Forest Park and Highland Park took time this weekend to honor the many volunteers that help keep our parks beautiful. Forest and Highland Park Administrator Debby Kuha told a gathering at Oak Ridge of Friday February 26th that in 2015 there were 1,339 volunteers in Forest Park totaling 4,313 hours. In Highland Park, there were 862 volunteers who put in an amazing 10,569 hours. Below, Ms. Kuha takes a few moments to thank all of the volunteers who came out to celebrate.

The Commissioner for the City of New York Parks Department Mitchell Silver, said that the city owes a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who really make our parks special. 

There was a large group assembled to see two awards given out, one for Volunteer Group of the Year and one for an Individual.

Commissioner Silver read a brief bio of the award winners.

The group award went to the Queens College Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program. This group enthusiastically came up together to accept their well-deserved award for the many hours they put in.

Several of our elected officials sent representatives with awards and certificates.

Congratulations to the group from Queens College!

The President of the K9 Korral Dog Run in Forest Park was the Individual Volunteer of the Year - Ms. Charlotte Butler!

Here, Charlotte received her award from Commissioner Silver.

Congratulations Charlotte - it is an award that is well-deserved!

Here is Woodhaven's Charlotte Butler with her husband John. Congratulations to all volunteer award winners!

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Photos by Joey Wendell