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Local men gets parks and rec honor

Georgia Recreation and Parks Association President Steve Card, right, presents an award to Steven Flynt, left, chair of Gwinnett County's Recreation Authority.

Georgia Recreation and Parks Association President Steve Card, right, presents an award to Steven Flynt, left, chair of Gwinnett County's Recreation Authority.

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Georgia Recreation and Park Association President Steve Card, right, presents Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation employee Mark Patterson, center, with an award to recognize is service. At left is Stephanie Patterson.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two local men have been recognized at the state level for their contributions to Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

During the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association state conference, president Steve Card presented Steven Flynt, chair of Gwinnett County's Recreation Authority, for his continuous work and dedication to Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

In addition, the Mike Daniel Award, recognizing individuals who strive for programming excellence, was presented to Mark Patterson.

As grounds maintenance coordinator for GCPR's conservation district, Patterson has been in the recreation field for more than 25 years, mostly on the programming and environmental side.

"We are very happy to announce that Dr. Steven Flynt was the recipient of the state volunteer award exemplifying those whose efforts have had lasting effects on recreation and leisure service programs. In addition, we are fortunate to have such talent as Dr. Mark Patterson and congratulate him on winning the Mike Daniel award recognizing him for his dedication to this field and excellence in programming," said Tina Fleming, Division Director, Parks and Recreation Operations.

According to its website, the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association was formed in 1945 as a private, nonprofit Institution "to support and promote the recreation and park industries within the state of Georgia. It is the only state organization that serves as an advocate for quality recreation and park areas, facilities, programs and services at the local level."

For more information, visit www.grpa.org.