Park district programs receive statewide recognition

MIAMI COUNTY — Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) presented its 2016 Annual Awards of Excellence at the annual OPRA conference recently.

Locally, the Miami County Park District won two awards. In the Programs — Health & Wellness category the park district won a second place for the Trail Run Challenge and a second place in the Natural Resources & Conservation category for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Habitat Restoration Project.

In response to receiving the awards, park district Executive Director J. Scott Myers said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized by our peers in the Parks and Recreation field. We have always felt that the Miami County Park District is doing great things for our community and this confirms that.”

Myers also expressed gratitude for the 50 years of support from the community.

“The citizens’ support enables us to pursue our mission and develop programs that benefit the residents of Miami County.”

“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.