Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the Syracuse Parks Conservancy (SPC) won an award in the category of Distinguished Citizen from both the Central New York Recreation and Park Society and the New York State Recreation and Park Society.

The Recreation and Park Society award recognizes a citizen, community park board member or volunteer who has shown exceptional effort in enhancing and supporting parks and recreation in their community.

“During some of the hardest days our city has faced in the past year, the Syracuse Parks Conservancy was there to care for our parks and the people who use them. Among some of the very important work done this year was the online campaign to help us open more pools. The #SyracuseSwimsOn campaign raised over $105,000. I’m deeply appreciative of the Syracuse Parks Conservancy and its many volunteers,” Mayor Walsh said.

SPC is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who care for the parks and green spaces in Syracuse. Its mission is to ensure that all parks and public lands are sustainably protected, restored and enhanced for citizens to enjoy. The organization is the host of the annual Syrathon race series, and also provides citywide Greening Grants to non-profits wanting to make the city “greener.”

The Central New York Recreation and Park Society is a regional affiliate of the not-for-profit organization of the New York State Recreation and Park Society. Its primary goal is to advance the value of parks, recreation, and leisure. 

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