Fight the Bite! Prevent Zika in Culpeper County
Outbreaks of Zika virus infection have occurred in many parts of the world, and travel-related cases have been diagnosed in Virginia. Because the mosquitoes that can transmit the virus are found in the U.S., including Virginia, the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District is spreading the word about how to protect yourself and your family.
The Disease: Mosquitoes can get infected with Zika virus when they bite a person who carries the virus, and then can infect other people by biting them. Four out of five people who are infected do NOT become sick. For those who do, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Zika has been linked to birth defects, such as microcephaly (small head) in babies and other syndromes in a small number of patients.
Prevention: Rappahannock Rapidan Health Director Dr. Wade Kartchner advises, “There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika. So it is important that we all do our part to prevent mosquitoes by eliminating their breeding sites and protecting ourselves and our families from mosquito bites.”
To fight Zika:
Cover and repel. Wear long sleeves, pants, shoes and a hat. Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered repellent according to label directions.
Remove collected water. Remember: tip, toss and cover! Mosquitoes can breed in containers of water as small as a bottle cap. Inspect your yard/grounds for any containers that can hold water and empty them. Throw it away if it is trash or cover it to prevent water from gathering.
Keep mosquitoes out of your home. Keep windows closed or make sure they have screens that keep mosquitoes outside.
Zika and pregnancy. Pregnant women and women seeking to become pregnant should speak with their doctors about the risk of Zika infections and poor pregnancy outcomes.
More Information: Visit www.ZikaVA.org or www.cdc.gov/zika.
This July, Culpeper County Will Discover the Super Powers of Parks and Recreation
This Month-long celebration highlights essential value of local parks and recreation
This July, Culpeper residents don’t need to be bitten by a radioactive spider to discover that they have super powers. They just need to visit their nearest park to find super powers they didn’t know they had.
Culpeper County Parks & Recreation is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and all the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives. From providing us places to get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve quality of life.
“Culpeper County Parks and Recreation not only offers existing classes and programs, but added new July programs and events for total community participation. It is with great pleasure to boast that Culpeper Parks and Recreation staff continues to create recreational opportunities that promotes healthy, social and leisure services for its residents.” stated John Barrett, Director of Culpeper County Parks & Recreation Department.
Culpeper County Parks & Recreation will celebrate National Park and Recreation Month through a Pump Track demo at Yowell Meadow Park on July 22nd from 3p-6p, offering Discounted tickets to Kings Dominion for just $40 (tickets valid through 7/31/16), offering Swimming Lessons, FREE Saturday youth basketball program for Middle & High Schoolers, Dog Obedience Classes, Horseback Riding Lessons, Cooking classes, Drama Summer Camps, Soccer Camps (ages 3-14yrs), Zumba, and Hot Hula Fitness. There is something for everyone!
NRPA is celebrating the month by hosting a selfie photo contest. From July 4-31, NRPA will issue weekly challenges for people to get out in their parks and recreation facilities and discover their super powers. Weekly prizes will be awarded. The contest can be entered via Facebook or by uploading a photo to Twitter and Instagram using #SuperJuly and #SuperParkSelfie. Visit www.nrpa.org/July for official rules and details. NRPA also encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share their photos and love of parks using the hashtag #SuperJuly on social media.
About The National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit ParksAndRecreation.org.
PARKS & REC DAYS at Kings Dominion!
Celebrate July is National Parks & Recreation Month with a trip to Kings Dominion. Parks & Rec Days tickets are valid only from Friday, June 24 through Sunday July 31. and are just $40 each (ages 3 & up) view our flyer.
Tickets must be purchased in person during normal office hours. We accept Credit Cards, and Cash - exact change please.
(Please note that we ONLY have single day tickets for Kings Dominion. No season passes, no tickets to Busch Gardens, Water Country, Six Flags or any of the other theme parks. )
Culpeper County Parks and Recreation Department Receives “Make It Happen” Grant!
The PATH Foundation (formerly the Fauquier Health Foundation) announced today that it has awarded a Make It Happen! grant to the Culpeper County Parks and Recreation Department to create an 18-hole disc golf course at Spilman Park. The park is located on Colvin Road off of Route 229, in the Amissville/Jeffersonton area.
The parks and recreation department has partnered with the Mountain Run Disc Golf Club (MRDGC) to provide residents of northern Culpeper, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties an opportunity to play disc golf—a non-contact, low-impact, healthy lifetime sport for all ages. The course will be constructed with assistance from MRDGC members and maintained by both MRDGC and the parks department. The offering of disc golf will be unlike anything available within the region.
“We are delighted to be able to provide some of the funding for this worthwhile project that will provide area residents an opportunity for additional outdoor activity and exercise,” stated Christy Connolly president and CEO of the PATH Foundation. “The benefits provided by disc golf meet the PATH Foundation’s criteria for improving the health and wellness of residents in the communities we serve.”
According to the MRDGC, disc golf has grown by more than 200% over the past six years and typically burns around 900 calories per game. Given the fact that it is of interest to all ages, it also succeeds in getting kids off the couch and away from video games and outside to recreate, and it provides substantial exercise for seniors.
Adding the disc golf course to Spilman Park will also revitalize the park and get more of the community out to appreciate the park’s beauty and natural setting. The project is expected to be completed by November.
John Barrett, Culpeper County Parks and Recreation director, said, "Spilman Park is an ideal facility to install an activity such as disc golf. The lay of the land provides passive and active opportunities that will challenge the beginner to experienced player, individually, family or in groups. Receiving the PATH Foundation Make it Happen grant offers residents a quality of life opportunity to keep healthy while enjoying the outdoors."
Make it Happen! grants were created to energize the speed and creativity of engaged citizens working with non-profits to accomplish small-scale, high-impact, quick-turnaround projects. The program provides funding of $2,000 to $10,000 for ideas that can be turned around in 90 days or less, and $10,000 to $25,000 for ideas that can be turned around in six months. The application process is simple and applicants receive a quick response as to whether or not they’ll receive funding.
The goal of the Make it Happen! program is to engage the community and create success stories. Grants are being provided to 501(c)3 non-profits, religious institutions (for non-religious purposes) or local government entities in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties. The selected projects and programs have the potential to inspire and motivate the community and benefit people and organizations within the Foundation’s service area. Benefits will be concrete and tangible.
About the PATH Foundation
With a legacy of community philanthropy stretching back to 1954, Piedmont Action to Health (PATH) Foundation was created in 2013, as the Fauquier Health Foundation, through a joint venture between Fauquier Health and LifePoint Hospitals. The resulting foundation manages the assets of this multigenerational gift to promote healthy communities today and in stewardship for our children’s grandchildren. In addition, the PATH Foundation assists area nonprofits with a portfolio of programs and support through its PATH Foundation Resource Center.
For more information, www.pathforyou.org.