Summer Fun Events & Activities
Summer is here!
The summer Insider is available now and was published in the May 18th edition of the El Segundo Herald. The El Segundo Insider has all of the news on upcoming classes, events, and trips for this coming season. You can pick up a copy at recreation facilities while supplies last. It is also available on our website here.
Summer Event Flyers:
Special Event Sponsorship Opportunities
Make a positive impact on your community while marketing your local business. Providing sponsorship for community programs such as Summer Events and Camps, Teen Golf Tournament, and more is always a great way to support your community. Being a Recreation event sponsor can be a rewarding experience for you, your business and the community. All throughout the year, El Segundo and surrounding communities attend our events such as the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, Summer Concert Series, Family Campout, Carnival, and more. To learn more about the different levels of sponsorship opportunities and to become a sponsor today, please contact Shawn Green at 310-524-2707. Thank you!
Farewell Tree Musketeers
Tree Musketeers closed its doors after thirty years despite the program’s success due to lack of funding. Originally founded by an El Segundo Brownie Troop, the nonprofit organization was the world’s first youth-lead environmental organization where the “kids were the boss”. Tree Musketeers provided leadership education and opportunities to thousands of young people, some from severely disadvantaged backgrounds, who grew up to become leaders in schools, business, politics, and the arts.
Tree Musketeers made the difficult decision to wind down operations after hosting the 30th Annual Arbor Day Celebration this past March; a successful event where hundreds of volunteers came together to plant and care for trees along Imperial Highway. Watch Arbor Day 2017 video here.
The decision to bring the Tree Musketeers story to an end follows several years of financial hardship, which Executive Director Gail Church attributes to the changing climate and public spending priorities. “We saw a precipitous drop in individual and corporate giving during the ‘Great Recession’, which has really never fully rebounded. Federal and state grants to nonprofit urban forestry programs had already dropped off in the early 2000’s, so the shrinking individual and corporate gifts beginning in 2008-09 were particularly devastating to us.” “It is sad to say goodbye,” says Cofounder and Chair of the Board, Tara Church, “but the trees we planted and the young people who became leaders through our work are a legacy that will live on.”
Hometown successes range from surrounding the residential area of El Segundo with a green pollution barrier of trees to inspiring industries to replace the ozone-depleting Chlorofluorocarbon and bringing recycling to El Segundo.
The Tree Musketeers has been a great advocate for trees; the annual host of the Arbor Day event, enriched children with youth leadership training and has helped beautify the community with their events. Thank you, Tree Musketeers for all you have accomplished. You will be missed!
Acacia Park & Pool Closure
Acacia Park and Acacia Pool will be closed beginning in June for a priority Public Works sewer pump station project that will take approximately one year to complete. This Public Works project will add sewage storage capacity, installation of new pumps and related equipment, installation of a backup diesel generator, installation of a new electrical control and telemetry system, and realignment of sewer force main pipe within the street right-of –way instead of private properties via an easement. Acacia Park and Pool are scheduled to re-open in June 2018.
Hilltop and Urho Saari Swim Stadium will be open throughout summer.
Grant Funded Playground Resurfacing Project!
The rubber surface at The Recreation Park’s playgrounds near the George E. Gordon Clubhouse has been replaced and is ready to go! Bring the kids by this summer to play and check out the new digs.
A special “thank you” goes out to the Public Works Engineering Department for their assistance in making this improvement a reality.