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Rec Department Wins First Place

Recreation Department Wins First Place
Posted on 11/06/2018

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.