Nature movement: Parks Department employees plant trees in Beckenholdt Park as part of a partnership with Regreening Greenfield to grow native species in the park. The effort is similar to partnerships with other private-sector entities that allowed the park to be developed and for which the city is being recognized. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s nature park is receiving statewide recognition for how it was developed with private partnerships.
Beckenholdt Park on the city’s northwest side received the 2012 Award of Excellence for park development from the Indiana Park and Recreation Association.
The park was one of four across the state that received the award; awards were given based on funding levels for the departments. Vigo County, Bloomington and Carmel also received awards for development.
Chris Owens, director of the IPRA, said Beckenholdt Park was the only park nominated in its funding category, but the park deserved the recognition. He said the selection committee was impressed that the park, completed last year, was built mostly with sponsorships and community partnerships.
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