2016-06-30 / Community

Irwin applauds Play Conejo


THEY’RE NOT PLAYING—Mary Power, Play Conejo president, center, accepts a proclamation from Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Camarillo) for being named the 44th Assembly District’s Nonprofit of the Year. Play Conejo is the fundraising arm of the Conejo Recreation and Park District. THEY’RE NOT PLAYING—Mary Power, Play Conejo president, center, accepts a proclamation from Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Camarillo) for being named the 44th Assembly District’s Nonprofit of the Year. Play Conejo is the fundraising arm of the Conejo Recreation and Park District. The success of Play Conejo, the fundraising arm of the Conejo Rec and Park District, has caught the eye of former Thousand Oaks City Council member turned Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin.

The Democratic legislator recently named the 4-year-old organization the 44th Assembly District’s 2016 Nonprofit of the Year, an annual award handed out by state lawmakers.

The district covers an area that stretches from Oxnard to Thousand Oaks and into Simi Valley, meaning hundreds of nonprofits were potentially up for the honor.

Created in 2012 as part of CRPD’s 50th Anniversary, Play Conejo provides volunteer, charitable and financial support for public park facilities and recreation programs which benefit Conejo Valley residents.

Recently, much of the nonprofit’s efforts have trained on finishing the DreamCatcher special-needs playground at Old Meadows Park, which is about to begin its second phase.

Through Play Conejo’s efforts,

CRPD was able to fund new playground equipment, restrooms, walking paths and refreshed landscaping.

“This exceptional nonprofit organization will help ensure our next generation has access to healthy lifestyles with updated equipment and facilities,” Irwin said in a statement.

Play Conejo also supports a scholarship program to give children the opportunity to participate in recreation programs and to adopt healthy habits.

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