Friends of the Parks

8 Nov

If you’re involved with the Chicago Park District, you know the Friends of the Park; they are like fairy godmothers, buzzing around the city’s parks, dropping off trees, volunteers,  and other resources. Each year they acknowledge volunteers who also work to improve Chicago’s parks. I’m honored to say that I was recognized with a stewardship award on behalf of Rainbow Beach Dunes. Congratulations to all the other winners!

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2011 Volunteer in the Parks Awardees Announced!

Nominations were submitted by Park Advisory Councils, Chicago Park District supervisors and managers, park patrons and Friends of the Parks staff for groups and individuals who embody the true spirit of volunteerism in the parks and preserves.

Friends of the Parks is pleased to announce the following awardess of the 2011 VIP Awards:

Community Group:

Trees R Beautiful

Individual Volunteer:

Nick Amato, Rosedale
Ismael Enriquez, Shedd, Miami, Limas Parks
Samantha Galicia, Curie Park

Outstanding Forest Preserve District Employee:

Cassie Hatzfeld

Outstanding Park District Employee:

Gene Morgan, Nat King Cole Park
Sherida Hudak, Frank J. Wilson Park
Langdon Leonard, Augusta Park

Park Advisory Council

Rutherford Sayre
Major Taylor Trail

Smoky Sakurada “Friends of Friends” Award:

Carl Thompson


Alison Anastasio, Rainbow Beach Dunes
Mike Roche, Montrose Point & Beach
Habitat 20/30, Forest Preserve District of Cook County

The 2011 Volunteer in the Parks Awards and Reception will take place on Sunday, November 13 at the Douglas Park Field House (1401 S. Sacramento) at 2:00pm.

Refreshments have generously been donated by Kim and Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels and Eli’s Cheesecake Company.

Congratulations to all the winners!


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