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FR PA AG E N CY PR O FI LE New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Sometimes we can overthink a Mission or Value Statement. New Port Richey (in Pasco County, outside of Tampa Bay; population 15,000) Parks and Recreation keeps it simple, and in so doing keeps the goal clear to all who embrace it: "Create memorable recreational, parks and aquatic experiences to connect people and parks for life." Incorporated in 1924, the very first act of the city council was to accept a donation of land from resident George Sims for a park now known as Sims Park. Ninety years later, Sims Park, in the heart of the city, recently underwent a $3.2 million dollar renovation to add restrooms, walking trails, covered playgrounds, a splash pad and picnic shelters. Redevelopment of Sims Park began with a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Elaine Smith, two-time president of FRPA, leads a fulltime staff of 14 and a seasonal staff of 25. The $1.3 million dollar budget maintains the 80 acre James E. Grey Preserve, a 35,000 square-foot recreation and aquatic center (with four pools, water slide, fitness center and two gymnasiums), a boat ramp and the historic Peace Hall. New Port Richey's first Catholic Church (opened in 1919), Our Lady Queen of Peace, was acquired by New Port Richey and moved to Sims Park where it now hosts weddings and special events. The renovation of Sims Park has revitalized the city's downtown area, rejuvenating area businesses and bringing the community together. Prior to the renovation, the park had issues with vandalism and other criminal activity. Today the park is family friendly, hosting numerous events such as free movie nights, Healthy Days in the Park, "Meet the Trainer" days and more that draw hundreds. That success will continue to be nourished with a summer concert series. New Port Richey's achievements are many. They were back-to-back recipients of FRPA's Agency Excellence Award in 2008 and 2009. They have been recognized as a Playful City USA community for seven years. In 2016, New Port Richey was one of only 60 communities nationwide to reach all five gold medals in First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative. Individual achievements have followed for this department as it has been the recipient of FRPA's Volunteer Group, Individual Volunteer and Parks Professional awards as well. The future in New Port Richey is bright. Accessibility in its many forms is a priority. This summer it is adding ADA accessible kayak launches in three city parks along the Pithlachascotee River. Walking trails are being added throughout the city to connect the recreation and aquatic center to Cotee River Park and the downtown area. And they are even considering adding child care and an indoor playground to the recreation center to encourage more use of the facilities. New Port Richey is truly connecting people and parks for life. ■ fall 2016 | frpa journal 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FRPA Journal - Fall 2016

A Message from the President of FRPA
A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
FRPA Agency Profile
Book Review
Economic Impact of the Underline
Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
“Thank You for My New Bicycle”
Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
Index of Advertisers
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the President of FRPA
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - FRPA Agency Profile
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Book Review
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Economic Impact of the Underline
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 19
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 21
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - “Thank You for My New Bicycle”
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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