Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Dept. Recognized for Outstanding Performance

The New Mexico Recreation and Park Association has a tough job choosing the best Parks and Recreation Departments throughout the state, but this year Albuquerque rose above them all

ALBUQUERQUE- The New Mexico Recreation and Park Association has a tough job choosing the best Parks and Recreation Departments throughout the state, but this year Albuquerque rose above them all.

 

The field is extremely competitive, with highly esteemed communities in the running, such as Santa Fe, Bernalillo, and Ruidoso.

The Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department was ranked the best in, not one, but five categories.

 

“I am so proud of the high quality people and programs of the Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department,” Parks and Recreation Department Director Barbara Baca said. “To be recognized by our peers within the NMRPA is the highest honor.”

 

“Outstanding Facility” - The Jerry Cline Recreation and Tennis Center

“Outstanding Young Parks and Recreation Professional” - Christin Chavez-Smith: Recreation and Facility Manager for Sports and League

“Distinguished Parks and Recreation Professional” - Chuck Malagodi: Outdoor Recreation Manager

“The Environmental Stewardship Award” - The Open Space Division Bees, Bats, and Butterflies Awareness Day Program. This program reaches over 500 people, teaching them a habitat for native pollinators.

“The Denver Bennett Memorial Program Award” - The Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Esperanza Community Bike Shop.