Dunwoody Parks & Rec awarded District 6 Agency of Year

Dunwoody employees celebrating their award are (L-R) Recreation Program Leader Kate Borden, Recreation Program Leader Ian McLeod, Director Brent Walker, Recreation Program Supervisor Rachel Waldron, Park Operations Coordinator A.J. Beck-DeBlasi and Park Operations Manager Gabe Neps. (Courtesy of Dunwoody)
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Dunwoody employees celebrating their award are (L-R) Recreation Program Leader Kate Borden, Recreation Program Leader Ian McLeod, Director Brent Walker, Recreation Program Supervisor Rachel Waldron, Park Operations Coordinator A.J. Beck-DeBlasi and Park Operations Manager Gabe Neps. (Courtesy of Dunwoody)

The Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) recognized Dunwoody Parks and Recreation as District 6 Agency of the Year during its annual banquet in early October.

District 6 covers DeKalb County and 21 other counties in middle and north Georgia.

The award salutes excellence and leadership in providing quality recreation programs, parks and facilities that enhance the quality of life in communities, according to a city statement.

“I’m proud of our team for their creativity and commitment during such a challenging year with COVID,” said Dunwoody Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker.

“We have never lost sight of the important role our parks and programs play in the recovery,” Walker added.

Dunwoody’s parks team introduced new programs during the early days of the pandemic, including a community pen pal initiative called “Letters to Seniors” and a drive-thru Halloween event.

Outdoor programming over the summer included the first concert series at the new Brook Run Park Amphitheater.

Dunwoody Parks and Rec also opened the new Waterford Park, completed the demolition of the former Austin Elementary School to make way for future park space and supported the purchase of nine acres of additional park space on Vermack Road.

“This award is given by other parks professionals and shows the commitment the city has made to its parks system,” Walker said.

“We’re ready for the challenges ahead and excited about the opportunities,” Walker added.

GRPA was formed in 1945 as a private, nonprofit institution to support and promote the recreation and park industries within the state of Georgia.

Information: dunwoodyga.gov