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Parks and Recreation

PGMS Salutes the City of Henderson for Grounds Management Excellence

(BALTIMORE) – The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recognized the City of Henderson in Nevada with a Grand Award and two Honor Awards in the Society's 2007 Green Star Awards competition. The Grand Award was given in the Park, Recreation Area or Playground category for exceptional grounds maintenance at their Mission Hills Park. The City of Henderson received an Honor Award in the same category for landscape work at their Anthem Hills Park and a second Honor Award in the Athletic Fields category for their Arroyo Grande Sports Complex. Winners were honored during the Society’s 2007 School of Grounds Management held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky., (Oct. 24-27).

“I was very excited to see our staff recognized in this way,” said Dominick Casey, Park Superintendent for the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “They are very talented and work exceptionally hard at producing some of the best-maintained parks in southern Nevada.”

Led by Parks Supervisor Lynn Phelps, Mission Hills Park is a 25-acre community park and a hit in the summer with its water play feature and adjacent shade pavilion and picnic areas. It is quite common for large corporations to rent out the shaded pavilion for parties that can number over 2,000 in attendance. Considering the large crowds and extremely high temperatures that are common during the summer, the grounds maintenance crew does an outstanding job keeping the park safe, clean and green.

What do you get when you mix two sand volleyball courts, two full and eight half basketball courts (all lit for nighttime use), three ball fields, playgrounds for three different age groups, and a soccer complex constructed in a flood basin – Anthem Hills Park, led by Park Manager Ray Everhart. Located in the desert, where water is scarce, a project of particular note has been an aggressive turf conversion program, converting over 1 million square feet of non-functional turf to xeriscape, saving an estimated 55 million gallons of water annually.

A 20-acre little league baseball field complex, Arroyo Grande Sports Complex recently hosted Nevada’s District 2 Little League Regional Baseball Championship with winners advancing to the state championship. Hoping to motivate players to do their best, Doug Guild, park manager, and the grounds crew put forth the extra effort to make theirs a field of dreams. Fair poles, scoreboards, the sports complex sign, restroom floors, and drinking fountains each got a new coat of paint. Bleachers were pressure washed, scoreboards refitted with new bulbs, and fair lines and bases were painted before every game. The results: beautiful fields and immaculate turf as well as a 12-day tournament showing why baseball is still the nation’s pastime.

“This is a great honor to receive,” said Lynn. “It not only recognizes the efforts put in by our staff, but also the City of Henderson’s commitment towards enriching its citizens’ lives through green spaces.”

The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complimenting other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. This year's program acknowledged the nation's top manicured grounds in settings ranging from parks to apartment complexes to cemeteries. Overall, PGMS presented 19 Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as 20 Honor Awards in 14 categories of competition.
 

Mission Hills Park

 

Mission Hills Park

A crew of workers working at Mission Hills Park

Mission Hills Park base ball field

Workers maintaining Mission Hills Park

Playground at Mission Hills Park