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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fairfax County park volunteers honored

Lassine Doumbia at Indonesian Cultural Heritage Night at Ossian Hall Park earlier this month.
Volunteers involved with initiatives in the Annandale/Mason area are those recognized by the Fairfax County Park Authority in the 2013 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards program.

Lassine Doumbia, a volunteer since 2010 at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale who ensures that the community concert series runs smoothly, was selected by the Park Board to receive an Elly Doyle Special Recognition Award.

The Friends of Green Spring Gardens (FROGS) Board of Directors will also receive a special recognition award for their efforts to open the garden’s programs to children and “taking seriously the business of friend-raising.”

The Elly Doyle Park Service Awards recognize volunteers who make outstanding contributions of time and talent to the Fairfax County park system. The awards will be presented  at a ceremony at the Waterford in Fairfax Nov. 22.

This year’s recipients of Elly Doyle Park Service Awards, announced by the Park Authority July 24, include:

  •  Jim Hickey, a volunteer at Lake Accotink Park for more than 17 years, emcee for the Cardboard Boat Regatta, and a formative figure with the Friends of Lake Accotink Park;
  • Howard Albers, a volunteer with the Fairfax County Park Foundation since 2011 who helped the parks obtain more than $600,000 in grants and awards; and
  • Sarah Kirk, the founder and president of Turner Farm Events, a non-profit organization set up to support the equestrian activities at Turner Farm in Great Falls.

In addition to Doumbia and the FROGS board, Elly Doyle Special Recognition Awards will also be presented to:
  • Casto DeBiasi, an avid golfer at age 92 and a volunteer at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton for the past 23 years;
  • The Great Falls Trail Blazers, a group that coordinates volunteer labor and helped revise policies to preserve historic Georgetown Pike;
  •  Lynn Mulvey-McFerron, assistant coach and logistician for the championship-Envirothon Team at Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield; and
  • Melina Tye who created the Resource Management Volunteers at Huntley Meadows.
Two student honorees were also selected:
  • Monica Banghart, who has contributed more than 1,000 hours as a volunteer at Hidden Pond Nature Center; and
  • Rohil Bhinge, age 9, who raised more than $1,350 for Chessie’s Big Backyard, a fully accessible playground at Lee District Park in Franconia.
The award program was established in 1988 in recognition of Ellamae Doyle’s many years of service and accomplishment as a member and chair of the Park Authority Board.

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