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Park volunteers honored by commission


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Susan Davis (right) receives a certificate of appreciation from Forest Grove parks commission chair Susan Taylor during last weeks Corn Roast. For the past 20 years, the Davis family has sponsored free Saturday evening swim nights at the citys aquatic center so that low-income residents can enjoy the facility. Parks director Tom Gamble said that translates into 40,000 free pool admissions. The family also supports Doernbecher Childrens Hospital by hosting an annual open house to show off its Papas Toys classic car collection in Cornelius.Many cities rely on community members to help out in their libraries and park facilities — a cadre of volunteers who quiety go about their work without much attention. But in Forest Grove, the city’s Parks & Recreation Commission decided to make some noise about their supporters at this year’s annual Corn Roast.

For the past few years the commission (which itself is made up of volunteers) has accepted nominations for three awards honoring ongoing programs, special projects and the work of Eagle Scouts. This year the commission announced its award winners at the Sept. 22 Corn Roast.

Program Awards:

Susan Davis, for her family’s contribution of providing 20 years of community free swims on Saturday evenings during the summer.

Ric Vanderkin for his support of Forest Grove youth baseball and his role in bringing the state Junior Baseball Organization Tournament to Lincoln Park for the past five years.

Project Award:

Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Adams, for his personal effort in supporting the inmate work program that provides needed labor for city park facilities and meeting the state requirement of providing meaningful work for inmates.

Eagle Awards:

Adam Calder, Andrew Hall and Jerry Lox, for their work on the trails and boardwalk at Thatcher Park.

Luke Leadoff, for his construction of six picnic tables at Fernhill Wetlands.

Hayden Brewer, for the installation of barrier posts at Forest Glen Park.