Regional Groups Net $1.4 Million for Park Improvements

Regional_Group_CCRG_SlideCity councils in Concord and San Pablo recently approved a total of $1.4 million to fund park improvement projects – and we have a dedicated group of parent leaders to thank for it.

For more than two years, members of the three Regional Groups we sponsor have been working to improve parks in Contra Costa County’s lowest income communities. Along with partners like Monument Impact, Healthy and Active Before 5, and Contra Costa Health Services, the Regional Groups began this effort by assessing 75 parks in cities including Antioch, Bay Point, Concord, Pittsburg, and San Pablo.

Findings and recommendations from these assessments then went to each city’s park and recreation commissions and/or city councils to secure funding to implement the Group’s priorities for park improvements. Continue reading

Olympics Viewing with Young Children

It’s just paper plates – even I could do this craft!

My five-and-a-half-year old kindergarten-bound son is going C-R-A-Z-Y for the Olympics.

Like any parent of a child this age, I first thought it was because watching the Olympic games meant he could stay up past his usual bedtime. But when I questioned him he pleaded, “No Mom, I’m really interested in this”. And when he asked to watch women’s cycling over Sponge Bob Square Pants on Saturday morning, I knew something about the Olympics had really taken hold. Continue reading