TUCKER, Ga. (November 14, 2018) – Tucker’s Parks and Recreation Department has pulled in yet another accolade, this time earning the most prestigious honor in the department’s short history.
Operations Manager Jason Collins was honored last week as the Maintenance and Operations Outstanding Professional of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA). The award, given out each year at the GRPA’s annual meeting in Jekyll Island, recognizes the work of one person as the best in the state of Georgia.
“Tucker Parks and Rec has a team of truly talented professionals who have worked tirelessly to get this department off the ground in a very quick period of time,” said Parks and Recreation Director Rip Robertson. “When we hired Jason after his successful stint in the City of Brookhaven, we knew we were getting someone who could really make a difference in this community. I’m just glad to see his efforts recognized on such a big stage.”
Collins is the City’s Parks Operations Manager, meaning he oversees park maintenance, as well as coordinating with the volunteer Friends of the Parks groups. Since being hired on in Tucker this March, Collins has been a part of expanding and improving Tucker’s parks and many of the amenities they offer. Last month, he was one of three staff members to be honored at the GRPA District 6 Awards.
“I was very happy to accept this award because it shows many of the great things we have accomplished with the Tucker parks in such a short amount of time,” Collins said. “We hope to continue these great improvements and more for the parks and community of Tucker going forward.“Tucker assumed operation of its Recreation Center from DeKalb County in January of 2018. It took over operation of its parks just a few months later in April.