City of Hopewell Recreation & Parks Receives Award

November 14, 2018


Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Contact: Aaron Reidmiller
PH: (804) 541-2353


City of Hopewell Recreation & Parks Receives Award

Hopewell, VA.  Over 500 delegates from around the state gathered last week at the 63rd Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society held at the Hilton Richmond, Glen Allen, Virginia. The conference is a learning exchange and provides an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to discuss areas of common interest.

Highlighting each year’s conference is a formal presentation of awards. This state-wide program honors individuals, departments and organizations throughout Virginia who have demonstrated excellence during the previous year.  A record 114 applications were received vying for awards in 14 different categories. Submissions are reviewed and judged by a jury of peer professionals representing each region of the state.

The City of Hopewell Recreation and Parks Department was recognized for the following accomplishments:

*Best New Program (population under 25,000) for:

Wonder City Ice Skating

*Best New Renovation/Addition Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways and Trails (population under 25,000) for:

City Park Improvement Project

Hopewell Recreation and Parks was also recognized for its participation in the VRPS Promotes Play and Recreation Initiative, sponsored by GameTime and Playcore, which has provided much needed funding for eleven different projects across the state.  The Woodlawn Park Renovation Project was selected as one of the eleven projects and will serve as a National Demonstration Site for inclusive play spaces.

The Woodlawn Park Renovation Project includes a complete renovation of the playground to allow children of all abilities to experience the joys and benefits of play.  The renovation also includes the installation of a new picnic pavilion, paved walking trails, public art, outdoor fitness equipment, and more than fifty trees.  The project is slated to be completed by December 7, 2018.

The mission of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks, and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information on the Society contact the state office at 804/730-9447 or visit the website at

Hopewell Recreation and Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities designed to improve the overall health and well-being of the community.  Through dedicated services and resource management, the department provides a healthy, friendly, and safe environment for the citizens of Hopewell.

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