The Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Award was established to pay tribute to lifelong parks volunteer Bill Thomas and to honor and encourage those residents who also demonstrate a passionate dedication and support for our dynamic programs, natural resources and public open spaces.
2012 Award Winners
The 2012 Bill Thomas award winners have been selected! Congratulations to Steve Young (individual) and Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center (group). The 2012 winners will be presented with their awards at the April 23 County Board meeting at 6:30pm. A reception will follow the award presentation in the Cherry Conference Room on the first floor of the Courthouse Plaza building.
Steve Young has had a long-standing commitment to protecting Arlington’s natural resources – and for working to remove non-native plant species’ from our parks. A well-known figure for invasive plant removal at Long Branch Park, Mr. Young has also been involved in a variety of other projects, including regular park and stream clean-ups, leading bird walks and surveys, and blogging about parks and his volunteer experiences.
Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center (FoGBNC) is an extremely dedicated group of citizens who provide invaluable support to the center. In 2009, when the center was slated to close due to budget cuts, the group raised $10,000 to continue operations. In addition to the monetary assistance the FoGBNC provides, volunteers from the group also participate in and host events to raise funds for improvements such as the aviary for the center’s barred owl that was constructed in 2011.
Bill Thomas was a tireless worker on the behalf of Arlington's parks and citizens. His dedication over the years sets an inspiring example for others. "The Bill Thomas Park Service Volunteer Award" was established both to pay tribute to Bill Thomas and to honor and encourage similar dedication among other residents and organizations.
Nominations for The Bill Thomas Park Service Award must be delivered to Susan Kalish: Bill Thomas Park Service Award, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 414, Arlington, VA 22201, or emailed, or faxed to 703-228-3328 by 5:00pm, February 15, 2013.