County Parks Wins Multiple State Awards

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Onondaga County Parks took home multiple honors at the 2024 New York State Recreation and Parks Society (NYSRPS) Awards Dinner held this week in Glens Falls, NY. The annual ceremony recognizes the achievements and efforts in the field of parks and recreation throughout the state. County parks team members and partners took home to following honors:

  • Leiko Kiggins, Director of Recreation - Distinguished Service - This is most prestigious award that NYSRPS offers. It is for significant contributions to the advancement of the leisure field over a period of 10 years or more.
  • Brian Kelley, Commissioner - Outstanding Service - An individual who has made outstanding contributions to enrich lives of individuals in neighborhoods, communities or the State of New York, through recreation, parks and conservation.
  • Cindy Meili, Volunteer - Distinguished Citizen Award - Recognizes a citizen, community park board member or volunteer who has demonstrated exceptional efforts towards enhancing and supporting parks and recreation in their community and/or New York.
  • Pickleball Complex - Exceptional Facility Design - Given to a park facility that opened during the prior calendar year and exhibits creative/exceptional design qualities.
  • Fishstock - Special Event Award - Partnership with Fayetteville Recreation Commission; Village of Manlius Parks & Recreation; Village of Minoa; Town of Manlius Recreation and New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.


The New York State Parks & Recreation Society is made up of a diverse group of public and private sector professionals, students, municipal board or commission members and commercial vendors. The organization promotes and supports Park and Recreation professionals and the field of leisure services through networking, advocacy and professional development. 

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