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Posted on: June 21, 2016

Rockville Mayor and Council Declare July ‘Park and Recreation Month’

Rockville, Maryland, June 21 — July 2016 is Park and Recreation month in Rockville following a proclamation of the Mayor and Council, issued Monday.

National organizations have recognized Rockville Recreation and Parks with awards and designations that include the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation (for 27 years running), being named a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) city by the Institute for Public Health Innovation, earning a "Playful City USA" designation from KaBOOM!, and being named a "Let's Move" city by First Lady Michelle Obama's Raising a Healthier Generation of Kids Campaign.

Programs and services provided to the community are the work of the Department of Recreation and Parks and its many partners. The city, along with one of those partners, the Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation, honored individuals and organizations for their contributions to improving recreation and parks programs in Rockville.

Torrance Dawkins

Dawkins, a volunteer coach with the City of Rockville, has coached more than 1,000 participants in youth baseball, basketball and soccer over the past 22 years. This year, Dawkins coached seven teams and about 75 Rockville youth.

Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge

Jeff Eng, chef at Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge, has been a longtime supporter of the Rockville Recreation and Parks Department and its programs. Eng and his staff have conducted cooking demonstrations at the Rockville Farmers Market and Uncorked Wine & Music Festival, and promoted the farmers market during his television appearances on programs such as “Celebrating Summer” on NBC4. This summer, Clyde’s Tower Oaks will lend its support to the Farm to Table summer camp at Croydon Creek Nature Center.

Adventist HealthCare

Adventist HealthCare provided a nutrition and wellness intern to help implement the OrganWise Guys nutritional literacy program for children in the after-school program at Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, Lincoln Park Community Center and Twinbrook Elementary School. Adventist HealthCare has supported city efforts in other ways, including taking part in Rockville’s Healthy Living Expo. Last year, Adventist Healthcare supported Rockville Recreation and Parks programs as a sponsor of the Farmers Market through a $500 donation for the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The donation will help low-income families access healthy and nutritious food.

The proclamation was presented by the Mayor and Council to Recreation and Park Advisory Board Chairman Roline Milfort and Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation President Chip Boylan.

For more information on the proclamation, see the June 20 meeting agenda at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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