Encino, CA, May 25, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Heeding the cry of a small child, “Don’t let them take away our duck pond,” the Encino Lawyers Association members are taking action to save Los Encinos State Historic Park from closure due to ongoing State budget cuts.
“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.”
A contest idea was hatched to create a SpokesDuck as a symbol to speak for the park. “When we heard that local kids call Los Encinos, the ‘duck pond park,’ we thought, Wow, then we need to find a SpokesDuck to let people know the duck pond needs saving,” Daniels says. “The idea is similar to what the Forest Service created with Smokey the Bear. Smokey is about Forest Fires. SpokesDuck is about keeping our State Parks open to the animals and kids.”
The contest takes flight Saturday May 26th via the website: www.SaveOurDuckPond.com. Children ages 0-13, with their parent’s permission, are asked to visit the website to download daily entry forms to ”Draw and Name the Los Encinos Park SpokesDuck.”
The Association’s volunteer Executive Director, Sumner Davenport says with a twinkle in her eye, “We are looking forward to that entry from the 0 age child.” She goes on to say, “Even though we are presenting this event in a fun way, the park’s situation is clearly serious. It’s important for the community to flock together and help save this park. This contest is one way to draw people back to the park who may not understand its plight or who may not have visited in a while.”
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. Contest Rules, announcements, press releases, sponsor updates and any event updates will be listed on SaveOurDuckPond.com.
Community residents, park officials, park advocates and elected officials are flocking together with Encino Lawyers Association to support this contest and its efforts to save our local duck pond.
The contest runs through June 22nd, and the winners will be announced with awards and prizes on June 24th on the grounds of Los Encinos State Historic Park.
For more information about the contest visit www.Saveourduckpond.com