Saturday, November 18, 2017


“Youth Bureau Receives Special Event Award”
Skate with Santa

Big Flats – The Chemung County Youth Bureau has received a Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society (GVRPS) Special Event Award for their 2015 inaugural Skate with Santa event.  The award will be presented at the GVRPS Annual Conference on November 18, 2016 which will be held in Rochester, NY.

On November 27, 2015, the Chemung County Youth Bureau partnered with First Arena to develop the FREE family-friendly Skate with Santa event, which occurred immediately after Community Bank’s Elmira Downtown Holiday Parade.  In further collaboration, the three agencies coordinated their media efforts with Elmira Downtown Development’s Tree Lighting Ceremony to present a cohesive holiday experience for the residents of Downtown Elmira and surrounding counties.  Skate with Santa was a tremendously successful event drawing in hundreds of families to the First Arena.  Participants were provided the use of skates, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, and a holiday activity bag that included an Elmira Jackals hockey ticket, all free of charge.  Overall, the event provided a wonderful enchantment to the existing Downtown Elmira Parade tradition that would not have been possible without the collaboration of all four organizations.

Due to last year’s success, on Friday, November 25th, 2016 from 11:00am to 1:00pm Skate with Santa will expand to be even bigger and better.  Skating has moved from the recreational rink to the main ice rink, free pictures with Santa, free face painting for all youth, along with a free holiday craft, and hot chocolate courtesy of the Chemung County Youth Bureau.  Holiday characters and a winter selfie station will round out this FREE event kicking off the Holiday Season with a festive feel.

ABOUT GVRPS: GVRPS, an affiliate of New York Recreation and Parks Society, is a professional organization for park and recreation professionals in the Genesee Valley region of New York State representing Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties.  GVRPS is a regional representative to the New York State Recreation and Park Society which was founded in 1940 and incorporated in 1960. NYSRPS is the principal organization promoting quality recreation and park opportunities for all citizens of NYS through education, training, technical assistance and other support to local, county, state and federal recreation and park providers.

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