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Posted on: March 29, 2018

City’s Long-Time Parks & Recreation Director, Barbara Sanderson, Honored by TRAPS


City’s Long-Time Parks & Recreation Director, Barbara Sanderson, Honored by Texas Recreation & Parks Association as the East Region Director of The Year

Galveston, TX – March 29th, 2018 – With over 20 years’ worth of dedication and perseverance, and an ever-growing list of accomplishments, Barbara Sanderson has been named the 2017 Texas Recreation & Parks Association’s East Region Director of the Year. She accepted the award last month while simultaneously being seated on the Board of Directors for the organization. Both are honors fitting of Barbara’s dedication to advancing recreational opportunities and park development across Galveston.

Throughout her career, her leadership, dedication, humility, and resilience have been shining examples to the staff members that she leads and it was because of their nomination that she was honored with this award.

“I believe you would be hard pressed to find anyone in our community who doesn’t believe our parks, recreational opportunities, and facilities are better now than they have ever been, in large part because of Barbara Sanderson, and her valiant work, endless effort, and remarkable leadership,” said the City’s Special Events Coordinator Megan Pierce.

Galveston’s City Manager, Brian Maxwell, also weighed in saying, “Barbara was involved in evacuation and recovery projects after Hurricane Ike struck Galveston in 2008 and was materially involved in the evacuation efforts of the Dickinson residents during Hurricane Harvey… She is involved with many local community organizations to support City initiatives and programs and under her stewardship the Department frequently receives praise from the community.”

Over the last two years alone, Barbara Sanderson has had a hand in the design, coordination, construction, and implementation of the following projects: the Lasker Park Community Pool, Crockett Park, Lee and Joe Jamail Park, Wright Cuney Park, Schreiber Park, San Jacinto Park, Menard Park, Lindale Park, Kempner Park, Historic Broadway Beautification, and Adoue Park.

Her partnerships with organizations such as Better Parks for Galveston, the Galveston Historical Foundation, and Texas Parks and Wildlife aide in the advancement of community parks and recreational facilities here in Galveston. As a unique, coastal City that prides itself on community, tourism, and our history, these areas can sometimes be a challenge to unite together. She has repeatedly demonstrated that no task is too big, and no idea too bold when you work together to accomplish the same goals.

Congratulations Barbara, we applaud all that you have done and continue to do to make Galveston Island a better place to live, work, and play.

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