Attached photo and cutline: Hot Springs Parks and Recreation Director Jean Wallace presents the 2014 Program of the Year award for Young Lungs at Play to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee during their March meeting. Pictured left to right are PRAC members Gaylon Boshears, Julianne Williams, Ann Hair, Parks and Recreation Director Jean Wallace, PRAC members Burt Newell, Helen Selig, Rick Dwyer, and Kay Ekey.
HOT SPRINGS -- The Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) announced last month that the City of Hot Springs Parks and Recreation's Young Lungs at Play program was awarded the 2014 Program of the Year. The state award was presented to Hot Springs Parks and Recreation Director Jean Wallace at the annual ARPA Conference on March 13. Wallace stated, “Young Lungs at Play is the result of many organizations coming together and working to improve the quality of recreational areas in Hot Springs.”
A smoke and tobacco-free administrative policy for all parks was signed by City Manager David Watkins in 2013. Parks and Recreation partnered with Garland County C.A.R.E.S. to create signs for display in the parks. Additional partners in the project include Stamp Out Smoking, Your Tobacco Settlement Dollars at Work and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.