Long-time nature enthusiast, green space advocate and Oakwood resident Jean Woodhull has been selected as the recipient of The Outstanding Citizen Award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA).
Parks and recreation professionals, citizens and legislators were nominated by parks and recreation professionals and agencies from throughout the state. The award winners will be recognized at the annual OPRA Awards Celebration and Dinner on Feb. 4 in Sandusky, Ohio.
Woodhull, along with other visionary citizens, recognized the need to preserve open space in Montgomery County and the greater Dayton region. She was instrumental in organizing the “Save Open Space Committee” in the 1960s that ultimately gained community support and funding for the park district now known as Five Rivers MetroParks. In addition to her role in helping establish the park district, Woodhull also served on its Board of Commissioners for a decade.
“These individuals really represent some of the best in parks and recreation, past, present and future,” said OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward. “Each of these winners understands the vital role that parks and recreation plays in establishing and maintaining community and building quality of life.”