Each year the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association (SDPRA) recognizes organizations and individuals for their work and dedication to communities through parks and recreation. SDPRA presents awards for Distinguished Professional, Young Professional, Hall of Fame Award, Years of Service Awards, Project Citation Awards, Organization Commitment Citation Award, Individual Citation Award and SDPRA Presidential Appreciation Award. Awards are selected by past and present SDPRA Board members composed of parks and recreation professionals. The awards encourage dedication and support to the field of parks and recreation.
Randy Kittle of South Dakota Game Fish and Parks received the 2013 SDPRA Distinguished Professional Award. He’s served as SDPRA Vice President and President as parks advocacy and public relations during his term, he has committed over 25 years to SD Parks and Recreation and currently is Grant Administrator for all of the Land and Water Conservation Funds across the state. Randy also received a teamwork award for the flood repair in SD State Parks.
David Kruger, Chief Park Planner (Retired), SD Div. of Parks and Recreation, received the 2013 SDPRA Hall of Fame Award. Dave was the charter member of the SDPRA and was SDPRA President in 1982. He worked for SD State Parks Division from 196-1998. Dave’s contributions to the parks systems throughout the state are numerous. He was committed to the master planning of the parks and recreation opportunities for our citizens and visitors. He oversaw the design and species selection for tree planting in the parks system for more than 3 decades.
Doug Hofer, Director, SD Division of Parks and Recreation received his 41 Years of Service Award for his work in the field of Parks and Recreation. His duties include oversight of the budget, resources and activities of the South Dakota Parks system. His commitment and contributions for the efforts in our state are many.
Penn Williams, City of Pierre Parks and Recreation received his 31 Years of Service Award for his work in the parks department.
Ryan Baedke, Recreation Supervisor from the City of Vermillion received the 2013 SDPRA Young Professional Award for his active representation in the SDPRA activities committee. He has hosted local and state Hershey Track and Field games and developed local grant opportunities for recreation in Vermillion. His local efforts for parks and recreation include development of the Jr. Football program in Vermillion, fundraising efforts for the development and building of the Vermillion Skate Park/Ice Rink and being the driving force behind the creation of the Dakota Dome Spring baseball clinic.
Larry Weiss from Pierre received the 2013 SDPRA Individual Citation Award for his dedication and fundraising efforts for the replanting of trees in the Pierre area after the flood. Larry raised $20,000 in private donations and worked with other organizations to raise another $50,000 in grant funds. The City of Pierre parks and riverfront public lands would not be what they are today without the leadership and volunteerism effort Larry has put forth.
Pierre Sharp Shooter DGC assisted in the renovation and improvement of the Power House Alley disc golf course at Oahu Downstream. Brock Antijundti proposed this volunteer effort with the organization and their volunteers to fix the baskets, revise signage, and excavate debris from the flooding and poured and formed 36 concrete tee pads. These significant efforts have revitalized the course for recreation again.
Local Pierre Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited received the 2013 SDPRA Organization Citation Award for the their work on legislation, financial donations and volunteering for the community, county and state for clean-up efforts. This group helps organize the annual Missouri River/Lake Sharp clean up each year. The past year over 4,000 pounds of trash and debris was picked up along the waters around the Pierre area.
Congratulations to our 2013 award winners and years of service individuals. Thank you for your commitment to parks and recreation in the State of South Dakota.
Midwest Conference Award Update
The Midwest Regional Conference will be held in Gillette, WY, May 4-6, 2014. Please take a few minutes to look over the awards and guidelines that are attached. The deadline for nominations will be April 11, 2014.
· Midwest Distinguished Professional Service Award
· Midwest Professional Service Award
· Midwest Parks and Recreation Young Professional Award
SDPRA Award Update
The awards page on the SDPRA website now has PDF form fillable documents making the process of nominations much easier. We are looking forward to receiving outstanding nominations from across our state. Send your nominations in early!