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NEWS RELEASE

Virginia Recreation and Park Society Honors Charley O'Hara


Monday, November 28, 2016 -- Charley O’Hara, City resident and member of the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board, was honored with a statewide Distinguished Volunteer Service Award by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS). The award was announced at the VRPS annual conference in early November.

Mr. O’Hara has been an active member of the Advisory Board for Recreation and Parks for over 25 years. He has been and still is a strong advocate of the Recreation and Parks Department and for open space needs in the community. In addition to his role on the Advisory Board, he has served on the Open Space Task Force, volunteered as a youth basketball coach for many years and volunteers at special events.

His leadership and dedication can be seen in the acquisition of additional parkland at West End in 2004, Hamlet Park, now Howard E. Herman Stream Valley Park in 2006, 2007 and again in 2010 and an increase in parkland at Crossman Park in 2007 and 2008.

Mr. O’Hara has been actively involved in assessing community needs for many of the Recreation and Parks Department Capital Improvement projects, including the renovations of the Falls Church Community Center in the early 2000s.

From 2001-2007, the Advisory Board of Recreation and Parks was tasked with developing clean and concise Master Plans for all City parks that would guide future development of the parks, while serving to protect and preserve the City’s open space. This was an extensive project requiring many public meets. Mr. O’Hara displayed exemplary leadership and dedication throughout the process.

"From developing Master Park Plans that have helped shape our facilities, to preserving open space, the residents of the City of Falls Church have a better quality of life thanks to Charley O’Hara," said Danny Schlitt, Director of Recreation and Parks. "We are thrilled that Charley was selected for the Distinguished Service Award as we know he is truly deserving."

About the Virginia Recreation and Park Society
The Virginia Recreation and Park Society is a private, non-profit professional organization, founded in 1953 and incorporated in 1956. Its purpose is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia, into one body. The members work together to promote and improve the profession in all its diversity. VRPS is affiliated with the National Recreation and Park Association.
 
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Charley O'Hara accepts the Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. (Click here for a larger version of the photo. Credit: Virginia Recreation and Park Society.)
Charley O'Hara (right of center) accepts the Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. He is pictured here with City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks staff Jimmy Ruby, Director Danny Schlitt, and Amy Maltese. (Click here for a larger version of the photo. Credit: Virginia Recreation and Park Society.)
 
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