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Clay County Parks Association has many functions

Friday, May 14, 2004

The mission of the Clay Community Parks Association, Inc., includes the following

- To raise the level of community awareness of Forest Park and other community parks, their value to the community and their serious needs

- To recruit and organize the human resources needed for an independent, nonpolitical action committee for the benefit of the parks, operating with the approval of appropriate government officials

- To identify and prioritize the immediate and long-range needs of the parks

- To tap every possible means of financial support for Forest Park and for other community parks

- To provide for a highly visible, ongoing, tax-free depository for gifts for Forest Park and for other community parks.

The emphasis of the Association's efforts shall be on Forest Park with assistance to the other parks in the county also considered, depending on the needs of those parks and the resources available to the Association.

All of the above activities are to be engaged in without distinction or discrimination as to race, color, age, sex, religion or ethnic background. It is the desire of the organization to involve as many local citizens and groups as possible in planning the projects and programs that will be carried on by the Association.

CCPA encourages volunteers to help implement the master plan of environmental improvement and beautification projects for the parks. Groups and individuals may be assigned projects based upon the interests, time and skills they have available.

Their wish list includes individual, community and business sponsors to help fund and implement the itemized projects in the master plan for the parks.

One service CCPA strives to provide is the development of a master plan for the city parks that can be used as a basis for grant applications to maintain and expand the natural woodlands of the parks. Such a plan can provide assurance that ADA requirements are being appropriately designed, constructed and maintained for existing structures and all new features and playground areas.

The Association meets with the Brazil City Park and Recreation Board on a regular basis to maintain open lines of communication and coordinate goals and needs for the parks.

The Association entertains input from local residents, businesses and service groups to determine priorities for the goals and needs that are established.

CCPA is funded by United Way, annual membership fees and donations, individual contributions, grants and civil organization contributions. The Association's employees are community volunteers.

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