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AGENDA DATE:March 14, 2017

Recognition of the Parks and Recreation Department for Awards Received at the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) Conference.


Tim Dentler, Director of Parks and Recreation

Carrie Cessna, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation


Annually, the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) hosts its statewide conference. At this conference, parks and recreation professionals gather for educational sessions, networking with peers and vendors, and recognition of the exemplary achievements of certain departments, organizations, and professionals at the annual awards banquet.


Travis Cunniff, Recreation Services Manager, was honored with the 2017 Jerry D. Garrett Memorial Young Professional Award by TRAPS. The Young Professional Award annually recognizes one outstanding professional in the entire state in the field of Parks and Recreation who is committed to advancing the industry through leadership, work accomplishments and volunteerism. Travis' active involvement in TRAPS and other related organizations, public speaking and promotion of parks and recreation, and additional outstanding contributions to the profession made him stand out among other nominees earning him the highly respected award.


Heidi Miller, Center Supervisor and Billy Diaz, Youth Program Supervisor graduated from the TRAPS Academy of Leadership Development.  The Academy builds a community of professionals committed to effective leadership, while engaging in a culture of life-long learning, creative thinking and achieving the highest level of respect and recognition in the Parks and Recreation profession.  Academy and educational events were held over the course of a year including commitment once a month and culminated with graduation at the 2017 TRAPS Institute.


Heidi Miller, Center Supervisor was selected as one of 2 young professionals for the TEX-tern program. The program provides an opportunity to observe and be mentored by TRAPS leadership during a State Institute including attending executive level meetings to gain a better understanding of TRAPS and the parks and recreation field.