COMMERCE CITY, COLO. (Nov. 8, 2012) – The Colorado Parks and Recreation Association recognized outstanding work of the Commerce City Parks and Recreation Department during their 2012 annual awards program. The city won a Columbine Award in the park renovation design category for Veteran’s Memorial Park, while Parks Development Supervisor Tony Jaramillo received the association’s first ever Parks Professional of the Year award.
“For the fourth year in a row, I’ve had the honor of recognizing the contributions of Commerce City’s parks and recreation department to the community and to the profession,” said Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Executive Director Stephanie Stevens during last night’s council meeting. “Veteran’s Memorial Park and the leadership of Mr. Jaramillo exemplify how agencies can make their communities amazing places to live, work and play.”
COLUMBINE AWARD FOR RENOVATED PARK DESIGNThe Columbine Award highlights best practices and creative ideas in design, innovation and programming. The redesign of Veteran’s Memorial Park brought together city council, local veterans, staff and community members, turning a small corner memorial to an 8.5 acre park – a fitting tribute to all who have previously served in our military and for years to come.
The redesign included installing a new irrigation system that reduced annual maintenance from the memorial itself. A memorial brick program was initiated to create a fund for future maintenance and allow a personal tribute for veterans.
PARKS SECTION PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEARParks Development Supervisor Tony Jaramillo is the recipient of the association’s first award in this category. A leader in his field, Jaramillo is well-respected by his peers for his innovative ideas and best practices on how to address park challenges. He is sought out for his expertise statewide in the areas of playground safety and turf management, regularly teaching educational sessions. Jaramillo began working for the city in 1990 in the public works department before joining the parks and recreation department a year later. He has worked his way through the ranks during his 22 year career, holding several positions as a maintenance worker, parks supervisor, and parks superintendent.