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November 23, 2012

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District Award

BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District has received a 2012 Annual Awards of Excellence award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA).

The park district won a third place award in the marketing for the print category for the 2012 Photo Contest Calendar project.

The 2012 Photo Contest Calendar project was created in 2011 for residents of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District to take on a special pride in their community. This was the first year of this now annual campaign that was designed to encourage residents to get outdoors in all of the parks that make up the Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Township area.

The project provided a recreational opportunity for participants to grab a camera, photograph their unique community, capture and showcase what they value, as well as highlight what makes their small town so special. Participants entered their photos with the goal of being in the top 12 photos that were featured throughout the year in a complimentary community calendar. More than 80 photos were submitted with approximately 2,000 votes by the park district’s Facebook fans and in-person at the Community Center last fall.

The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District recently completed this year’s Photo Calendar Contest. More than 50 photo entries participated in the contest with more than 2,000 votes again on Facebook and in-person. The 2013 calendars will be available mid-November.

Call 848-3535 or for more information.

The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence will be presented at a banquet hosted by the association on Feb. 26 at Battelle Hall North at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. One first place award winner will be presented with the 2012 Governor’s Award for Parks and Recreation, a “best-in-show” award which includes a $500 contribution to the parks and recreation foundation of the agency winner.

The awards are judged in a two-tiered process, which includes a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio, as well as, the association’s Board of Directors.

Incorporated in 1963, the OPRA is a non-profit, public interest organization representing more than 1,300 professionals and citizen board members striving to provide quality parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving Ohio’s natural resources, positively impacting local economies and health and wellness of its citizens. Ohio has become known as a trendsetter in the nation with parks and recreation often singled out for national test markets and pilot programs.