South Suburban receives honors

Posted 2/25/09

It is refreshing to hear an organization is financially sound in these “unsound” times. Recently, the South Suburban Parks and Recreation …

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South Suburban receives honors


It is refreshing to hear an organization is financially sound in these “unsound” times.

Recently, the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District was the recipient of many prestigious awards for 2008, and is in the black financially.

South Suburban provides Lone Tree residents with an array of activities, programs and events throughout the year for all ages, levels and interests.

Included in the awards was a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the seventh time that South Suburban has been awarded the recognition.

“I think this is important to the public when you are managing taxpayers money,” said Steve Shipley, manager of finance for South Suburban. Formally a certified public accountant, Shipley worked for local governments preparing audits.

“For me, that was auditing somebody else’s books, and I feel like now they are my books, and I take pride as a citizen in doing a good job,” Shipley said. He also said that the award was possible because of the board and the financial staff that’s in place.

Awards were given to South Suburban by numerous diverse organizations from banking to tennis. The Bud Robineaux Award from the Colorado Tennis Association was awarded to South Suburban’s head tennis professional, Mike Hall for his contributions to the Colorado tennis community.

A complete renovation of the tennis facility at the Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel is an example of the strong partnership between the city of Lone Tree and South Suburban, “and important for the public to understand,” Shipley said.

The recognition from these organizations provides assurance to local taxpayers that top-notch practices are being used by the South Suburban management and that clear vision and direction is being established by the board of directors.

The 41.5-square-mile South Suburban district includes Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan, the western half of the City of Centennial, portions of unincorporated Douglas County — including Wildcat Ridge and Acres Green—and Arapahoe County west of Interstate 25 and a small area in Jefferson County.

SSPRD awards

Columbine Award in the Administrative Management Category from Colorado Parks and Recreation Association for “The Combine,” an innovative hiring procedure.

2008 PRIDE Award from the Printing and Imaging Association of the Mountain States for South Suburban’s 2008 Parks, Trails and Facilities Map.

Gold Award in the Collaboration Category from the Denver Regional Council of Governments for “South Platte Greenway: Expanding an Urban Oasis.”

Two Starburst Community Awards in the Large Community Category (serving 60,000 and more people) from the Colorado Lottery

Columbine Award in the Education Category from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association

Management Practice Award from Learning Resources Network, Inc. for the 2007 Annual Report.

Finalist for a Gold Medal Award in the Class II Population Category (100,001-250,000 one of four finalists in this category nationwide), by the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Parks Association for excellence in overall management.



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