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JCPRD Board Recognized with KRPA Award
POSTED: 01/23/2003
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Board of Commissioners has been selected to receive special recognition in the form of a Distinguished Board Award from the Kansas Recreation and Park Association.

The award was announced during the 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.

In the words of the nomination submitted by Director Michael Meadors, the District's Board is being recognized for "the time, dedication, and conservation ethic rendered to the profession in the midst of changes in the Board's makeup, economy and availability of funds, and through citizen demands for more from government while cutting available resources."

"Most of all, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District Board deserves acclamation for the historic significance and achievement of MAP 2020," Meadors stated.

Specifically, the award recognizes the Board in total for its efforts between January 2001 and August 2002. During that time, a total of nine people served on the seven-member Board. At the start of 2001, the Board consisted of Craig T. Kenworthy, Dr. Mike Jurkovich, Marcia Rinehart, Mark G. Stingley, Vickie Truitt, Nancy Wallerstein, and Dr. Marvin E. Wollen. Jack M. Epps was appointed to the Board after Rinehart's term expired in January 2002, while Paul E. Alvarado Jr. was appointed in July 2002 after Kenworthy left the area to accept another position.

The 20-year Master Action Plan (MAP 2020) was adopted in early 2001 after being completed in late 2000. The plan addresses the county's park and open space development and acquisition for on-going and future recreational needs. Development and adoption of the plan involved many special Board meetings, planning meetings with consultants, draft reviews, approval processes, a series of public meetings, and setting of budget priorities.

Other major accomplishments during this time included dedicating Kill Creek Park and TimberRidge Adventure Center and completion of land acquisition for Big Bull Creek Park.

"The Johnson County Park and Recreation District 2001-2002 Board has been and continues to be exemplary. As a whole, the Board is a citizen/volunteer body in service to the community and active proponents of the parks and recreation movement," Meadors states in the nomination. " Individually, each serves the profession with energy and through involvement in the park and recreation profession at the local and national levels, and continues to contribute to its beneficial attributes. "

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