Groups and individuals whose donations of labor or money helped enhance the city's recreational offerings over the past year were recognized Tuesday by the city as "Friends of the Parks."
Fred DeVictor, parks and recreation director, and Mayor Shirley Martin-Smith presented certificates of appreciation to the "Friends" at the beginning of Tuesday's Lawrence City Commission meeting.
DeVictor said that since the program was begun eight years ago, more than $111,000 in cash and 10,430 volunteer hours have been donated to the city's parks and recreation department.
"We thank these folks. We're indebted to these folks. . . . We certainly appreciate this continued support," he said.
Those recognized Tuesday were:
Eagle Scouts Phillip Merritt, for construction of a bridge in McGrew Nature Area, Fritz Keel and Jon Holmberg, for trail development in Riverfront Park, Jereme Durrant and Grant Martin, for installing mile posts along the levee trail, and Chris Ingram, for trail clearing.
Also, Walt and Gloria Morton, cash donation for horseshoe courts in Broken Arrow Park; Lawrence Daffodil Club, cash donation for flower beds; Kansas State Nurses Assn., cash donation for improvements in Watson Park; Phi Delta Theta, Clinton Parkway cleanup; Telephone Pioneers of America, Jayhawker Club, tree seedlings for parks.
Also, Breakfast and Luncheon Optimists clubs, cash donations for shirts for summer youth programs; Soroptimist Club, cash donation for flower bed in South Park; Countryside Garden Club, cash donations for Veterans and South parks; Quaker Oats Co., cash donation toward summer safety programs; Hallmark Cards Inc., cash donation for summer youth employment program.
Also, Art&Sign Inc., signs for McGrew Nature Area; KANU Radio, Arbor Day air time; Omega Psi Phi, organization and supervision of Municipal Pool opening activities; Wakarusa River Greens, Riverfront Park cleanup; Cub Scout Den No. 2, "Dad" Perry Park cleanup; Dave Williams, donation of tapestry loom for weaving center; and Daughters of American Revolution, rhododendrons for Watkins Park.