On Sunday, June 24th, the semi-finalists and their parents came to the park to receive their prizes.
All the drawings received during the contest were on display on the duck pond fence so everyone could see the creativity of the children in the community.
The children excitedly jumped at the opportunity to paint alongside internationally renowned artist Rassouli and the Fusionart painters.
The children were excited about their awards.
The SpokesDuck awards day was fun for the children and the parents. Red, white & blue buttons advertised the slogan Flock Together.
We are getting emails and Facebook posts about how much fun people had at the SpokesDuck event that was held at the Los Encinos State Historic Park yesterday.
All the entered drawings were on display on the duck pond fence so everyone could see the creativity of the children in the community. While they were waiting for the announcements, the children excitedly jumped at the opportunity to paint alongside Rassouli and the Fusionart painters. Many of them stayed longer, obviously enjoying the painting experience.
The day was one of connecting with the children and their families. Each child received a goody bag with rubber duckies, I love Ducks stickers, crayons, coloring books and more. These goodies were donated by the sponsors, and our elected friends.
It seemed as though many of these families were being reintroduced to the park in a new light, as a place to gather on a beautiful summer day to share fun times.
The Living History troupe was also in the park adding to the full flavor of the day. These folks come every month to help people see what it might be like at the time these historic buildings were actually lived in.
Tours were offered through the Adobes and people comments indicated they had previously been unaware of the depth of history of this beautiful park. The more people learn and are reminded of this park, the importance spreads to a larger group who want to save this park from closure.
Overall, it was a fun day for all.
Children in the Encino and neighboring communities excitedly submitted their entries for the “Name & Draw our Los Encinos SpokesDuck” contest.
Many of the SpokesDuck drawings included apparel and captions. From a top hat “Lincoln Duck”, a scowling “Bring it on Duck”, ducks carrying signs that read “Don’t leave me to suffer, Save my home” and “Save the Los Encinos Park and save the ducks.” One child drew two images on his form, and explained, “One is the duck and the other is the ambulance they need when people feed bread to the ducks.”
From Ranger ducks and Patriotic ducks to Swaggaducks complete with gold chains, the children have drawn and voiced their concerns about their neighborhood park.
From the overwhelming response of creative and colorful entries, a panel of judges selected semi-finalists. It’s now time for the community to vote on their favorites so the winners can be determined.
The semifinalists can be viewed on the internet at:Facebook.com/SaveOurDuckPond. Likes and comments will be counted as votes to determine a winner in each age category. Be sure to vote in every category.
Sunday June 24th, from11am – 1pm the winners will be announced in the park and given their prizes.
For more information visit: www.SaveOurDuckPond.com
Encino Residents, businesses and local elected officials are working together to prevent the closure of Los Encinos State Historic Park, lovingly known as the Duck Pond to Encino’s youngest residents. Heeding the cry of a small child, “Don’t let them take away our duck pond” Encino Lawyers Association, Bill Daniels Law Offices and Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) are co-sponsoring a contest for children called “Draw & Name the Los Encinos Park SpokesDuck”.
“This park is important, not only because of its historical value to the area, but because it’s a safe place for children to play and families to gather to celebrate special events”, says Association President, Bill Daniels. “My own children played in the park when they were little. We need to keep the park open for their children.”
With their parent’s permission, children can enter the contest every day by downloading an entry form from: wwwSaveOurDuckPond.com.
Entries need to be signed by the parent/guardian before depositing them in a special entry box in the visitor center at the Los Encinos State Historic Park, 16756 Moorpark St., Encino. From the entries, a panel of prominent judges will select the semi-finalists, after which the community will vote for their favorites. The contest runs through June 17th, and the winners will be announced with awards and prizes on June 24th on the grounds of Los Encinos State Historic Park.
“Los Encinos State Park is a gem in our community,” said Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley). “By rallying together, we can keep this wonderful park open for families to enjoy. Hats off to Encino Lawyers for helping lead the charge to save this park.”
Researching the status and needs of the park, a Facebook post led an Association member to a task force meeting which had been organized by Senator Fran Pavley. After returning with the information she obtained about the parks ongoing requirements, the Association took action in calling friends, neighbors, business associates and local elected officials, and the idea of the “Name & Draw the Los Encinos SpokesDuck” contest was hatched.
This idea is similar to what the Forest Service created with Smokey the Bear; Smokey is about Forest Fires. SpokesDuck is about keeping our State Park open to the animals and kids.
“Los Encinos State Historic Park is an important and precious place in our community. The SpokesDuck drawing contest is an exciting grass roots movement involving children and families to help keep Los Encinos open.” said Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills).” The ducks in the pond bring children joy and now children can make sure the ducks are saved and cared for. I’m thrilled to be a part of it and thank you to the Encino Lawyers Association for this fun contest. We are all working hard to help the Los Encinos Docents Association raise the necessary funds to keep our historic state park open.”
For more information visit: www.SaveOurDuckPond.com