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Parks and Rec's Pam Rudd Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Local icon Pam Rudd was surprised with a prestigious honor Tuesday night, as the longtime Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Programs Coordinator was inducted into the Kentucky Parks and Recreation Society Hall of Fame Class of 2019, during the annual KRPS State Conference at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. 

Rudd, a local stalwart who has been with the Hoptown Parks and Recreation Department for 48 years, was joined by her fellow staff members, City of Hopkinsville employees and family members for the recognition. She was one of three new members inducted into the Hall, and was unaware of her induction prior to the announcement during the awards banquet. Rudd received a standing ovation from the room upon taking the stage. 

After starting with local parks and recreation in 1971 as a part-time programmer — back when it was a joint city-county entity — Rudd moved to full-time status in 1997 after retiring from her career as secondary school physical education teacher at Hopkinsville Middle School, and even served a two-year stint as interim parks director from 2005-2007.   

Along the way, Rudd started the summer kids’ workshops, adult softball leagues and tournaments and shepherded several major local park projects, including Tie Breaker Park Complex and the Thomas Street Recreation Center. She is still heavily involved with the Pennyrile Senior Games, various events, parades and day-to-day operations. 

Tuesday’s honor comes four years after Rudd received the prominent KRPS Fellow Award. During the 2015 KRPS State Conference, she had the longest continuous tenure of any of the 225 conference attendees.