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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Fishers Parks & Recreation Honored at IPRA Awards of Excellence

Park and recreation professionals from throughout Indiana were recognized for their achievements at the 2017 Indiana Park & Recreation Association Conference.

The awards were presented at the IPRA Awards of Excellence Banquet in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

The IPRA Annual Awards of Excellence recognize agencies and individuals throughout Indiana that embody the vision, dedication, and excellence needed in the field of parks and recreation. These awards highlight efforts that transcend everyday standards in order to make a difference and improve the quality of life in Indiana’s communities. IPRA award winners include park and recreation professionals, organizations, agencies, and volunteers.

The following were recipients of this year’s awards:

Distinguished Life Member
Bob Nickovich
Lake County Parks & Recreation

Outstanding Agency
Danville Parks & Recreation

Outstanding Professional
Micheal Metz
LaGrange County Parks & Recreation

Exceptional Young Professional
Ken Conklin
Clarksville Parks & Recreation

Corporate Partner of the Year
Indiana University Health Bloomington

Elected Official of the Year
Mayor Blair Milo
La Porte, IN

Distinguished Citizen
Mitch Feikes
La Porte Parks & Recreation
Gene Griffin
Vigo County Parks & Recreation

Clark Ketchum Conservation Award
Hamilton County Parks & Recreation

Excellence in Resource Improvement
Ivy Tech Community College Recreation Annex
Noblesville Parks & Recreation

Inclusion Program of Excellence
Sensory Easter Egg Hunt
Washington Township Parks & Recreation

Innovative Program
Nature First
Fishers Parks & Recreation
MADE Movement
South Bend Venues, Parks & Arts

Creative Event
South Bend Venue, Parks & Arts

Exceptional Park Design
Cyntheanne Park Community Garden
Fishers Parks & Recreation
West Commons Playground
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

Exceptional Facility Design
Central Park Plaza Expansion
Valparaiso Parks & Recreation

Excellence in Landscape Design
Whiting Interpretive Signage & Cultural Walk
City of Whiting, IN
Context Design

West Lafayette Parks & Recreation


For more information on IPRA and the Awards of Excellence program, please contact the IPRA office at 317-573-4035 or Visit for general information.

The Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit
membership association representing over 900 parks and recreation professionals throughout the state. IPRA is dedicated to advancing healthy lifestyles and environmental stewardship by providing education, professional development, resources, and advocacy to its members.

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