By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The city’s Parks and Recreation Department swept a statewide awards competition this month, winning accolades for its projects and programs in 2012.
Tupelo won five awards in five categories offered by the Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association at its annual conference Sept. 16-19 in Jackson. They were:
• Special Event Award of Merit for the Family Camp Out at Veterans Park, an annual event drawing residents from across the region who pitch tents and participate in activities at the park.
• Hayward “Bo” Phillips Design Award of Merit for the Tupelo Bark Park, a newly opened dog park on Veterans Boulevard that capped years of planning by residents and park officials.
• Arts and Humanities Award of Merit for the Senior Step Afrika Dance Workshop, a performance by a Washington, D.C.-based dance troupe at Tupelo High School in conjunction with Black History Month.
• Recreational Programming Award of Merit for Aqua Zumba, a weekly class at Rob Leake City Pool incorporating fitness and fun for residents of all ages and skill levels.
• Special Events Sports Programming Award of Merit for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Weekend, a series of games between the nationally recognized team of wounded military veterans and Tupelo city workers that drew spectators from around the region.
“It’s a group effort,” said Tupelo Parks and Recreation Director Don Lewis upon announcing the wins Tuesday at Veterans Park. “It’s well deserved.”