Columbus’ Parks and Recreation Department has been named “Agency of the Year” by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association at the organization’s annual meeting earlier this month at the Trade Center.
The award is the top honor given out each year by the GRPA. Columbus beat out cities such as Augusta, savannah and Atlanta.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the dedicated staff at Columbus Parks and Recreation,” said Parks and Rec Director James Worsley. “We have built a professional team of individuals who are committed to quality programming and stellar customer service.”
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who announced the award at a Columbus Council meeting this week, said the city should take pride in the accomplishment.
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“We could not be more proud of our Parks and Rec Department,” Tomlinson said. “They continue to serve this community and impress their peers. We are fortunate to have such a devoted team.”
Other 2013 GRPA State awards received by the local department include:
Holli Browder, Programmer’s Section Distinguished Professional of the Year
Empty Bowl Program, the Dorothy Mullins Arts & Humanities Award – Cultural Affairs Section
Nancy Hall, Cultural Affairs Volunteer of the Year
Connie Sieig, Therapeutic Section Volunteer of the Year