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Frederick County Parks and Rec Receives National Award

Frederick County Parks and Rec Receives National Award

The Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation was selected to receive the Excellence in Innovative Programming Award by the National Recreation and Park Association.

The Docs in the Park Program and the Sensory Trail at Catoctin Creek Park were the specific programs recognized. The award was presented Sept. 17 during a special reception at the NRPA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The Division Director, Paul Dial, accepted the award on behalf of the Division of Parks and Recreation and the many volunteers who helped make these two programs a reality.

“I’m thrilled that Frederick County has been recognized nationally for our staff’s creativity,” County Executive Jan Gardner said. “The community collaboration involved makes these award-winning projects especially meaningful.”

Each year, NRPA National Awards are presented to 10 individuals and agencies across the country to honor their efforts — both professional and personal — in the field of parks and recreation. Recipients are selected from a pool of applicants by NRPA’s National Awards and Scholarship Committee, and are chosen for excellence in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach.

The award recognizes and honors an agency that demonstrates leadership through advanced, groundbreaking ideas in programming. The award highlights the efforts and impact an agency has made in promoting or increasing the awareness of the benefits of parks and recreation in their community. This award…
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