Contest Announced to Save Encino Duck Pond
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.”
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