Onondaga County Parks won two honors at the Central New York Recreation and Park Society awards luncheon held on Feb. 26 in East Syracuse. The David M. Guokas Memorial Award, that recognizes excellence by a professional in the field of recreation, parks and leisure services went to Lysander resident Bob Ellis.
A 34-year veteran of County Parks, Bob is currently running Oneida Shores and Jamesville Beach Parks and coordinating special projects for the department. At the helm of Onondaga Lake Park for over 25 years, he oversaw the transition of the park into one of America's Top Ten Heritage Parks, a primary destination for residents and tourists alike boasting over 1.3 millions visitors annually.
Active in the community having served for 12 years on town of Lysander Parks and Recreation Commission, the last four as chairman, Bob has also been a dedicated scout leader for many years. In addition, Parks won the Society's Special Publication and Marketing Award for its full color, glossy brochure on cross-country skiing. The piece, created by Parks Public Information Specialist Diane Towlson of Liverpool, was designed to look like a snow globe and touted cross-country skiing in Central New York.
Distributed to 40,000 elementary school students throughout Onondaga County, the brochure relayed the mathematical, historical and fitness factor of the sport in a fun, age appropriate manner. For more information, contact Onondaga County Parks at 451-7275 or visit OnondagaCountyParks.com.