Magazine article Parks & Recreation

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Magazine article Parks & Recreation

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APPOINTMENTS

Stanley G. Motley, CPRP, who has headed the largest park system in Georgia since 1995, has been appointed Westchester County Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. Westchester County is New York's largest system with 16,000 acres, 1400 employees, and a $38 million budget. County executive Andy Spano says, "Stan Motley is the perfect person to head this department. Twice he has run parks departments similar to ours: the system in Atlanta's Fulton County and the parks and recreation department in Jack County (Kansas City), Missouri, also the largest parks system in that state. Throughout his professional life, he has demonstrated his commitment to the environment, open space and historic preservation, as well as his ability to oversee diverse park systems." Motley has his Master's degree in public administration from Webster University in St. Louis and his undergraduate degree in parks and recreation administration from Western Illinois University. He has been an NRPA member since 1980.

AWARDS

Jim Fyke, Director of the Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation Department, recently received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nashville Sports Council at their annual Dinner of Champions. This award is presented to one individual a year who has exhibited "superior lifetime achievements in the world of sports in the Nashville area." He has been employed with the department since 1964 and has served as its Director for the past 22 years.

Parkways Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Park District, recently presented the Park District Board of Commissioners with a check for $1,432,755 benefiting the creation of the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden at Garfield Park Conservatory. The funds allocated made possible Chicago's first multi-sensory, interactive garden design especially for children with state-of-the-art exhibits including "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" displays, 3D pollen viewers, musical instruments made of plant materials, and displays demonstrating photosynthesis. "Parkways Foundation has proved to be an integral part of the Chicago Park District," said General Superintendent David Doig. "Through philanthropy, Parkways has helped to raise new and additional funds from private sources beyond the general budget's scope and is instrumental in developing public-private partnerships to improve Chicago's parks. …

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