Washington TownshipMontgomery County, Ohio

Rec Department Wins First Place

Rec Department Wins First Place
Posted on 02/13/2019

The Rec West Enrichment Center Earns a Second State-Level Honor 

Our local community has garnered a second state-level award for the Rec West Enrichment Center -- this one from the Ohio City/County Management Association.

OCMA’s Annual Award for Innovation in Local Government recognizes creativity, excellence and cutting-edge organizational tools in the delivery of public services.

After learning in 2015 that the non-profit Hithergreen Senior Center was preparing to close its doors, the recreation department established a new home for senior adult programming in renovated space at Rec West on the township’s recreation campus.

Voters last year approved the first levy increase in the 30-year history of the recreation center, in part to support the successful transition of senior programming. The long-term result has been a sustainable senior center that encompasses physical, cultural and social enrichment.

“Our residents should take great pride at this level of recognition for one of our most impactful programs here at the recreation center,” said Mark Metzger, recreation facilities director. “To be recognized separately by two highly-respected state agencies means that our community has accomplished something very special for its seniors.”  

The Rec West Enrichment Center also previously was selected for a first place Award of Excellence in Management Innovation from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.

Washington Twp. Recreation Department Wins First Place Award for Senior Programming

The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association has selected the Washington Township Recreation Department for a first place Award of Excellence in Management Innovation.

The award recognizes the department’s success in establishing diversified and sustainable programming for senior adults in Centerville/Washington Township. The township initiative was among 14 projects and programs selected for first place awards from a field of about 150.

As the independent Hithergreen Senior Center prepared to close its doors in 2015, senior programming found a permanent home in newly-renovated space at the Rec West Enrichment Center on the campus of the WT Recreation Department.

The long-term result has been sustainable programming that encompasses physical, cultural and social enrichment -- and it couldn’t have happened without the support of Centerville/Washington Township residents.

‘Residents came together this past May to approve the first levy increase in the 30-year history of the Recreation Center,” said Mark Metzger, recreation facilities director. “The levy was placed on the ballot in large part to support the successful transition of senior services, so in a very real way, this award recognizes the community’s role in providing high-quality recreation services to its seniors.”

The awards are judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio. “These award winners represent the best of the best in parks and recreation in Ohio,” said OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward.  “These programs and projects are changing the lives of people around the state and building better communities in Ohio.” First place winners include townships, large and small cities and park districts.   

The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence will be presented at a February banquet hosted by the association.