Riverton City Receives URPA Outstanding Program & Outstanding Facility Awards
LeeAnn Powell, URPA Executive Director, was on hand to present each award in recognition of the Riverton City Park renovation and the 150th Birthday Celebration conducted throughout the year 2015. “Both awards recognize the fact that your Parks and Recreation programs serve as the heart and soul of the community,” remarked Powell. “I can’t imagine the amount of time and effort that went into the 150th program. It’s absolutely amazing, the things that you were able to accomplish in a year. And to take that on and honor the tradition of the community and celebrate the community the way you did, is the reason you received this award.”
Awarded as “Outstanding Program”, Riverton City’s 150th Celebration was designed to serve every age group and a variety of interests from the entire population. More than 150 students from every public elementary school in Riverton helped kick off the activities, progressively passing along the “Birthday Torch” in a running relay around town to light candles on the official birthday cake. In total, 160 events and activities continued to take place throughout the year, culminating with a Closing Ceremonies on December 28 and a final display of fireworks. Community partnerships were a key part of the City’s yearlong success. Local businesses, service providers and community organizations were brought together and utilized for sponsorships, support, and resources.
The beautifully crafted Riverton City Park was recognized as the URPA “Outstanding Facility” for its carefully crafted redesign and for meeting the broad and growing needs of individuals and families throughout the entire community. It incorporates cost-saving features such as automated LED lights and a programmable splash pad to maximize fun and more efficiently use water. Additional recreation features that contribute to the enjoyment for all City residents include: five acres of open lawn, two additional playgrounds and workout stations, lighted pickleball, tennis and volleyball courts, basketball courts, additional restrooms, outdoor pavilions, and the upscale indoor pavilion—the Old Dome Meeting Hall.
“It was an honor to receive these awards. Each one was voted on by professional peers in the parks and recreation field so they are a sincere compliment to the Riverton City Park and to our 150th Celebration,” expressed Parks and Public Services Director Sheril Garn. “The quality of our parks and programming is a testament to our dedicated staff. They take pride in their work, love what they do, and it shows. I am fortunate to work with such talented, dedicated, caring individuals.”
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