ARD honors Patrick Remington as Friend of Recreation

He'll receive award at State of Community Dinner
By: Gloria Young, Journal Staff Writer
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He?s become a go-to person when construction projects need a guiding hand at the Auburn Recreation District. And for his dedication and volunteerism, Auburn resident Patrick Remington is this year?s Friend of Recreation award winner. ?It is given to the person who has made a significant contribution to parks, recreation and active leisure in the Auburn area,? ARD Administrator Kahl Muscott said. The award will be presented at the State of the Community Dinner on May 11. Remington?s association with the recreation district began in 2006 when he pitched in on a Project Auburn work day. ?He took the lead role in getting the picnic units built at Recreation Park,? Muscott said. ?Each unit is 20 feet by 40 feet and there are two of them. Lots of people helped but he took the bull by the horns and got it done.? Then in 2008 Remington, who is president of the Placer County Contractors Association, volunteered to bring together a group of people to rebuild the score booth at Beggs Field. ?They tore down (the old one) and rebuilt it including rebuilding the steps. The old ones were closer to a ladder,? Muscott said. ?He was out there nights and weekends with his family helping to get that project finished.? During last year?s remodel of the Placer Hills pool in Meadow Vista, ARD turned to Remington when the project?s head general contractor had a family emergency and was unable to remain on the job. ?He did what was needed to get (the project) to the point that community volunteers could come in and finish the tile work, paint and put in the fixtures,? Muscott said. Chairman of the ARD board Scott Holbrook nominated Remington. ?Patrick is an incredible individual and he?s just done so much for the Auburn Recreation District,? Holbrook said. ?? He?s taken the lead with PCCA and, with Project Auburn, just came in and literally did tens and tens of thousands of dollars on our Recreation Park picnic areas. He stood up (to rebuild) our score booth at Beggs Field, home of Auburn Little League. He?s brought crews, he?s brought himself, he?s brought energy. In Meadow Vista, ... he just came out and said, ?How can I help?? It?s not why or if. ? The community has just been blessed by all he?s brought to it. Thank you Patrick, it really means a lot. I?ve been on the board longer than anyone else there and he just truly rises above and I was proud to nominate him.? For Remington, it?s all about being there for a good cause. ?I like helping out,? he said. ?Whatever Kahl does, if I can help out, I don?t have a problem at all.? Remington was born and raised in Auburn and attended local schools. He got into the construction business not long after he graduated from high school. He?s had his own company, Remington Construction, for 20 years and handles residential remodels, additions and new constructions. At the helm of the Contractors Association, he?s carrying on a longtime tradition of giving back to the community. ?PCCA is always a leader in one part or another in the structural end of things and labor,? Remington said. Taking on the Beggs Field work was a project particularly close to his heart. ?My boys were both in Little League and we knew there was a need for repairs (to the score booth),? he said. ?We knew it was structurally deficient. We worked out a deal with the PCCA and ARD to come up with work parties that also involved some Little League parents to get it rebuilt.? Remington?s community efforts include assisting the Boys & Girls Club. And he has guided PCCA?s partnership with the Sierra College construction technology vocational program in the student home-building projects. ?I utilized some of those resources when I was just out of high school and getting into the business,? he said about the Sierra College program. ?I want the program to stay around. There?s a need for people to get involved and keep those activities going. Otherwise because of lack of funding, they are going to disappear and not going to come back.? At ARD, Muscott is happy to be able give recognition to Remington?s efforts. ?He?s a wonderful person to work with and the hardest-working guy I?ve every seen,? he said. ?? We?re very lucky to have him in the community.? Reach Gloria Young at ----------- State of the Community Dinner State of the Community Dinner When: Friday, May 11 ? cocktail hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Where: The Ridge Golf Course and Event Center, Auburn Tickets: $50 per person For tickets and sponsorship information: (530) 885-5616