Green Veterans Memorial Park Wins Top OPRA Award

Green Veterans Memorial Park Wins Top OPRA Award
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Green Veterans Park Awarded Top Honor, the Governor's Award, 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, was awarded the top annual award, the Governor's Award, from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) this week. This is the second year for the OPRA's "best-of-show" award, which was selected from the top three projects by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. In addition, the Green Veterans Memorial Park received a first place 2011 Annual Awards of Excellence in the category of park area development with a budget under $1 million.

Throughout the state, more than 95 projects were nominated in various categories. In all, more than 20 agencies have been recognized with 1st, 2nd or 3rd place awards. The 2011 Governor's Award for Parks and Recreation also includes a $500 contribution to the parks and recreation foundation of the winner.

"It was such an honor to accept, not only our first place award, but also the Governor's Award from OPRA on behalf of the community of Green," said Mayor Dick Norton. "This park means so much to so many people in our community and being recognized in this way just confirms how special this park really is."

On behalf of the City of Green, Mayor Dick Norton, the family of Staff Sergeant Matthew Kuglics, who was killed in Iraq in 2007, and Green Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Elkins accepted the award at OPRA's annual conference held this week at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

"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 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.

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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Accepting the Award
Accepting the Award