Lexington Parks & Recreation continue to surpass the everyday standards to make a difference and improve the quality of life for the community. This year they received two awards for an outstanding program and facility. The Kentucky Recreation and Park Society (KRPS) annual awards recognize organizations throughout Kentucky that embody the vision, commitment, and demonstration of excellence in parks and recreation.
Professionals within Parks make it their vision to inspire individuals to imagine and pursue greatness by designing programs that enhance the overall health, wellness and social needs of individuals.
Therapeutic Recreation took the state with the Outstanding Program Award for Iron Chef’s in Training, a cooking program. Iron Chef’s addresses the growing concern of obesity and secondary health conditions in the Lexington/Fayette area by teaching participants with special needs how to cook, while addressing dietary health needs, cooking safety, and better eating habits.
“I love seeing their families’ reactions at the finale when they realize the formal dinner they are being served was coordinated, prepared and served by their loved ones” said Anessa Snowden, Therapeutic Recreation Manager Senior, as she discussed participants showcasing their talents.
Artworks at the Carver School took home the Facility Award because of their great spaces, experiences, and engagement. With its interactive musical playground incorporated into the entrance, Artworks embodies a spirit of creativity and freedom.
This facility serves 600-800 participants a week by providing a wide array of opportunities from Irish dance to martial arts, archery and printmaking, all to educate and inspire artistic creativity in people of all ages and abilities.
For more information about Lexington Parks and Recreation, visit lexingtonky.gov/parks.