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For Immediate Release:
Mar 5, 2012
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Madison Parks People for Parks Volunteer Recognition Event
In recognition of all of the support Madison Parks receives throughout the year from volunteers and partners, the Parks Division & the Madison Parks Foundation will be hosting a recognition dinner for invited guests tonight at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.
Madison Parks will be presenting awards to the Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods as the Corporate Sponsor of the Year, and to the Madison Police Department as the Partner of the Year. Additionally, Madison Parks will announce the winners of the Volunteer, Volunteer Group, Volunteer Project, and Employee of the Year awards.
New this year, Madison Parks and the Madison Parks Foundation will be presenting a new Spirit of Service award to an individual who has shown passion and dedication to the care, enhancement, or advocacy a park or the City of Madison Parks Division. Candidates exhibit extraordinary commitment to Madison Parks, positive attitudes and actions, and efforts to engage others to support Madison Parks. Through his/her service, this volunteer significantly contributes to the betterment of our parks and the community. Eligible volunteers will have volunteered for at least a year and over 20 hours of service each year. The candidates for this award were nominated by their fellow volunteers.
The Madison Parks People for Parks program encourages citizens to take an active role in the maintenance and enhancement of our community's parks all year round. Volunteers and donors are an integral part of the Madison Parks' success.
"Our volunteers and partners devote so much energy to our parks," says Kevin Briski, Madison Parks Superintendent. "Their work and support help make our parks a vibrant part of the Madison community."
Volunteers' efforts are visible throughout our community in projects such as Earth Day cleanups, tree planting and mulching, trail building and repair, planting and weeding gardens, prairie seed collecting and assistance at special events. Volunteer projects like these not only contribute to the natural restoration of these areas, but also educate us all on native habitats and sustainable practices.
Madison Parks values the partnerships we have with our parks Friends groups, community organizations, businesses, school groups and neighborhood associations, as well as the many volunteers and friends who quietly pick up trash while out for their morning walk, maintain flower gardens in the public spaces or attend public meetings to help formulate policies.
People for Parks also encourages financial support of our local parks. A Matching Grant program is available for neighborhoods and groups raising money for capital improvements. In cooperation with the Madison Parks Foundation, groups raise thousands of dollars every year to improve their playground equipment or to add trees, benches or even a shelter to their park. The possibilities are endless.