Seattle Parks and Recreation received three awards at the Washington Recreation & Park Association (WRPA) annual conference recently.
The Warren G. Magnuson Park Wetlands and Athletic Fields project received the award for Best Park Design. The Seattle Conservation Corps Park Upgrade Program won the Youth & Adult Programs Award. Aquatics Manager Kathy Whitman received the Professional Citation of Merit Award.
Park and recreation professionals, facilities and special programs throughout Washington State were recognized during the awards ceremony at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center on April 15, 2010.
Magnuson Wetlands and Athletic Fields
The Wetlands and Athletic Fields project, built on the former U.S. Navy air station, constructed five new sports fields and a sports meadow with more 35 acres of wetland and habitat areas ingeniously interwoven into the design.
It includes baseball and softball fields, as well as North America’s only synthetic surface rugby field and space for Ultimate Frisbee. The wetlands foster an array of wildlife, including migrating and native birds, amphibians and small mammals and reptiles.
The fields and the wetlands lace together offering both nature and sports enthusiasts a unique experience. This creative invention of active and passive uses was designed by The Berger Partnership of Seattle.
Seattle Conservation Corps (SCC)
The SCC is a unique Parks and Recreation program that provides homeless adults the opportunity to train and work in a structured program that provides them with job skills. It trains formerly troubled people for viable, living-wage jobs, provides them with the skills to succeed in a variety of environments and helps place find employment after they successfully complete the program.
Program participants are contracted to do work for City departments in jobs such as watershed improvement, urban forest restoration, park upgrades, recycling and many others.
Rather than relying primarily on public funding, the Corps covers 75 percent of its costs by doing work for City departments and others, and seeking grant funding for support services, training, and educational opportunities.
Aquatics Manager Kathy Whitman
Kathy Whitman, Aquatic Manager for Seattle Parks and Recreation, received the Professional Citation of Merit Award, which honors leadership in the field of parks and recreation and overall contribution to WRPA.
Kathy has been with Seattle Parks for 35 years and currently manages eight indoor, year-round pools, two summer only outdoor pools, nine summer beaches, 25 wading pools, two small craft centers and seven boat ramps.
Examples of her creative hard work and dedication include her leadership in the development of Seattle’s Learn-to-Swim voucher program, being a leader in creating opportunities for minority youth as lifeguards, helping to secure funding for a multimillion dollar upgrade to the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing facility, creating a new program called School of FISH that provides learning for school age children who are afraid of the water.
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