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Posted on: November 3, 2017

New Kent County Parks & Recreation Director wins service award


New Kent County Parks and Recreation Director Kim Turner was recently selected as a recipient of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s (VRPS) Distinguished Service Award. One of 14 awards presented by VRPS, the Distinguished Service Award is judged by a jury of its peers. Turner, who has worked for New Kent County since 2005, received her award last week at the 63rd Annual Conference of the VRPS held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

The entry, written by her staff, highlighted a few of her contributions on the community level. “She has a genuine love for the field of recreation and displayed that by participating in a collaboration with the local middle school to teach students about the recreation field and developing a park,” the nomination read. “She also volunteers her time teaching leisure education and the importance of self-awareness with local churches and senior adult groups. She partners with the Special Education Advisory Commission to develop additional opportunities for participants with special needs. She develops programs for Recreation staff, as well as interdepartmental staff, other County agencies and organizations regarding the role of recreation.”

“Receiving the VRPS Distinguished Service Award is representative of individual leadership, professional pride and a passion for the Parks and Recreation field,” said Turner. “However, this service is supported by the Parks & Recreation team, local New Kent leaders, and colleagues throughout the state.  It would be remiss of me if I did not mention the support of Parks and Recreation Assistant Director, Jason Baldwin and my awesome family!”

Turner has served as the past chair for the VRPS Central Service Area.   In addition, she was sworn in to serve on this year’s VRPS’s Board of Directors.

The mission of the VRPS is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks, and other leisure services of the Commonwealth of Virginia. More information on VRPS can be found at

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