Frederick, CO The Great Outdoors Colorado Board has awarded Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District (CVPRD) $43,989 towards the revitalization of the Frederick Softball Field Safety and Renovation Project. The renovation will make the existing facility a safe place for youth and families with active, outdoor pursuits. 

Many facets of this once valuable community amenity currently make it an increasingly unsafe facility. Most significantly, the infield is predominantly covered with divot-like depressions. This creates playing conditions where ground balls do not follow a predictable trajectory and where players are exposed to trip hazards. Players are vulnerable to bodily injuries including facial abrasions and sprained ankles. Also, the fencing is dangerous. This renovation project will bring this one-time community gem back into high use.

We are excited that GOCO shares the vision of our project and has awarded us with this opportunity to invest in our community, said CVPRD Executive Director Ross Blackmer. 

These grants support Governor John Hickenlooper's Colorado Beautiful initiative by identifying and filling critical gaps in connectivity for trails and open spaces, and GOCO's new "Protect, Connect, Inspire" strategic plan, which focuses on land preservation, trails, and encouraging more youth to get outdoors.

GOCO is presently seeking applicants for its new Inspire Initiative, which offers between $1 million to $5 million in grants to selected communities to encourage kids to have more outdoor experiences. The program focuses on creating outdoor destinations like parks, improving access to outdoor location through new or improved trails, and expanding existing youth programs that introduce kids to the great outdoors. For more information on the initiative, visit the GOCO website.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state's parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO's independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has funded more than 3,500 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. The grants are funded by GOCO's share of Colorado Lottery revenues, which are divided between GOCO, CPW, the Conservation Trust Fund, and school construction. For more information, visit the GOCO website.