Who You Gonna Call? Parks and Recreation a.k.a. "The Eco Squad"

Last week I went to Medford with Colette Ramirez-Maddock, Programs Manager at Eugene Parks and Rec Riverhouse, to present to her Oregon colleagues about the great partnerships being created in Eugene at the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association.

Riverhouse staff is teaming up with Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Shane MacRhodes, to implement the 10-hour Safe Routes for Kids Curriculum to middle schoolers in a program that will grow though out the year. Go get 'em, Tigers (or Ducks!).

While in Medford, Colette and I presented to a group of interested Parks and Rec-ers. We also got the opportunity to take this fabulous group on a ride around town. As we were tooling down the bike path that runs along the creek, we can across a fire (no joke, a fire!) and it was spreading fast.

Without missing a beat, 8 of us got off our bikes and started stomping and suppressing the fire with dirt while one person called 911. By the time the fire department got there, we put out almost all of the flames. One firefighter got our picture saying, "The Chief would never forgive me if I didn't get a picture of you guys!"

We re-named ourselves 'the Eco Squad" saving the earth one bike ride (and fire suppression) at a time.

All in a day's work.