Green Veterans Park Receives 1st Place Award of Excellence
from Ohio Parks and Recreation Association
GREEN, OH - The City of Green is pleased to announce that the Green Veterans Memorial Park, 4224 Massillon Road, is honored to be a first place award winner of the 2011 Annual Awards of Excellence from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.
Throughout the state, more than 95 projects were nominated for various categories. The Green Veterans Park received first place in the category of park area development with a budget under $1 million. The second and third place winners in the same category were awarded to Lake Metroparks, Gully Brook Park and Lorain County Metroparks District, Vermilion Lorain Water Trail, respectively. In all, more than 20 agencies have been recognized with 1st, 2nd or 3rd place awards.
These award winners represent the best of the best in parks and recreation in Ohio," said OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward. "These programs and projects are changing the lives of people around the state and building better communities in Ohio."
The awards are judged in a two-tiered process, which includes a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio, as well as, the association's Board of Directors.
The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence will be presented at a banquet hosted by the association featuring keynote speaker, Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo on February 7, 2012 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky in conjunction with the 2012 OPRA Annual Conference and Trade Show. One first place award winner will be presented with the 2011 Governor's Award for Parks and Recreation, a "best-in-show" award which includes a $500 contribution to the parks and recreation foundation of the winner.
The Green Veterans Memorial Park, funded 100% by private donations from individuals and organizations, was built in 2010 and dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. Designed by POD Designs of Columbus, the park features four key areas - the Ribbon Walk, the Honor Terrace with eternal flame, the Stories of Service Grove with memorial pavers, and the Celebration Lawn.
"This park has meant so much for so many individuals and families, not only in Green, but throughout the area," said Mayor Dick Norton. "This award is for all those who helped make this park a reality. The park wouldn't be here today without the amazing support of individuals from our community."
The City of Green, Ohio, founded in 1992, is a prosperous, progressive and promising city with more than 25,000 residents. Approximately 33.5 square-miles, Green is located in southern Summit County. Visit www.cityofgreen.org.
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