TUCKER, Ga. (October 3, 2018) – Not only did the City of Tucker host the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) District 6 awards Wednesday, it was one of the big winners. Tucker claimed the awards for top Special Event, Maintenance/Operations Network and Recreation Programming Network.
“This was a great day for Tucker,” said Tucker Parks and Recreation Director Rip Robertson. “We know that we’ve got some special folks working for the City, but to have that affirmed by an organization like GRPA is really awesome.”
Tucker won the award for the best special event thanks to the July 3 Celebration of Independence and Fireworks Spectacular. An estimated 5,000 people descended on Downtown Tucker to witness the City’s first-ever Main Street fireworks display. The event was done in partnership with Old Town Tucker Merchants Association (OTTMA) and numerous sponsors, including TKR Summer of Fun series sponsors Jacobs and Kroger.
The Maintenance/Operations Network Award was accepted by Jason Collins, Tucker’s Operations Manager. In his five months with the City, Collins has initiated the Parks Master Plan process, overseen improvements in the parks and supervises the maintenance contract with OpTech.
Crystal Dawson, Tucker’s Recreation Leader, accepted the Recreation Programming Network Award. Dawson has been with the City since February and has been integral in fostering relationships with current programs, as well as attracting new programs, to the Tucker Recreation Center.GRPA’s District 6 covers from DeKalb County in the north to Houston County in the south. The GRPA state awards will be given out next month at the annual conference in Jekyll Island.