The Plano Parks and Recreation Department took home three awards this month at the Texas Recreation and Parks Society’s regional awards conference in Frisco.
The society’s awards recognize and honor individuals and organizations that have rendered significant services to the Society and have made outstanding contributions to the field of parks and recreation. “The awards are an incredible honor, as they reflect the department’s overall commitment to excellence through staff efforts as well as facility design,” Plano Parks and Recreation Director Robin Reeves said.
Learn more about the award recipients below:
Facility Design Excellence Award: To recognize a recreation facility project which displays a high degree of professional design quality and recreation usage and to encourage and expand the cooperation between design professionals and parks and recreation professionals.Thanks to voter approval in a Plano bond election, Plano Parks and Recreation was able to embark on a massive overhaul of its senior recreation center and turn it into a modern-day facility featuring everything older adults in Collin County need to maintain a high quality of life and a healthy lifestyle. Since its reopening in February 2019, the Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+ (SJC) has become a haven for older adults seeking socialization, recreation and educational opportunities. The Center offers a variety of classes and activities for the 50+ population, including health and wellness activities, fitness classes and personal development courses, as well as fine arts classes, games, dancing, day trips and more. The city worked with architectural firm SmithGroup of Dallas on the design. Byrne Construction Services served as the construction manager for the project.
Horizons Award: To recognize an outstanding professional with less than five years of experience in either parks or recreation and their contributions to the department/industryPR/Community Outreach Specialist Kelley Crimmins began her career with the City of Plano in January 2017 after spending more than a decade as a print journalist. Her outgoing personality, love of people, positive attitude, and passion for her work has raised the level of awareness and engagement with Parks and Recreation in the community through social media and other outreach efforts. She is well-respected among staff, who often rely on her for generating awareness of their initiatives and programs.
Part-Time Employee of the Year: To recognize an exceptional part-time or seasonal employee in either parks or recreationJanet Leavitt has worked for the City of Plano since Aug. 11, 2003 and has more than 16 years of experience working directly with the citizens of Plano. She has been a part of the Liberty Recreation Center team for more than a decade. Her customer service as well as her attention to detail makes her an outstanding team player. When she is not at Liberty Recreation Center, Janet leads a small group with her church, assists with a sober living facility and consistently helps feed the homeless. She is an amazing team player and co-worker who has also received Plano Parks and Recreation’s Above and Beyond Award and was nominated for its Best Customer Service Award by three different people this year.