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Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation, Mayor, Parks Superintendent & Media Receive Awards at 2018 KRPS Conference

It was a big day for Hopkinsville at today’s Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society (KRPS) Awards Luncheon that capped the professional association’s three-day conference.  The Hopkinsville Division of Parks and Recreation was awarded the Outstanding Program Award for Solar Eclipse/Summer Salute events last August.  Parks & Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman was named Professional of the Year while Mayor Carter Hendricks was recognized as the state’s Outstanding Public Official for his WINS initiative and support of parks.  And, WHVO/WKDZ was recognized with the Communication Award, presented to Ham Broadcasting, parent company of the stations.

“Our society is so pleased to recognize all of the great things going on in Hopkinsville,” said KRPS Executive Director, Terri Wilkerson.  “Although the Hopkinsville Parks and Rec department has a relatively small full-time staff, the department positively impacts their community in many ways, but none more impressive than the events surrounding the 2017 Eclipse.  The magnitude of those efforts were extraordinary for any department, any size.”

The KRPS recognized the pre-planning, execution and team-building on all the pieces that surrounded the world-class Solar Eclipse and Summer Salutes event that attracted 116,000 plus to Hopkinsville and Christian County.  The Parks and Rec department collaborated with numerous local, regional and state agencies in bringing the event together seamlessly.

“This award is for the entire community,” according to Parks Superintendent Tab Brockman.  “It took a total team effort from so many branches of city and county government and all other organizations to make the Solar Eclipse and surrounding events happen.  And, while our department was ultimately responsible, we owe a huge debt to local Eclipse Coordinator Brooke Jung, who put her heart and soul into this event as Hopkinsville took the world spotlight.  Congratulations Hopkinsville and Christian County on this KRPS award from our professional peers.”  About his recognition as Professional of the Year, Brockman added, “A coach is only as good as the team that surrounds him, and I’m blessed to work with a wonderful team and proud to be a part of #Team Hopkinsville.”

Mayor Carter Hendricks was recognized as the Outstanding Public Official by KRPS for his WINS initiative that spawned a variety of quality of life projects in Hopkinsville.  Among a host of projects, WINS includes the development of two new neighborhood parks, a 54,000 square foot Sportsplex opening this fall, more sidewalks for connectivity, and additions to the city’s Rail Trail.  Mayor Hendricks noted, “I’m honored to receive this award from for KRPS.  This recognition is a testament to the vision, leadership and cooperative spirit by all of our partners including Hopkinsville City Council and Christian County Fiscal Court.  I hope to continue serving for years to come with this outstanding team.”

The Mayor was a keynote speaker to the organization when Hoptown hosted the last annual KRPS conference.  His remarks during the the conference centered around the WINS initiative and were met with tremendous interest by society members.

“It is energizing to our group to see a community leader who has vision for parks, yet also for their entire community.  When those attributes are wrapped with a collaborative spirit that builds bridges across city-county lines it is even more impressive.  Hopkinsville has an award-winning leader.  KRPS is proud to recognize Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks for his vision, team-building and can-do attitude,” Wilkerson added.

Ham Broadcasting, parent company of WHVO/WKDZ, was awarded the Communication Award as a media partner that displays outstanding support of parks and recreation efforts. The regional radio stations work closely as media sponsors with Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation on a special events throughout the year including parades, concerts and holiday festivities.

Beth Mann, president and owner of WKDZ and WHVO, was on hand to accept the award.  The Communications Award is the latest of a host of awards the station has received including Marconi Awards and three-time Small Market Station of the Year.

“Parks and recreation departments are always searching for valuable media partners and WHVO/WKDZ has demonstrated its continued commitment to serving both the department and the community in the Hopkinsville area.  The Communication Award salutes the efforts and partnership displayed by the efforts of Ham Broadcasting and its family of stations,” Wilkerson said.