CARD Receives Appreciation Award

Adults Jeff R. Smith, board chair of CARD; William
Kehoe, general manager; and President Esteban join
in a noncompetitive game with CARD youth at the
Community Appreciation Award Ceremony on the lawn
of Kendall Hall. (photo KM)
The Chico Area Recreation and Parks District received the Community Appreciation Award from President Manuel A. Esteban at a ceremony and reception on April 19 during Founders Week. The award is given to identify and recognize a community organization that makes the Chico community a better place for CSU, Chico students, faculty, and staff to learn, live, work, and play.

William Kehoe, general manager, and Jeff Smith, board chair of CARD, accepted the award and noted that the award is especially significant as CARD celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The university's relationship with CARD is a long and important one. CARD has provided students the opportunity to work with the community in developing recreation facilities and programs. Recreation and parks professor Fred Brooks and his Recreation Areas and Facilities Design Team classes assisted CARD in developing master plans for the picnic area at the 20th Street Community Park in 1981 and the 20th Street Annex in 1997, and completed the master plan design for the DeGarmo Community Park in north Chico. Intercollegiate Athletics combined with CARD in 1972 to develop a youth soccer program, which today has over 4,000 youth participants.

CARD staff have trained students in internships, lectured in classes, asked faculty and staff to serve on its board of directors, and provided employment of CSU, Chico students and graduates in youth-related activities, maintenance, landscaping, clerical, and management positions.


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