Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Receives National Award for Project Excellence

May 4, 2017

PHOENIX – The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) recognized Arizona State Parks and Trails (ASPT) for their work developing Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. The Project Excellence Award was presented to ASPT on May 4, 2017 at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference held in Scottsdale.

“We are proud of the work that has been done to create a lasting legacy for the Granite Mountain Hotshots,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Thanks to the contributions of many, Arizona has a memorial state park dedicated to the lives of these brave hotshots.”

“Many visitors share their experiences with us after visiting the memorial, and we are humbled to hear that the park is an appropriate tribute to the Hotshots,” said Sue Black, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks and Trails. “Thank you to SORP for recognizing the efforts of so many individuals and businesses that gave their time and resources to provide a place to honor the Hotshots.”

Arizona State Parks and Trails dedicated Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park, Arizona’s first memorial park, on November 29, 2016. The park serves as a lasting tribute to 19 Hotshots, elite wildland firefighters, who lost their lives on June 30, 2013, in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The 320-acre park is the only memorial for first responders of its kind in the country. For more information about the park visit azstateparks.com/hotshots.

The Project Excellence Award honors an exemplary outdoor recreation project, plan or program. This award recognizes innovative and solution-oriented practices, built projects, recreation programs and services that strive to enhance outdoor recreation benefits for communities.

WHAT:  Arizona State Parks and Trails receives Project Excellence Award for Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference by the Society of Recreation Professionals.
   
WHERE:  Saguaro Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ
 
WHEN:  Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

For information about all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Program and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit azstateparks.com.

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