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Carrollton Parks & Recreation Receives Award for Run for Rover Event

Post Date:03/12/2018 11:03 AM

Carrollton Parks & Recreation received the 2018 Lone Star Recreation Programming Achievement Award for its inaugural Run for Rover event on Thursday, March 1 from the Texas Recreation & Park Society (TRAPS).TRAPS-Award-Run

TRAPS grants the Lone Star Award  “for innovative and effective recreation programming to any organization that has offered, for the first time, a new program to client groups.” The society noted Carrollton’s Run for Rover event “stood out above the rest to exemplify commitment and dedication in the field of recreation.”

Parks & Recreation Athletics Manager Kim Bybee organized the inaugural Run for Rover 5K and fundraiser event in 2017 to not only target the ever-growing Carrollton canine community, but also showcase the City’s newly constructed McInnish Dog Park.

“We are extremely proud of having received this award,” Bybee said. “We received nothing but positive feedback from many of the participants and we recently completed our second successful Run for Rover on February 17.”

Bybee and Carrollton Parks & Recreation Director Scott Whitaker are shown with the award at the Waco Convention Center on March 1.

In addition to providing a fun venue for owners and dogs to run, the event also benefits the Carrollton Animal Services and Adoption Center with all proceeds from the event as well as donations of food, cat litter, cleaning supplies and blankets. The event raised over $4,300, more than one-third of the Animal Services annual operating budget.

The award was presented in Waco at the annual statewide conference.

For more information about Carrollton’s Parks & Recreation Department, call 972-466-9800 or visit

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