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Posted on: November 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Indiana Park and Recreation Association Recognizes Schwartz, Prather, Patterson and Hamilton County

IPPA Banquet Attendees

Indiana Park and Recreation Association Recognizes Schwartz, Prather, Patterson and Hamilton County Parks!

What a night for Hamilton County!  Three of the county’s civic leaders and its parks department were honored at the Indiana Park and Recreation Association’s (IPRA) annual Awards of Excellence Banquet. The statewide association bestows awards on individuals and agencies that have contributed to the parks and recreation field in a manner worthy of recognition by the professional organization and its members.

At the banquet, held on Wednesday evening, November 16 in the historic Union Station, Downtown Indianapolis, Hamilton County Council Member and Parks Liaison, Steve Schwartz, was recognized as Elected Official of the Year.  Hamilton County Parks Board President, Terry Prather, was named Distinguished Citizen, and Al Patterson, past County Parks Director, received the prestigious Distinguished Life Member Award.  All three award recipients are well-known and respected for their deep love of the outdoors and particularly their passion for parks - a passion they have turned into practice that has benefited Hamilton County community members for decades.

On behalf of Hamilton County Parks and Recreation (HCPR), Parks Director Chris Stice accepted the coveted Clark Ketchum Conservation Award, an honor bestowed upon a parks department that has achieved a standard of excellence in conservation stewardship.  Upon receiving the award, Stice stated “This recognition,” the second such award earned by HCPR, “ is especially gratifying because it validates our parks department’s commitment to act as stewards of the land entrusted to us, as expressed in our mission statement.”

In a show of support for those being recognized, County Commissioner Steve Dillinger, County Director of Administration Dan Stevens, Parks Board member Dr. Judith Campbell and numerous family members and friends attended the ceremony.  All agreed it was a good night for Hamilton County.

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