SUNBURY – The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) has announced its 2021 annual Excellence Award recipients. Preservation Parks of Delaware County received third place in the Natural Resources and Conservation category for the McCammon Creek Restoration Project and a third place in the Law Enforcement Programs and Events category for the MASH Pantry Food Drive.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for the wonderful work our staff do every day,” said Preservation Parks General Manager Tom Curtin. “These projects have had a positive environmental impact in Orange Township and a positive impact on the quality of life of Delaware County veterans.”
The McCammon Creek Restoration Project restores healthy riparian habitat for wildlife and nature, improves water quality, and provides educational opportunities to nearby schools and educational institutions, including three schools within ‘half a mile from the property.
In July, the Preservation Parks Division of Park Police partnered with MASH Pantry (Military and Service Heroes), a local non-profit organization that provides resources to meet the personal needs of veterans. Officers arranged a drop-off point during the Summer Concert Series at Gallant Woods Park.
“Ohio’s parks and recreation professionals work every day to improve the quality of life for the people they serve,” OPRA CEO Woody Woodward said. “This effort is a shining example of this kind of work, and we are delighted to be able to present this award. “
Awards are judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from across Ohio.
Established in 1963, OPRA is a nonprofit public benefit organization representing over 2,000 professionals and citizen board members striving to provide quality parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for all of Ohio, while protecting and preserving Ohio’s natural resources, positively impacting local economies and the health and well-being of its citizens.
An aerial view of McCammon Creek in Orange Township. Located east of Bale Kenyon Road and south of Interstate 71, McCammon Creek is a tributary of Alum Creek that runs through a park (McCammon Creek Park) belonging to Preservation Parks of Delaware County.
Submitted by Preservation Parks of Delaware County.