A lot can go wrong at park facilities, from mishaps with groundskeeping equipment to children getting hurt on playground equipment.
The California Association for Recreation and Park Districts honored the Hesperia Recreation and Park District's commitment to safety at the CARPD conference in Sacramento earlier this month. The district was one of several to receive the Ted Winslow Safety Award for a "commitment to safety and loss control," and was the only park district to receive a perfect 100 score on safety criteria.
"We didn't have any recommendations from our insurance (company) that we could improve upon," district general manager Lindsay Woods said. "We're the only district that was recognized that way."
The district has worked hard on training employees in safety procedures on an ongoing basis, he said, along with cross-training them for different jobs in the district.
"I think we've always been pretty safe," Woods said, "but this is the first year we've gotten a perfect score."
"I'm in awe of all the things they do (here) to make it safe for staff and the kids," park board member Jack Hamilton said.
"Their exposure to injuries is phenomenal, yet they come out with such a report and honor," board member Bob Chandler said.
And the park district's safety procedures may end up benefiting park staff and park users statewide.
"They've used a lot of what we developed in-house with other agencies," Woods said.
The district also received the organization's 2012 Outstanding Renovated Facility award for their relocation of the Val Shearer Equestrian Center from Lime Street Park to Hesperia Lake Park and the 2012 Outstanding Marketing and Communication award
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