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Round Rock's Parks and Recreation Department honored with two awards


From left to right: Reggie Davidson, Mary Hemenes, David Buzzell, Aileen Dryden, and Rick Atkins accept the TRAPS Gold Medal Class II Award for influencing the lives of citizens through long-range planning, acquisition of land for parks and more.

The City of Round Rock's Parks and Recreation Department received two awards from the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), the Gold Medal Award and the Park Development Innovations Award, at the 2013 TRAPS Institute & EXPO Annual Awards Dinner, March 7, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in Lubbock.

Gold Medal Award
The Gold Medal Award is a prestigious award that recognizes agencies, based on population classes, who have met high standards and the criteria required for this recognition.

The city of Round Rock won in the Class II category, for cities with a population of 100,001-250,000. Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department is considered one of the best agencies in the state of Texas.

The Gold Medal Award was given to Round Rock in recognition of the agency’s ability to meet the challenge of their diverse community through listening to their citizens and customers.

The Department's long-range planning is guided by “Game Plan 2020: Building an Active Community”, a plan that was adopted in June 2009 and was recently updated. The city has also incorporated a Trails Master Plan. The Department was recognized for influencing the lives of citizens through long-range planning, acquisition of land for parks, maintenance and more.

Park Development Innovations Award
The Park Development Innovations Award was awarded to the Department for the city’s Play for All Abilities Park.

The Park Development Innovations Award recognizes a park development process that is developed and completed by department staff. Completed with the aid of in-kind donations, awarded grants and sponsorships, the Play for All Abilities Park has surpassed all expectations and has provided Round Rock and surrounding communities with a barrier-free place to play.

The Department has delivered 51,000 sq.-ft. of outdoor fun for children of all abilities.

Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 educational and professional organization committed to advancing the field of parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas. There are approximately 2,000 professional and citizen-advocate members of the Texas Recreation and Park Society.

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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