2020 “William V. Haskell” Distinguished Professional of the Year Award Winner Hillary Hallett, Recreation Director, Easton Recreation Department

Hillary has been a dedicated professional who has worked on behalf of Maine Recreation and Park members in her region since 2016, serving on the Maine Recreation and Park Association as the liaison to the Northern Maine Community Recreation Association. She spearheaded efforts to revitalize the various program of the association by chairing committees and […]

2020 “Dr. Bill Eckart” Young Professional Award Winner Gary Colello, Director, Bridgton Recreation

Gary Colello is being recognized by his professional peers with an award by the Maine Recreation and Parks Association. He has demonstrated outstanding leadership for the residents of Bridgton by developing, coordinating and implementing recreational opportunities for all ages.  Gary has recently served on the MRPA Fall Workshop and the MRPA annual conference planning committees. […]

2020 Outstanding Parks Professional Award Winner John “Linky” Erskine, Park Operations Manager and City Arborist at South Portland Parks, Recreation and Waterfront

Linky is being recognized by his professional peers with an award by the Maine Recreation and Parks Association.   John “Linky” Erskine has worked for the City of South Portland for over 30 years in a variety of capacities from Animal control officer, Parks mechanic, Parks foreperson, and is currently the Parks Supervisor in charge of […]

Outdoor recreation needs sustainable funding

As a state that relies heavily on tourism and recreation as one of its primary economic forces, Maine has been squandering one of its most valuable assets for far too long: the land and open space that locals and visitors love so much. read more    

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