|The Visalia Parks and Recreation Department received multiple awards at the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) District VII Awards Banquet held on Friday March 9th. CPRS District VII is comprised of Parks and Recreation agencies from Madera to Porterville. Awards included:
- Outstanding Facility- Riverway Sports Park
- Outstanding Program-Visalia Corporate Games
- Outstanding Volunteer-Richard Rodriguez
- Community Service Award- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
- Community Service Award-Visalia Parks and Recreation Foundation
Visalia Riverway Sports Park
The Visalia Riverway Sports Park first opened to the public in 2007 as the initial 48 acre phase included 10 soccer fields; three group picnic shelters; a popular water feature; multiple playgrounds; concession and restroom facilities; and permanent roadways and parking facilities. The popularity of the facility has exceeded expectations.
A second 12 acre phase opened up in 2010 featuring a four field lighted youth baseball complex which is shared by two youth baseball organizations. Last summer, the baseball facility played host to the national Cal Ripken World Series for 12 year olds. Over 6,000 fans attended the championship game. Part of the strategy in developing the sports park is the positive economic impact that comes from hosting major sports events in the community.