FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: BOB ROTATORI 216-635-3263 -or- MARJORIE THOMAS 216-635-3204 Cleveland Metroparks was an award recipient in the recent 2012 Ohio Parks and Recreation (OPRA) Awards of Excellence competition. This is an annual, statewide awards program recognizing excellence in leadership, facility development, programming and marketing by park and recreation professionals. The awards were presented at the recently-held OPRA Conference in Columbus. Cleveland Metroparks received a total of 6 awards:First PlaceFacilityCleveland Metroparks Zoo � African Elephant CrossingSecond PlaceUrban ProgramsCleveland Metroparks Zoo � Connections to AfricaSports InnovationCleveland Metroparks Golf � Women's Super ClinicPark Law EnforcementCleveland Metroparks Rangers � Mounted Rangers/Cleveland Crop PartnershipThird PlacePartnershipCleveland Metroparks � RivergateManagement InnovationCleveland Metroparks Human Resources � Cleveland Metroparks Employee Spot Awards The awards are judged in a two-tiered process, which includes a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio, as well as the association's Board of Directors. A full list of winners is available on the OPRA website: www.opraonline.org. Incorporated in 1963, the OPRA is a non-profit, public interest organization representing over 1300 professionals and citizen board members striving to provide quality parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving Ohio's natural resources, positively impacting local economies and health and wellness of its citizens. Ohio has become known as a trendsetter in the nation with parks and recreation often singled out for national test markets and pilot programs.
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