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Garland’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department Receives Regional Awards

The City’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department received two awards at the 2017 Texas Recreation and Park Society North Region Conference held in Denton, Texas, on Nov. 3.

PlayStreets took home the award for Lone Star Programming, which recognizes an innovative first time program. PlayStreets is a mobile recreation program that takes new and exciting games, as well as some classics, out to the residents of Garland, including neighborhood streets, apartment complex parking lots or park areas. Instructor demos, movie nights, friendly competitions, Kona Ice trucks, and some free goodies are just some of the things you will see at a PlayStreets event. Megan Hall, Jesse Johnson and Rashad Jackson-Stegall accepted the award for PlayStreets.

Heritage Youth Programming brought home the Arts and Humanities Programming Achievement Award, which honors the most innovative and effective arts and humanities programs. Garland’s Heritage Crossing’s newest employee, Henry the Heritage Hedgehog, has found a way to make history fun. The program is designed to provide social studies field trip opportunities to the Garland Independent School District. Heritage Youth Programming engages students in Garland’s history and cultural arts with a tour of downtown that includes the Landmark Museum, the Granville Arts Center, The Atrium and the historic Downtown Square. Kim Nurmi and Heather Lambert accepted the award for Heritage Youth Programming.

Congratulations to the entire Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department!


Pictured left to right: Erin Hart – TRAPS North Region Director; Jesse Johnson – City of Garland Recreation Services Supervisor; Rashad Jackson-Stegall – City of Garland Recreation Services Specialist; Megan Hall – City of Garland Recreation Services Specialist; Jermel Stevenson – City of Garland PRCAD Managing Director; Stacie Anaya – TRAPS President