Mar 20, 2012

Youth Congress Leadership Students Visit Calabasas Parks and Recreation Program

The Youth Congress Leadership Program visited the 30,000 square foot Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center on Wednesday, March 7th. The only joint venture Community Center, it offers numerous recreational, cultural, and educational programs to meet the needs of local residents. We were first shown the center itself and then went on a bus tour of several parks in Calabasas. Director of Community Services, Jeff Rubin, and his staff gave us such interesting information and answered all of our questions. The first stop was Juan Bautista de Anza Park, which features a conference room, 3 playgrounds, and a lighted multi-use game court. Mr. Rubin took pride in the fact that the park is always in great condition – broken nets are constantly replaced and courts are kept clean. We then visited the Bark Park for dogs. It, too, is tailored to the needs of both owner and dog and is always maintained to perfection. Our next stop: Gates Canyon Park, also known as Brandon’s Village. This park was specifically designed to provide play opportunities for both able-bodied children and children with disabilities. 70% of the utilities are accessible to children in wheelchairs, so they can engage alongside their siblings and other children. Mr. Rubin’s intern also presented to us the many opportunities for youth, including but not limited to the Teen Activities Council and the Teen Court. We finished the tour with delicious root-beer-float refreshments at the Tennis & Swim Center. Mr. Rubin hoped to change our opinions on community services and recreation – and he did just that.
                 Jane Chen
Leadership Youth Enjoy Root Beer Floats

Photos by Aakash Jha

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