City Of San Leandro City Of San Leandro City of San Leandro
Public Information Office
City Hall
835 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: 510.577.3351
Fax: 510.577.3340
http://www.sanleandro.org

6/29/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE CM2012-06-29
Subject :

City of San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department Receives National Award for Parks and Recreation
Contact : Carolyn Knudtson    (510) 577-3466
    cknudtson@sanleandro.org
San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department was recently selected to receive a National Facility Design Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for the Senior Community Center.  NRPA will present the award publicly at a special reception at the association's 2012 Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, October 17.

Mayor Stephen Cassidy was very pleased with the National recognition and stated, "The benefits of the Senior Community Center have exceeded our expectations in every way – participation, revenues, green efficiencies and community support."  Recreation and Human Services Director, Carolyn Knudtson said “We are thrilled!  The National Award is the icing on the cake for us!  We are rewarded every day by watching the positive impact these programs and this facility provides to our participants.”

“NRPA is pleased to honor our nation’s park and recreation heroes—agencies and individuals who work tirelessly and with passion to improve the lives of their citizens and make their communities great,” said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA.

The San Leandro Senior Community Center was chosen for the National Award for being a model facility in its inclusiveness and responsiveness to the needs of the community.  A Senior Needs Assessment completed in 2000 identified a multi-purpose senior center as the highest priority need for seniors in San Leandro.  Ten years of the City working with community members, stakeholder groups and partner organizations resulted in the San Leandro Senior Community Center; a 21,000 square foot, LEED Gold-certified new focal point in the community that offers senior programs, rental facilities and a state-of-the-art Emergency Operation Center.

The Senior Community Center provides a dedicated, centrally located, multi-use facility for seniors.  Since opening in April 2011, the senior program has increased 42% overall (including social, lunch and educational programs), and 190% in classes and activities that teach participants how to improve strength and balance, express creativity, relax and have fun through exercise, dance, writing and more.

The NRPA is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.

About San Leandro

A diverse community of nearly 85,000 residents, San Leandro maintains a safe, small town feel while offering a wide range of shopping, dining, recreation amenities, miles of shoreline, and easy access to nearby regional parks and nature areas.  

Located in the center of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro enjoys close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, and is served by two major freeways and two BART stations.  Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro, an eleven-mile fiber optic loop is under construction in the city's large industrial and commercial zone.  Lit San Leandro will assist a new set of businesses to leverage San Leandro’s assets and become industry leaders in the data revolution.  Further information about Lit San Leandro can be found at http://www.litsanleandro.com/.

Visit the City’s website at www.sanleandro.org for more information on the City’s programs and services.  To register to automatically receive press releases, meeting agendas or other electronic notifications, go to http://www.sanleandro.org/portal/default.asp.

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