City wins award for Sleepy Hole work

Published 7:12 pm Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Suffolk Department of Parks and Recreation received an honorable mention for the Sleepy Hole Park canoe and kayak launch and pier in the category for implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan, during a recent event.

The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, presented recently at the Environment Virginia Symposium at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, recognize successful and innovative projects in the categories of sustainability program, environmental project, land conservation and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan.

Located all around the commonwealth and from several sectors, winners represent a variety of achievements benefitting Virginia’s natural environment.

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“The organizations recognized have proven their dedication to protecting Virginia’s environment, and it is an honor to acknowledge their achievements,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. “Their accomplishments can inspire others to reduce their own environmental footprint and preserve important landscapes.”

Award winners were chosen based on criteria including environmental benefit, stakeholder involvement, public outreach, transferability and innovativeness.

The awards are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.