Haggard, staff praised for work in parks and recreation

J. MICHAEL ROSS JRoss@EmpireTribune.com
SPARD Superintendent Brenda Haggard and Mark Lord of TAAF during Tuesday's meeting of the Stephenville City Council.

Stephenville has won the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation [TAAF] Gold Member City Award for the 12th time and was presented with a plaque by the organization's Mark Lord at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

During the presentation Lord said, "I can't say enough good things about Stephenville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Brenda Haggard and her staff. They are so active and consistent in keeping up their high standards.

"Stephenville would probably win a Gold Member City Award every year but cities are only eligible every five years. The city has also won a bronze and three platinum awards over their long association with TAAF that goes back over 50 years that I know of."

Lord said that the way these awards are computed is a little complicated but basically it's based on the size of the city and its population participation ratio. Stephenville is one of 140 TAAF member cities with populations less than 200,000.

"It's really impressive what Stephenville does with parks and recreation given its size," Lord said. "It's just about as good as it gets here."