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Posted on: November 7, 2018

Goochland County Parks and Recreation Receives Virginia Recreation and Park Society Award

Goochland County - Parks and Recreation Award - VRPS - Central High School

Goochland County Parks and Recreation was recently recognized with the Best New Renovation/Addition (Bricks and Mortar) Award at the 64th Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS).


Highlighting each year’s conference is a formal presentation of awards.  This state-wide program honors individuals, departments and organizations throughout Virginia who have demonstrated excellence in several areas during the previous year.  VRPS received over 100 applications vying for awards in 14 different categories.  Judged by a jury of its peers, Goochland County Parks and Recreation was selected for the Best New Renovation/Addition (Bricks and Mortar) Award for the category Population 25,000 and Under.

 

Goochland County Parks and Recreation was recognized for the Central High School Cultural and Educational Complex.  Located at 2748 Dogtown Road the Central High School building originally served as an African American High School facility.  A committee formed by the County recommended a proposal to preserve and reuse the historic building, create a community facility for citizens, and expand Parks and Recreation programmatic space.  The Central High School Cultural and Educational Complex renovations included restoring the school’s original theater, classrooms, and creation of dedicated display space for Central High School memorabilia.  The hallways are lined with photos from Central High School and a kiosk displays digitized yearbooks from the school as well.

 

Citizens who have not yet had the opportunity to tour the facility are invited to come visit the facility.  It is currently open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to Noon.  Citizens who would prefer to schedule a tour can call (804) 657-2086.

 

This recognition is just the latest for Goochland County Parks and Recreation.  Previously they were recognized with the 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in the Silver Medal category for Tucker Park at Maidens Crossing, related to the creation of a sustainability program for the park. The 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in the Honorable Mention category for Tucker Park at Maidens Crossing, related to the creation of an outdoor classroom.  

 

In addition, they were recognized by the VRPS with the 2016 Best New Facility Award (Parks, Playgrounds, Greenways and Trails) – Population under 25,000 category for Matthews Park, 2015 Best Promotional Effort – Traditional Award – Population 25,000 category for the Fall 2015 “History Edition” Program Guide, 2014 Best New Program – Population under 25,000 category for Tucker’s Tots Preschool Program, 2014 Best New Renovation/Addition – Population under 25,000 category for the Central High School Gymnasium, 2013 Best New Facility – Population under 25,000 for Leakes Mill Park, and 2013 Best New Renovation/Addition – Population under 25,000 for the Goochland Sports Complex.

 

Goochland County is extremely proud of Goochland County Parks and Recreation’s latest recognition and the programs & activities they offer throughout the year for our citizens.