BELFAST, Maine — Friends of Belfast Parks has been selected as national winner of the American Park and Recreation Society’s 2009 Citizen Initiative Award.
The organization won for its leadership in organizing the Aug. 1 Maine Citizens’ Summit on Parks, which brought recreation professionals, advisory board members, political figures and citizen advocates together to share experiences and learn ways to serve as effective advocates for their programs.
John L. Crompton, a world-renowned expert in parks advocacy and professor at Texas A&M, was the featured speaker.
The award is presented annually to recognize the nation’s most outstanding citizen-initiated achievement in networking between people and parks and recreation professionals. The award includes a $1,000 prize.
“We are extremely proud to have been recognized nationally for this effort, and especially that our event can serve as a model for other communities across the country,” said Friends member Debbie Hockensmith.
“All of the organizations who collaborated to make the summit a success can share in the sense of pride for this award. It exemplifies what the citizens of Belfast can achieve when we work together for a common goal.”
Friends of Belfast Parks was se0
lected from a field of national finalists from across the United States.
The Friends organization collaborated with the Maine Recreation and Park Association, Belfast parks and recreation commission, Senior College of Belfast, University of Maine Hutchinson Center and Waldo County Healthcare to create the one-day conference at the Hutchinson Center.