When it came time to vote for the 2022 Colorado Special Districts Pool District of the Year, Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD) was a standout candidate from the start.
As our team has toured their facilities over the past several years, each visit has demonstrated a significant improvement in safety and loss prevention, and underscored the commitment to safety of life and preservation of property. Her growth as a member of the Colorado Special District Pool has resulted in a burgeoning safety culture that permeates every aspect of her organization from team meetings, safety committees and day-to-day operations.
When speaking to Robin Fallon, EVRPD’s Human Resources Manager, it is easy to see the commitment and energy that exists within the organization.
“Our safety committee will be very pleased that their efforts are being recognized,” she says. “While we still have work to do, our team has truly come together to support each other in our efforts to improve our safety record.”
EVRPD is just a few miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, so both outdoor fun and safety are always on their radar. Its amenities include a marina, campgrounds, golf courses, playgrounds, ball fields and hiking trails. This includes a 67,000-square-foot recreation center with pools, an indoor running track, gym and fitness areas.
“They’ve done so much to clean up their workspaces and try to improve safety,” says Adam Johnsen, Safety Advisor at CSD Pool. “I’ve toured their facilities three times in the last six years now and this year the changes have been absolutely dramatic.”
Today, EVRPD is a highly organized and efficient organization dedicated to delivering training programs both in person and online while doing their best to remain proactive in their safety program. The entire team takes pride in what they do, which is evident as soon as you step foot in the door of their organization.
“Every time we tour their facilities, they become more organized and their safety committee becomes more involved,” says Johnsen. “They have grown tremendously over the past few years and winning the District of the Year award will give them even more inspiration to continue what they do.”
Management involvement is one of the most important elements of an effective safety culture. When managers and supervisors commit to developing and implementing safety initiatives, they set a good example for employees.
Thomas Carosello, Executive Director of EVRPD, believes that education starts at the top. He makes a point of making an annual announcement reminding everyone that safety is, and always will be, the District’s top priority.
Fallon also attaches great importance to employee training. They participate annually in the CSD Pool’s training credit program, where districts receive rebates on their liability premiums when a high percentage of employees complete safety training in Vector Solutions’ LMS.
Every year, Fallon ensures that every employee, from full-time employees to part-time teachers and trainers, completes a training course. The amount of time and care that goes into tracking these courses for each employee is immense, but Fallon finds the training important enough to make time for, “even if they teach an hour a week,” she says .
The EVRPD’s commitment to education is exceptional. When course completion reports are made for the Training Credit program, their organization is almost 200% up and running, which means that every employee is aware of their safety responsibilities. This is not an easy task.
The Estes Valley Parks and Recreation District was recognized for its achievement as the 2022 SDA Conference. Larry Moore, President of the Board of Directors of the CSD Pool and representative of the Roxborough Water & Sanitation District, devoted part of his speech to the CSD Pool’s Annual General Meeting to their amazing progress.
“I want to congratulate Robin, Amy and everyone in the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District on being the CSD Pool’s ‘2022 Safest District of the Year,'” said Moore. “This year, with many districts demonstrating exemplary leadership and commitment to safety, Estes Valley has demonstrated its commitment to safety of life, protection of property and the development of a superior safety culture – focused on protecting its most important assets during of work to protect – their employees. Congratulations again on your well-deserved award and keep up the good work!”
Not only does this award mark the culmination of their hard work; it is just the beginning of what they are sure to achieve in the years to come.
Congratulations to the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District for being the 2022 Colorado Special Districts Pool District of the Year!