Greater Metro Parks Foundation recognizes an inspirational collaboration

TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound faculty and students and their partners at University of Washington Tacoma and McCarver Elementary School have been recognized for their work on the Zina Linnik Project,

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, the three partnering institutions were presented with the Outstanding Project Award from Greater Metro Parks Foundation for their exceptional leadership and contributions to the project.

The Zina Linnik Project aims to create safe places for children to play. It brought together many in the Hilltop and surrounding community in an effort to raise $3.5 million to renovate McCarver and Wright parks. More than $3 million has been raised so far. The two rejuvenated parks opened in May 2011 with a march and a celebration involving more than 1,500 people, on a day declared Play in Peace Day.

At this week’s ceremony, attended by more than 500 people, President Ronald R. Thomas and alumna and comparative sociology major Maggie Tweedy ’10 accepted the award on behalf of University of Puget Sound participants.

Read about the award ceremony and the project in the Tacoma Daily Index:

Read about the ongoing collaboration that has led to college students and elementary school students sharing classes and learning from each other:

Photo on page: Students from McCarver Elementary School show off the plan for one of the park renovations.

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