Kyd Zone participants kick off the EDHCSD"s "Out is In" campaign in honor of July being Parks and Recreation month nationwide. Look for the sign at a park near you. Left to right are: Gollin Pelto, Winston Long, Alex Huss, Luke Chi, Michael Farley. Lindsey Levine, Samantha Leitner, Natalie Colfescu and Neha Hariharan. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

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CSD pushes the great outdoors this July

By From page A1 | July 02, 2014

Out is in.

“Nearly three in 10 U.S. adults don’t spend enough time outside on a daily basis and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air,” the National Recreation and Park Association wrote in a statement to cities and community services districts nationwide. “This year’s national theme ‘Out is In’ encourages individuals, families, friends and co-workers to do something outside everyday that they’d normally do inside.”

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District takes this challenge seriously. On June 12 its Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution declaring July Parks and Recreation month and, all month, staff members are planning ways to make the challenge fun for all.

Recreation Coordinator Becca Todd hopes to see residents enjoy some or all of the EDHCSD’s 25 developed parks during July and invites them to send in pictures to prove it.

“We want residents to post pictures of themselves outdoors and post them to the EDHCSD’s Facebook page, tag the CSD on Instagram @eldoradohillscsd or e-mail your photos to be featured on the CSD web page,” she said.

Staff will in turn surprise parks and recreation revelers all month with a traveling Out is In sign used to capture their own memories and create buzz on social media. Anyone can create their own replica of the sign and hold it up in pictures by printing out a template from the CSD web page.

A culminating event will be held Friday, July 25. Public swim participants are invited to enjoy a free hot dog lunch at the CSD pool on this day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., a DJ and free ice cream sundaes are on the agenda for swimmers too.

“You never know,” said Todd, “With some coercing the GM (Brent Dennis) might go off the high dive.”

Julie Samrick

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