Nine organizations and three individuals were cited as "Friends of the Parks" for their contributions to the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.
Fred DeVictor, parks and recreation director, and Mayor Bob Schumm handed out the awards Tuesday during a ceremony at the Lawrence City Commission meeting.
"I feel fortunate we've got people in the community who are willing to help us," DeVictor said.
Among the honorees were three Eagle Scouts who participated in projects at three of the city's parks. Justin Frederickson built fire rings at Mary's Lake in southeast Lawrence; Matt Karpowitz cleared trail and built bridges in Riverfront Park; and Paul Crosier cleared a creek and built a footbridge in Naismith Valley Park.
In addition to those individual awards, the city also honored Brownie Troop 602 for its cleanup of "Dad" Perry Park; Kansas University's Navy ROTC for planting trees in Riverfront Park; and Phi Delta Theta fraternity for its cleanup of Clinton Parkway, Edgewood Park and the McGrew Nature Area.
Others honored were the Breakfast Optimist Club and the Luncheon Optimist Club for each donating $500 for shirts for youth sports programs; Lawrence Color Camera Club for its $25 donation to South Park Center; Quaker Oats and the Quaker Oats Foundation for their combined contribution of $750 for scholarships for swimming programs; and Hallmark Cards Inc. for its $3,000 contribution to the summer employment program.