Nancy Wallerstein of Prairie Village, a long-time Johnson County Parks and Recreations Commissioner, has received the Kansas Recreation and Park Association 2013 Distinguished Board Member Award. She has been a member of the Johnson County board since 1999.
“Nancy’s passion for making Johnson County a better place for people to live and work leads her to work around the clock not just for parks and recreation, but as an advocate for the quality of life in our community,” said JCPRD Executive Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Meadors. “She has walked the talk better than any board member, I believe, in my nearly 28 years with the district.”
“To be a part of Johnson County Park and Recreation District is a joy to me. I am always amazed at the depth and breadth of services that JCPRD provides on a daily basis to the community,” Wallerstein said.
In nominating her for the award, the district’s administrative team noted that she has overseen: the acquisition of more than $40 million in future parkland; the replacement of the 100-year-old Tomahawk Hills Golf Course clubhouse, as well as a partial redesign of the course; the development of several Streamway park trails; expansion and renovation of multiple parks; the construction of the New Century Fieldhouse, the only LEED-certified old recreation facility in the Kansas City metropolitan area; acquisition and renovation of the Mill Creek Activity Center; expansion of the Ernie Miller Nature Center; and renovation of The Theatre in the Park. Additionally, under Nancy’s leadership, park visitations have risen to more than 7 million annually and recreation participations to over 2.5 million annually.