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Aaron Reidmiller, CPRP, PH: (804) 541-2353 Friday, September 13, 2019
Director, Hopewell Recreation and Parks
Release Number: 9/13/19- DIPA-001
Hopewell Recreation and Parks Recognized for Excellence in 2018
Hopewell, VA. Over 500 delegates from around the state gathered last week at the 64th Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society held in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The conference provides an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to discuss areas of common interest and to engage in professional development opportunities.
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 in any of several areas during the previous year. 115 applications were received vying for awards in 14 different categories. Judged by a jury of its peers, the society presented Hopewell Recreation and Parks with awards in the following categories:
- • Best New Special Event (population 25,000 and under) – Hopewell Veterans Day Parade
- • Best New Facility (Parks, Playground, Greenways and Trails-population 25,000 and under) – Arlington Park
- • Best New Environmental Sustainability (population 25,000 and under) – Riverside Park Stormwater Greenway
In addition to the department awards for facilities and programs, staff member Tabitha Martinez, Special Events Supervisor, received the Outstanding New Professional Award, one of the Society’s highest honors. Tabitha achieved her Certified Parks and Recreation Professional status during the award period and has also been elected to serve as the Chair-elect of the Central Service Area of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.
Ms. Martinez coordinates a variety of large events and programs for the department like Rockin’ on the River, Hopewell Haunts, Light Up the Night, Wonder City Ice Skating, and all of the department’s summer camp programs. She has secured over $50,000 in grant funding for the department to support summer camp programs in the past two years.
“This is truly an exciting time for Hopewell Recreation and Parks and the City of Hopewell,” said Aaron Reidmiller, Director of Hopewell Recreation and Parks. “Our staff works incredibly hard to put forward the best programs, the best facilities, and the best performance possible at all times. Being recognized at the state level validates the effort that goes into each and every thing that we do. I am incredibly proud of my team for their accomplishments but there is certainly more to be done to continue to improve our city,” Reidmiller added.
Hopewell Recreation and Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities designed to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the community. The department offers hundreds of programs and activities each year in addition to managing over 200 acres of parks, playgrounds, and athletic facilities. The department oversees the operation of the Hopewell Community Center, a 38,000 square-foot recreation center, and manages specialty sites like Heritage Gardens, the Hopewell City Marina, and the Wonder City Ice Skating Rink.
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 www.vrps.com.
Last modified: September 13, 2019