“Hello Vancouver!” host to head up Parks and Rec Foundation

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Clark County hired a staple of Vancouver’s community as their new executive director this month. Temple Lentz will be spearheading future efforts by the Foundation to develop and improve Vancouver’s outdoor recreation spaces.

Lentz has been a familiar face in the community, working for several nonprofit organizations to raise awareness and build community partnerships in Clark County. Lentz is also known for her work with High Five Media and as the host of the talk show “Hello Vancouver!”

“Hello Vancouver!” started is free to attend and is filmed live at Kiggins Theatre once a month. The show focuses on community issues, features local bands and performers, surprise visits from elected officials and giveaways.

Given Lentz’s active community involvement, her new role as executive director is not a shocker to some Clark County residents.

“I’m not surprised. I don’t know her personally, but [Lentz] has an infectious passion for community involvement that gets me hype about living in this community, and makes me want to get involved,” Said Kelso transplant Meghan DeGallier. DeGallier works as a program specialist at Clark College and attended the latest “Hello Vancouver!” show at Kiggins Theater.

“Parks and recreation are an important part of the community, and [Lentz] is clearly passionate about this community,” DeGallier said.

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Clark County is a nonprofit organization and was established in 1999. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible. Funds go toward improving parks, trails and recreational programs and partnerships in Clark County.

The Foundation is the recipient of various awards, including The Leading Eagle Award, The V-Formation Flyer Award and the Tributary Award. Most recently the foundation was the recipient of the Florence B. Wagner ward, which honors leaders and volunteers in the community who have helped improve Clark County’s parks and recreation programs.

Lentz is no stranger to awards herself. Lentz is the 2009 Vancouver Business Journal’s Accomplished and Under 40 award recipient, and the Distinguished Woman award recipient at Washington State University’s 2014 Women of Distinction event.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Parks and Recreation Foundation, and those wanting to get involved can visit cityofvancouver.us/parksrec.

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