The 72nd Great Lakes Park Training Institute (GLPTI) was held from February 25-28 at its traditional location at Pokagon State Park. Just over 250 people attended this year’s conference.
Four individuals were awarded Garrett G. Eppley Scholarships to attend the Institute. The scholarships, which are named after Dr. Garrett Eppley, cover GLPTI registration fees for up-and-coming park professionals in exchange for five volunteer hours during the event. The 2019 scholarship winners are Jason Black, Phelicia Jozwiak, Ethan Peterson and Jacob Vegter.
Park, Facility, or Program Awards were given to Vigo County Parks and Recreation for the Griffin Bike Park, and to Metroparks Toledo for their Howard Marsh Metropark. Griffin Bike Park is a multi-venue progression-based bike park built to serve riders of all levels. By restoring 700 acres of high-quality habitat near the shores of western Lake Erie, Howard Marsh Metropark helps achieve regional water quality objectives and creates world-class recreational opportunities for birding, boating, fishing, and hunting.
The Institute’s highest individual honor is the Richard Lawson Award for Professional Excellence. The Lawson Award is given annually to individuals who exemplify continued and significant contributions to the parks and recreation profession in the Great Lakes region. The 2019 Lawson Award winner is Joseph Wynns.
The 73rd Great Lakes Park Training Institute will take place on February 24-27, 2020.