2010 Department Awards

California Parks and Recreation Society State Awards

2010 Award of Excellence - Aquatic Facility Design

Richmond Plunge Renovation

The heart and soul of this project was the community that would not accept the demolition of this historic facility.  Through the efforts of a number of Richmond community members that took time to collect pennies, sell shirts, clocks, magnets, host fundraising events and not allow the memories or dream of rebuilding fade away.  The Plunge was designed to incorporate the original features, but with a “green” twist.  This facility has utilized recycled products for construction, a state of the art system reducing the need for liquid chlorine, utilizes radiant heat, natural dehumidification with the dormer window system, and has greatly reduced energy usage.  Through the efforts of these community heroes, we now have a healthy environment in which to serve the aquatic community.


California Parks and Recreation Society District 3 Awards

Outstanding Volunteer in Parks and Recreation

Myrtle Braxton-Ellington

Ms. Braxton has served on the Commission on Aging for over 4 years.  In this past year she has served as Secretary, is on the Executive Board, Special Events and Educational Workshops, Commissioner Retreat, Community Outreach and Transportation sub committees and contributes to the Commission on Aging quarterly newsletter.  In addition to serving on these sub committees, as secretary she worked with the Chair to develop fundraising letters, marketing materials and contacts for green businesses.   Ms. Braxton is also a Representative for the National Recreation and Parks Association, is active in the California Parks and Recreation Society and advocates for the California Association of Retired Americans (CARA).  Locally, she assisted with the parks sub committee in the Recreation and Parks Commission, serves on her neighborhood council, as well as works with seniors and the senior events at her church.  Ms. Braxton also served on the City of Richmond’s Recreation and Parks Commission for over 30 years. 

Outstanding Park or Facility

Richmond Plunge Renovation


The heart and soul of this project was the community that would not accept the demolition of this historic facility.  Through the efforts of a number of Richmond community members that took time to collect pennies, sell shirts, clocks, magnets, host fundraising events and not allow the memories or dream of rebuilding fade away.  The Plunge was designed to incorporate the original features, but with a “green” twist.  This facility has utilized recycled products for construction, a state of the art system reducing the need for liquid chlorine, utilizes radiant heat, natural dehumidification with the dormer window system, and has greatly reduced energy usage.  Through the efforts of these community heroes, we now have a healthy environment in which to serve the aquatic community.