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Hopkinsville's Toby Hudson Named KRPS 2020 Professional of the Year

Longtime Parks and Recreation Programs Coordinator, ‘turf expert’ recognized for commitment

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Longtime Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Programs Coordinator Toby Hudson was recognized Wednesday for his commitment to his department and statewide affiliation, earning the bestowment of Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society (KRPS) 2020 Professional of the Year.

Hudson, who has provided essential contributions to the KRPS state conference the past four years, has played an integral role in the creation of the Kentucky Turf Grass Association and helped re-establish the Maintenance and Grounds workshops for KRPS, bringing maintenance background, supreme organizational skills and industry contacts together to make the workshop one of the important newer additions to KRPS programming.

Starting in maintenance as a groundskeeper at Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation, Hudson’s organizational skills and drive were recognized when he was promoted to Assistant Recreation Programs Coordinator, and eventually to the role of Recreation Programs Coordinator, which he’s served well the past eight years.

“Toby is a rising star in the parks and rec field and I cannot think of a person who deserves this recognition more,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “He is always happy and eager to share his talents and knowledge in programming, sports turf care, facility maintenance and special events logistics with anyone who asks for assistance. We are so proud of him and this honor.”

A graduate of the 2019-20 Leadership Hopkinsville program and past winner of the Christian County Chamber Military Affairs Committee Eagle Ambassadors Service Award, Hudson has used his talents and abilities to make an impact at the local level. His list of certifications and membership with multiple turf/grass associations have been crucial in developing the master turf management plan for Hoptown’s Western Hills Golf Course.

The KRPS Professional of the Year Award is given to recipients to recognize practicing recreation professionals for outstanding contributions to the profession, displays of distinctive leadership in the field of parks and recreation, and possession of meritorious service to the profession.