Parks dept. award

Pictured with their recent award are (L-R) Wade Evans and Director Andy Gilley with the Hendersonville Parks Department, and former Hendersonville Alderman Scott Sprouse. 

The Hendersonville Parks Department’s Stay-at-Home Jam was recognized recently with a first-place award from the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association. The recognition in the public relations category came at the association’s 69th annual conference held virtually on Nov. 19.

In addition to the first place nod, the department was a finalist in the categories of Special Event (Hendersonville Hometown Jam) and Innovative Program (Special Needs Drop-off Day Camp).

Dallas Long, assistant director for athletics and events, was also recognized for attaining the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional Certification this year.

“These awards are highly competitive and we are blessed to be even nominated,” said Parks Director Andy Gilley.  “For the second year in a row to win one is a huge honor for our Department.”

Gilley said he wanted to give special thanks to all of the musical guests, community leaders, non-profit groups and city staff who were guests on the Stay-at-Home Jam.

Gilley also thanked former Ward 2 Alderman Scott Sprouse for bringing the idea to the parks department and “helping make it happen.”

The Stay-at-Home Jam provided entertainment and local information for several weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic on the parks department’s Facebook page.

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