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Posted on: October 16, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Affairs brings home four state awards

Ricketts Ball Field Crew

FARMINGTON, NM – Individuals and groups from the City of Farmington’s Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Affairs department were recognized yesterday during the Farmington City Council meeting for bringing home four state awards from the New Mexico Recreation & Parks Association annual conference in September.

George Golombowski, who now sits on the PRCA Commission, was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for his volunteer service to the city starting in 1999. Over the last twenty years he has provided over 2,500 volunteer hours for the city and acted as a “friendly set of eyes and ears in the park system” while enjoying our city amenities.

The Ricketts’ Ball Field crew under park operations brought home the 2019 Parks and Grounds Maintenance Award for maintaining not only the renowned Rickett’s Park but over five miles of river trails, over 10 miles of medians, 24 athletic fields, 44 city parks, over 34 playgrounds, 21 tennis courts, two dog parks, two skate parks and the 355 acres at the Lake Farmington recreational area. Rickett’s Park is one of the few remaining natural turf playing fields.

Melissa Cheffers and Paul Stewart III accepted the 2019 Youth Program of the Year award for their work running the Heather McGuaghey Children’s Theater summer program that introduces youth 8 to 12 years old to the theatre and the performing arts. While learning the fundamentals of theatre and performance, these young actors are taught important life skills such as teamwork, punctuality, self-reliance, self-confidence, and courage.

And Bart Wilsely and Danielle Greyeyes with the Farmington Museum system accepted the 2019 Adult Program of the Year award for the Farmington Museum Trips and Hikes series. Farmington Museum’s series of History Hikes, Museum EdVentures, and Bisti Badlands tours have been wildly successful and have changed people’s lives for the better. Not only have they gotten people outdoors but they have created a sense of community. The hikes have garnered many repeat customers who have bonded together and now do outdoor physical adventures on their own as well as in the group. There is one couple who have now lost a combined 100 pounds as a result of this activity.

PRCA Assistant Director Natalie Spruell sits as the president of the NMRPA board. The awards were vetted and awarded by a NMRPA subcommittee that did not include Mrs. Spruell.

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 About New Mexico Recreation & Parks Association 

NMRPA is a dedicated, professional organization affiliated with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). NMRPA has a diverse membership with representation from city, county, and federal government agencies, as well as retired professionals throughout New Mexico.

Ricketts Ball Field CrewBart Wisley and Danielle Greyeyes


Melissa Cheffers and Paul Stewart IIIGeorge Golombowski

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