Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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72 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Jodie Adams is PlayCore's 2017 Hero Award Winner PlayCore presented Jodie Adams with its 2017 Hero Award on Sept 26 at the NRPA event in New Orleans. PlayCore, a Chattanooga-based commercial play equipment manufacturer, annually bestows its "Hero Award" on an inspirational person that it has come to know through the course of its business. This year, PlayCore slected Jodie Adams, currently with the department of kinesiology at Missouri State University in the parks, sports and recreation management program. The Hero Award recognizes Jodie Adam's selfless dedication to improving the community she serves. Adams is a member of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration, a retired director of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and past president of the National Recreation and Park Association and the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association. At Springfield-Greene County she was responsible for supervising more than 100 parks and facilities, over 2,000 programs and a $34 million annual operating budget. She was also instrumental in the park system becoming fully financially sustainable. Her activism continues through a variety of initiatives and education to help ensure active lifestyles for families and communities. "It's humbling to be recognized by my peers for something that I feel extremely passionate about—supporting quality play and educational opportunities for all ages throughout the nation," said in accepting the award. As part of the Hero Award, PlayCore will make a $1,500 donation to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Jodie Adams "Go for it Fund." That fund will be distributed to Friends of the Garden, a lead partner of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board that supports the care and education component of the children's nature grounds and botanical gardens, and to the Missouri State University department of kinesiology for recreation and adaptive physical education students. Federal Disaster Funding Will Assist in Recovery Efforts After No. Cal. Wildfires The 13 wildfires across Northern California's wine country in October burned over 210,000 acres, destroyed an estimated 8,400 homes and structures and killed at least 42 people. On October 10, FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance was available to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts for fires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba counties. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 5 0

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