2015 Fellowship Award
Lucille Taylor

MILWAUKEE, WI - More than 500 recreation, park and therapeutic recreation professionals and advocates from throughout Wisconsin will gather at the Kalahari Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells for the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association's 50th Annual Conference & Expo, "You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” The five-day event includes more than 70 educational sessions, pre-conference institutes, trade show with over 135 vendors, and leadership meetings featuring programs and speakers that addressed a number of pressing social issues including alternative funding sources for park and recreation operations, youth/senior programming, diagnostic protocols, supervisory and administrative techniques, and legislative issue updates.

On Thursday, November 5th delegates to the Conference will participate in a special Awards Banquet where Lucille Taylor will be the recipient of the State Association's "Fellowship Award", the highest award given to a layperson in recognition of outstanding service to the parks and recreation profession and to their community.

Lucille Taylor shared a vision and a promise to the city of Middleton, bequeathing the majority of her life estate to help plan, design, and construct a new community park facility for the city.

Her generous gift to the city was pledged in several parts. An initial donation of $100,000 was made in 2014 to fund the large custom playground, park entry signs, and park master plan design. Her generosity also prompted other community members to rise to the occasion, and the park has now garnered a great deal of attention and additional funding.

In the spirit of public open space supporters, Lucille Taylor was selected as the Honorary Fellowship Award recipient for 2015 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the city of Middleton and the creation of the Harvey John and Lucille Taylor Memorial Park.

EDITOR'S NOTE: WPRA is a statewide, non-profit service organization dedicated to extending the social, health, cultural and economic benefits of parks and recreation through its network of recreation/park professionals and civic leaders. There are approximately 2,000 WPRA members who include state and local experts on recreation, urban planning, aquatics, at-risk-youth, therapeutic recreation services, and parkland development and services.

Steven J. Thompson, CPRP, CEO/Executive Director
Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association

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