Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) has announced its 2018 Annual Awards of Excellence winners and a number of local agencies have been recognized.
Locally, the City of Whitehall won a total of five statewide awards, more than any other agency in Ohio:
1st Place: Programs – Sports; 3-on-3 Streetball Tournament
2nd Place: Capital Improvement Projects - $1.0 Million to $2.5 Million; Whitehall Community Park Revitalization
2nd Place: Programs – Special Event; #WhitehallWeekend
2nd Place: Law Enforcement; Safe Parks
3rd Place: Management Innovation; Park Endowment Fund
“The investment the city has made in its parks and programs in 2018 has been staggering and it embodies the progress we are seeing in the entire city,” said Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Sorrell. “The transformation of our parks has been incredible and the citizen response has been overwhelmingly positive.”
The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence will be presented at a banquet hosted by the association on February 5, 2019, at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio. One first place award winner will be presented with the 2018 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 agency winner.
“Parks and recreation professionals throughout Ohio work every day to improve the quality of life of the people they serve,” said OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward. “This effort is a shining example of that kind of work, and we are pleased to be able to present this award.”
The awards are judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio.
Incorporated in 1963, OPRA is a non-profit, public interest organization representing over 1400 professionals and citizen board members striving to provide quality parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving Ohio's natural resources, positively impacting local economies and health and wellness of its citizens.