Parks & Recreation and CVB Receive Houston-Galveston Area Council Awards in Diligence and Reach
The Houston-Galveston Area Council awarded the the City of Pearland Parks & Recreation Department with awards in Diligence and Reach in the 2019 Our Great Region Awards. The awards recognize outstanding organizations that have achieved exceptional work in making the 13-county Houston-Galveston area an excellent place to live, work, and prosper.
Parks and Recreation’s Natural Resources division received the award for Diligence for its efforts in natural resource conservation and education, and the Athletics division received the award for Reach, honoring a project that demonstrates exemplary public participation.
"It's always an honor to be recognized by peers," said Dr. Christopher Orlea, Director of Pearland Parks & Recreation. "But to be a part of a team making strides aligned with, and exemplifying the ideals of H-GAS is a proud moment as a City leader and Pearlander."
The Natural Resources division received the Diligence category award for its creative and tenacious approach in showcasing benefits of a wider community. The Diligence award validates the efforts associated with Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail habitat restoration project and the opening of the Delores Fenwick Nature Center and acknowledges the work accomplished throughout the community in environmental and nature-based education, natural area conservation, and connecting people to nature through quality outdoor programs.
Pearland's Natural Resource Manager, Cullen Ondracek, said his division is grateful to receive the award. "My hope is that residents and visitors recognize the importance of the environmental efforts being taken in our City and that Pearland is a leader in this area for our region."
The Athletics division received the Reach award for hosting the TAAF Winter Games of Texas. The award recognizes its successful planning process through the collaboration and partnership with Pearland’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, and illustrates the ways relationships with Pearland ISD and others were able to build capacity in the community, hosting tournaments in 15 different sports simultaneously, city-wide. The award also recognized diversity of the event, noting players’ ages ranged from 6-80 years, and the included adaptive sports to the Winter Games. Through community-wide coordination across various City departments, sport liaisons, sponsors and supporters, the City of Pearland seamlessly welcomed over 2,000 athletes from all over the state.
Pearland's Athletics and Aquatics Manager, Brandon Torres said Pearland strives to provide fantastic programs, events, and facilities. "It is our goal to make Pearland the best place to live," Torres said.