City claims Parks and Rec awards

TUPELO – The city Parks and Recreation Department has nabbed four out of five state awards for its slate of public programs and events.
The Mississippi Recreation and Park Association awarded Tupelo the following honors:
n Recreational Programming Award of Merit for its Infant Swim Rescue program, which helps prevent accidental drowning by teaching small children survival skills.
n Arts and Humanities Award of Merit for its Molding Lives/Creative Hands program, which allowed participants to create art and display their work at an art show.
n Hayward “Bo” Phillips Facility Design Award of Merit for its $4.8 million baseball complex, which opened last year with nine fields in Ballard Park.
n Special Event Award of Merit for its Old Haunted Trace project, which turned the city’s new jogging trail into a haunted experience for Halloween.
Tupelo competed in the Class 3 categories, pitting it against cities whose populations surpass 35,000 people, such as Jackson and Biloxi. An independent committee of MRPA members judged the submissions.
“I’m excited,” said Don Lewis, department director. “It’s the most we’ve ever won, and it shows the hard work the staff does to bring quality programs to Tupelo.”
The winners were honored Sept. 23 at the association’s annual convention and trade show in Jackson.

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