For the Troy Daily News
MIAMI COUNTY — The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) has announced its 2015 annual Awards of Excellence winners and a number of local agencies have been recognized.
Locally, the Miami County Park District won a first place award in the Capital Improvement Projects — Up to $1.0 Million category for the Archery Range at Garbry Big Woods Reserve.
According to Miami County Park District Executive Director J. Scott Myers, high demand and the lack of a public, outdoor archery facility in the county prompted the park district to build a range at Garbry Big Woods Reserve. The range consists of four shooting lanes and a 12-foot elevated platform and will serve as a location for residents to learn and practice archery skills.
“The new range will allow us to grow interest in the sport of archery and also provide an opportunity for sportsmen, youth and families to connect with our parks and the natural environment,” Myers said.
The OPRA annual Awards of Excellence will be presented at a banquet hosted by the association on Feb. 2 at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky. One first place award winner will be presented with the 2015 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.
“Parks and recreation professionals throughout Ohio work every day to improve the quality of life of the people they serve,” said OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward. “This effort is a shining example of that kind of work, and we are pleased to be able to present this award.”
The awards are judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio. Incorporated in 1963, OPRA is a non-profit, public interest organization representing over 1,400 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 residents.