Hanby Park Recognized
Westerville’s Hanby Park was chosen as one of the top three projects for the 2018 Governor’s Award, presented by Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. Hanby Park was designed to integrate Uptown Westerville with the community’s expansive parks and trails system. New pedestrian and bike connections improve connectivity between the park and other facilities, like the steps-away Westerville Public Library and the Ohio-to-Erie Trail. The ‘Train Depot,’ the park’s shelter house, is a half-way pit-stop on the OET for local and visiting cyclists who set course through the community.
The Governor’s Award for Parks and Recreation recognizes one park and recreation program or project that has had the most significant impact on quality of life in the preceding year. The top three projects are selected from the 14 first place award winners. Hanby Park won first place in the Capital Improvement Projects Category (projects up to one million dollars) for the 2018 OPRA Awards of Excellence.
Officials from eight statewide organizations formed the voting panel for the 2018 award. They included: Ohio Association of Broadcasters, Ohio Association of Realtors, Ohio Automobile Dealers Association, Ohio Homebuilders Association, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Ohio Municipal League, Ohio Library Council and Ohio Township Association.
They judged the program and project winners based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated impact of the program or project on the community quality of life;
- The project or program is unique/innovative or presents a new way of doing something;
- The program or project addresses a felt need in the community and includes clear goals which are achieved; and,
- The program or project is utilized by the community and outcomes can be demonstrated.
The award winner will be announced and the award presented at the OPRA Annual Awards Dinner on February 5 at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky.
Additional awards won by Westerville Parks and Recreation for 2018 were second place for the Thomas James Knox Rink and third place for Outdoor Adventure and Skills Camp.