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JCPRD's Randy Knight Recognized with KRPA Award
POSTED: 01/23/2003
Johnson County Park and Recreation District Community Relations Manager Randy Knight has been selected to receive the Distinguished New Professional Award from the Kansas Recreation and Park Association.

The award was announced during the District Board's Jan. 22 meeting and will be presented during a Jan. 28 awards luncheon as part of the KRPA's Annual Conference in Lawrence.

Knight has served as manager of the Community Relations Department since January 2002. Immediately prior to this, he served from mid-1998 through 2001 as the District's Special Projects Manager. In 1998, he was responsible for coordinating a campaign on a $6 million referendum to acquire land for the future Big Bull Creek Park in southern Johnson County.

In the nomination submitted by Director Michael Meadors and Administration Manager Jo Ann Courtney, it is pointed out that "his work coordinating the campaign, as the primary strategist for the campaign, and speaking at countless public and organizational meetings was instrumental in the 69 percent of voter approval for the issue."

Following the successful campaign, Knight was assigned to develop a comprehensive long-range acquisition, development, and maintenance plan for the District for open space, parks and recreational facilities. The result was the District's 20-year Master Action Plan, MAP 2020, which establishes minimum standards for park acreage, maintenance schedules for resources and equipment, facility and program needs, and marketing proposals. Development of the plan involved interviewing, selecting, and working with private consultants to survey citizens, analyze needs, evaluate and recommend standards, and projecting population and growth trends.

To accomplish this, Knight persevered and established a commitment for financial support for the plan from the County Commission, met with public officials in government and the private sector, planned and scheduled public information meetings; presented the plan to public and private bodies; and achieved editorial endorsement from local newspapers.

"In a relatively short time, Knight has enhanced the specialized dimension of marketing and communications within the parks and recreation profession," the nomination states. " Most importantly, Randy’s efforts have greatly and beneficially impacted the landscape of Johnson County for many years to come and probably forever. He is an outstanding professional with deep-rooted values and an interminable commitment to providing the best service to achieve the best results for the best reason – enhanced quality of life now and for the future."

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