|JCPRD Board Recognized with Regional NRPA Award|
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Board of Commissioners has been recognized as the Outstanding Board of Commissioners by the National Recreation and Park Association's Midwest Region.
The award was announced during the local Board's March 26 meeting and will be presented when the Midwest Region conducts its annual Regional Leadership and Training Institute April 11-14 in Pueblo, Colo.
The Board was nominated by JCPRD Director Michael Meadors primarily for its work in formulating, getting approval of, and beginning implementation of the District 20-year Master Action Plan, MAP 2020.
"The District Board deserves recognition for the time, dedication and conservation ethic rendered to the profession in the midst of changes in the Board's makeup, the state of the local and national economy and availability of funds, and through citizen demands for more from government while cutting available resources," Meadors wrote.
MAP 2020 represents a collective and comprehensive vision for the county's park and open space development and acquisition for on-going and future recreational needs. MAP 2020 was adopted in early 2001 after being completed in late 2000. 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.
A total of nine people served on the seven-member Board during preparation and approval of MAP 2020. At the start of 2002, 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.
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 NRPA award follows the Board's receipt in late January of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association's Distinguished Board Award.
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