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Elgin parks department wins three state awards

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    Texas Recreation and Park Society board president Jeff White presents a programming achievement award to Elgin Parks & Recreation program manager Elizabeth Marzec. Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Marzec
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    Dock Jackson, who founded Elgin’s Parks & Recreation Department, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award.
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    Texas Recreation and Park Society board president Jeff White presents a service award to volunteer Debora Marzec.

Last month, the Elgin Parks & Recreation team attended the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) 2020 Statewide Conference in Galveston, Texas.

At the awards banquet on Thursday, February 27, the City of Elgin and the Elgin Parks & Recreation Department were awarded multiple accolades.

Debora Marzec, a fixture at Elgin Parks & Recreation volunteer events, was awarded the Individual Outstanding Service Award for the state of Texas for all of her hard work and dedication. You can see the literal fruits of her labors at the “Edible Arbor Walk” located along the sidewalk of the Elgin Recreation Center.

The Elgin Parks & Recreation Department was awarded the Arts & Humanities Programming Achievement Award Class IV for the Trash Art Week Contest & Crafts event in September 2019. This award recognizes contributions for cultural arts and community investment in creative endeavors.

Dock Jackson was awarded the TRAPS Lifetime Achievement Award. Jackson established the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Elgin and founded the Friends of Elgin Parks Non-Profit, laying the groundwork for the beautiful parks system we have today.

The Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) was founded in 1937 to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences to park, recreation and leisure service professionals throughout the state of Texas. Every year, TRAPS hosts a statewide convention for parks and recreation professionals to come together and attend classes that promote engaged communities, wellness lifestyles and green spaces.