Earl London for Edmond Parks & Recreation Department, Champion of Character

On behalf of the board of directors of the Character Council of Edmond, we would like to congratulate the Edmond Parks and Recreation Department, represented by the Parks & Recreation Assistant Director Earl London, for being selected as “Champions of Character,” representing the character trait of diligence.

The Parks & Recreation Department demonstrated diligence in its efforts to provide visitors and the citizens of Edmond, as well as City of Edmond employees, many attractive focal points while also maintaining 18 area parks of approximately 460 acres; 55 display beds; 500 trees; 24 playgrounds and approximately 10 miles of walking/bike trails, all center street medians, 21 athletic fields for youth sports, one cemetery and other related properties like the Edmond Library, Pelican Bay Aquatic Center and the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. It also assists with the Edmond Visual Arts Commission by providing the labor to set all approved art pieces, and provides assistance to the Edmond Soccer Club, Rodeo Club, Adult Softball Association, Edmond All-Sports, Kickingbird Tennis Center and YMCA sports.

During the recent harsh summer drought, “Park and Rec. had hand-watered all the landscaping, including the beautiful beds of pansies, hibiscus, purple fountain grass and marigolds which fronts the building along First Street, keeping the plants alive and thriving, even without the benefit of a sprinkler system,” wrote Sharon Ferrell. “Many thanks to this fine City of Edmond department from the staff members of the Court Services.”

There has also been several occasions that the Keep Edmond Beautiful organization has been a recipient of grants for trees. The Parks Department always displays expert knowledge, being careful and diligent in doing a job right the first time, following up with patience and looking at the long range picture, wrote Priscilla Parker, president of the Keep Edmond Beautiful organization.

“The department goes about quietly taking exceptional care of all the parks in Edmond. Sometimes we as citizens take these things for granted, but we need to stop and look at how beautiful our city is, mainly due to the Parks Department,” wrote Parker.

Because of your diligence the Parks & Recreation Department was honored before the City Council on October 23, 2006.

Thank you, Parks and Recreation Department, for representing Edmond as a “champion of character.”

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