MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS RECREATION DEPARTMENT’S FAMILY FISHING DAY RECEIVES STATE PARKS AND RECREATION AWARD

Congratulations to the Middleburg Heights Recreation Department!

On February 14, the Recreation Department received one of the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association’s (OPRA) 2016 Awards of Excellence in the Sport Programming Category!

The 2016 Family Fishing Day held at the Middleburg Heights Community Center outdoor pool on September 17 and 18, 2016, which hosted 650 residents and members, was recognized for its quality and success. For this event, 600 fish were stocked in the outdoor pool where families registered to fish were permitted to take two fish home with them, while catching and releasing as many as they could.

The Cleveland MetroParks was the primary partner for the event providing free loaner fishing rods, event volunteers to help assist attendees, as well as, providing their Aquatic Biologist to help measure and judge the fish. After the event, the MetroParks stocked Beyer’s Pond with the remaining fish.

131 programs were nominated from around the state and were judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals and only 18 recreation departments received Awards of Excellence.

“These awards represent the best of the best in parks and recreation in Ohio,” said OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward. “These programs are changing the lives of people around the state and building better communities in Ohio. Winners include cities, conservancy districts, and park districts. Our members are offering amazing programs and great facilities in communities of all types around Ohio.”

See a slide show of Family Fishing Day and Awards’ Ceremony below.