Magazine article Parks & Recreation

National Award Winner Passes Away

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

National Award Winner Passes Away

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Charles "Chuck" H. Odegaard died in July after complications from a stroke. He was just last year named NRPA's Distinguished Professional Award winner, and was director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission when they were named a Gold Medal award winner.

He leaves a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. He most recently served 18 years with the National Park Service, ending in 1997 when he retired. His leadership shaped the Pacific Northwest and Midwest Regions to what they are today.

Odegaard was recognized across the country as an expert in park and recreation issues, and provided leadership and insight to those who knew him. In addition to being a strong advocate for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, he also pushed partnerships that would benefit not just parks and recreation, but the community at large. He lectured extensively on partnering and management issues, even internationally, and co-authored a regarded resource, A Comprehensive Introduction to Park Management, still referred to today in many colleges. …

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