News Flash Home
The original item was published from 5/4/2021 6:39:07 PM to 5/6/2023 12:00:00 AM.

News Flash

Press Releases

Posted on: May 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] City of Palmdale Receives Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society

The City of Palmdale received a 2020 California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) Award of Excellence for the Courson Park Pool facility in the Excellence in Design - Facility Design category

The CPRS awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of facility design, park planning, marketing and communication, and community improvement and programming through demonstrating the CREAM principals of challenge, resourcefulness, execution, accomplishment and alignment with the parks and recreation mission.

The award was presented to City staff members Director of Parks and Recreation Keri Smith, Recreation Supervisor Randy Autry, Housing Manager Sophia Reyes, Housing Coordinator Sarah Mailes, Facilities Superintendent Chris Cleaves, and Senior Maintenance Specialist Lance Ciechanowski.

The new state-of-the-art Courson Pool facility boasts a 25-yard pool that offers eight lanes, and features Palmdale’s first splash pad that includes multiple automatic water features, a beautiful public art mural, and unique artistic elements. The Courson Pool Facility provides residents of Palmdale a unique place to come play, learn, and swim.

“The mission of the City of Palmdale, and for the Courson Pool Facility, is to offer high quality, affordable, yet memorable learning experiences FOR our residents, local swim clubs, and visitors,” said Mayor Steve Hofbauer. 

“Since we opened the Courson Pool Facility, it has greatly enhanced the quality of life for not only the neighboring residents, but other visiting guests from outside of the area by providing a beautiful complex that boasts attractive features, as well as promotes physical, emotional, and mental health wellbeing through recreational and structured aquatics programming,” said District 1 Councilmember Austin Bishop.

“The CPRS awards program is the highest recognition our agency can receive, and the award is a credit to the partners, volunteers, and City staff, who made this happen,” said City Manager J.J. Murphy.  “We are honored to receive this on behalf of our residents.” 

“We are very proud of our swim lesson program at Courson and all our pools which specialize in providing education in water safety practices as drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4 and 10-14 years old,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Keri Smith. “Courson also provides a convenient, downtown location, where people of all ages and abilities may have various opportunities to help further develop their swim skills, strengthen their community identity, and foster social cohesiveness.”

For more information, call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 661/267-5611.


About CPRS

CPRS is a membership organization with just over 4,000 members representing the 535 local parks and recreation agencies throughout the state. The mission of CPRS is to advance the profession and its members through education, networking, resources, and advocacy.  For more information, please visit

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Press Releases

Jolly Holiday at the Palmdale Amphitheater

Posted on: November 15, 2023

Palmdale Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Posted on: October 19, 2023

Park Connect Coming to McAdam Park

Posted on: October 18, 2023

Friends of the Library Book Sale Scheduled

Posted on: September 26, 2023

Palmdale Recognized for Employee Safety

Posted on: September 20, 2023

Walk On Words Sidewalk Poetry Unveiled

Posted on: September 20, 2023

Palmdale Lifeguard Academy Enrolling Now

Posted on: September 19, 2023

SAVES Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Posted on: September 12, 2023

Community Input Sought for SAVES Mural

Posted on: August 10, 2023

Fentanyl Awareness Day

Posted on: May 9, 2023

#FightFentanylAV Campaign Launched

Posted on: March 29, 2023

Big Band Performance at Palmdale Playhouse

Posted on: February 23, 2023

Free Dog and Cat Vaccine Clinic

Posted on: February 17, 2023

Palmdale Equips LASD with e-Citation Tools

Posted on: February 16, 2023

Mental Health Workshops at the Library

Posted on: February 7, 2023

Stone Soul at Palmdale Playhouse

Posted on: February 7, 2023

Rock and Roll at Palmdale Playhouse

Posted on: January 26, 2023

Celebrate Love at Valentine’s Dance

Posted on: January 24, 2023

Holiday Movie Festival at the Library

Posted on: December 22, 2022

Learn About Our City’s Zoning Changes

Posted on: December 22, 2022

MA - SAVES Food and Toy Distribution

Posted on: December 20, 2022

Landlord Training Classes Offered by City

Posted on: December 14, 2022

City Employees Take Down Graffiti

Posted on: December 5, 2022

Celebrate the Holidays at the Library

Posted on: December 1, 2022

Movie Nights Planned at the Library

Posted on: November 7, 2022

Housing Opportunity in Palmdale

Posted on: October 27, 2022

Haunted House Coming to Marie Kerr Park

Posted on: October 5, 2022

Free Spooky Movie Nights in October

Posted on: September 26, 2022

Downtown Revitalization Projects Celebrated

Posted on: September 13, 2022

Homes 4 Families Rainbow Build 2022

Posted on: September 8, 2022

Get Your Art on at Palettes in the Park

Posted on: September 7, 2022

City Hall to Close for Labor Day Holiday

Posted on: September 1, 2022

Smash Mouth Tickets Still Available

Posted on: July 19, 2022

Music in the Parks Returns for 2022

Posted on: June 15, 2022

City of Palmdale Offers Yoga Classes

Posted on: April 26, 2022

MA: Grand Opening - Dutch Bros

Posted on: March 28, 2022

Coach and Bus Recruitment Event

Posted on: March 23, 2022

Lockheed Martin Hiring Event

Posted on: March 11, 2022

Free E-Waste Disposal Event This Saturday

Posted on: February 17, 2022