Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commissioner Pecky D. Lewis, Jr. of Bloomfield Hills received the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials Outstanding Public Official Award in July.
The award recognizes one federal, state or local official each year who has contributed significantly to the benefit of parks, recreation, leisure services and open space programs.
Lewis has served as a parks commissioner for 30 years and was chairman for 18 years. He received the award for his support of park development with projects such as the acquisition of Lyon Oaks and Rose Oaks county parks, opening of Red Oaks Dog Park and Waterpark, construction of Paradise Peninsula Playscape at Waterford Oaks, opening 36,000 square feet of greenhouse space and adding 4,000 square feet to the Lewis E. Wint Nature Center at Independence Oaks County Park.
Lewis is a leader of adaptive recreation, helping the park system to be accessible to all abilities. He aided in the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Master Plan, which guides future direction within the parks.