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Metro Parks scores six statewide awards from Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association


Nashville continues to lead in the management and development of park systems in the state

Metro Parks won six statewide awards during the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association’s (TRPA) 66th annual conference held recently in Franklin, Tennessee. The department took    home several awards including the prestigious Four-Star Award.

Metro Parks’ disABILITIES Division won the Four-Star Award for Athletic Programming for their accomplishments in athletic/sports events for those with disabilities. The department has offered a supervised recreation program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 40 years. The program offers a variety of activities. In addition, Metro Parks partners with local agencies including the Sports 4 All Foundation, Special Olympics Nashville, and Best Buddies Vanderbilt to offer special activities throughout the year. TRPA’s Four Star Awards recognizes the best overall programs, facilities and marketing strategies by TRPA members.

Metro Parks’ Horticulturist Randall Lantz won the Wayne Hansard Award for his work in landscaping and maintenance. This award was developed by the Municipal/County Section of the TRPA to recognize personnel who have demonstrated excellence in the maintenance of parks, facilities, and/or grounds in a cost effective and efficient manner for safety.

The Dennis Rainier Award went to Dana Allen in our disABILITIES Division. This award was developed by the Athletics Branch of TRPA to recognize personnel who have demonstrated excellence in athletic planning and programming.

Belmont University won the prestigious Benefactor Award for their substantial contributions to E. S. Rose Park Community Center and Sports Complex, while both Adrie Rhodes and the Sports 4 All Foundation won the Volunteer Service Award. Ms. Rhodes won the honor for her dedication and volunteer service at Watkins Park Community Center and the Sports Foundation was honored for their work with the Metro Parks’ disABILITIES Division. The awards and certificates will be presented to the winners at a later date.

Metro Park employees also won offices in the statewide organization. Bob Benson (Special Services) was sworn-in for his second year as Secretary/Treasurer of the TRPA. Randy Crawley (Community Centers) and Chris Guerin (Outdoor Recreation) will both serve as co-chairs for the TRPA 2018 Membership Committee. Randy is immediate past chair for the Ethnic Minority Interest Section (EMIS) and played an important role in opening up lines of communication with all TRPA Board members on important social topics this year including confederate statues and monuments. Chris was last years’ chair of the Membership Committee and was recognized for increasing the overall TRPA Membership to an all-time record high this year through social outreach and by restructuring TRPA membership packages.

TRPA is a non-profit professional society of approximately 800 individual and agency members (professionals and citizens) organized in 1952 as The Leader in supporting highly effective professionals to achieve healthy, livable communities.  TRPA exists to strengthen and unite those committed to the benefits of parks and recreation.

Metro Parks offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, Metro Park oversees 15,114 acres of open space, including 184 parks and 85 miles of greenway. It is the department’s mission to sustainably and equitably provide everyone in Nashville with an inviting network of parks and greenways that offer health, wellness and quality of life through recreation, conservation and community.