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Three Rivers Park District To Honor 2019 Distinguished Volunteers

Apr 10, 2019 08:02PM
Last year, Three Rivers Park District had more than 780 ongoing volunteers who donated over 37,800 hours to programs and services within the park system.

To recognize these contributions, Three Rivers Park District recognizes volunteers each year through the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award program.

“The Distinguished Volunteer Service Award program is a way to acknowledge outstanding
representatives of our dedicated park volunteers,” Three Rivers Park District Volunteer Coordinator Deb Vosler said. “Without our volunteers, we simply would not be able to deliver the number of high-quality programs and services to the public that we do.”

This year’s six Distinguished Volunteer Service Award recipients have contributed a combined total of 8,621 hours of volunteer service to the Park District - 1,047 of those hours in 2018.

The 2019 recipients are include two Maple Grove residents - Kristi Ball (Ski Patroller and Patrol Instructor with Three Rivers Ski Patrol at Hyland Hills Ski Area) and Mark Basiletti (Natural Resources Surveyor and Project Assistant at Elm Creek Park Reserve).

Ball has been volunteering for Three Rivers for over 23 years - logging in 2,012 hours. 

“Kristi’s knowledge, patience, and calmness shines through with every person she interacts with. Whether that’s a patron she’s giving aid to, or a new patroller she is mentoring,” Director of
Enterprise Operations Jeff May said. “Kristi is a true ambassador for Hyland Hills Ski Area and Three Rivers Park District.”

Basiletti has been volunteering for Three Rivers for just over seven years - serving 1,072 hours.

“Mark is a very dedicated volunteer who has given hundreds and hundreds of hours of his time
to enhance the natural resources of the parks,” Three Rivers Invasive Species Coordinator Missy
Anderson said. “Mark has a wealth of experience and knowledge from a long career in natural resources, which he graciously shares with staff and other volunteers.”

Other 2019 recipients are include Bill Brechtel (Program Assistant and Park Patroller, Outdoor Recreation School, Community Engagement, Gale Woods Farm, and various park locations),  Grace Butzow (Youth Volunteer-Animal Care, Program and Project Assistant, Lowry Nature Center and Gale Woods Farm), Mason Butzow (Youth Volunteer-Animal Care, Program and Project Assistant, Lowry Nature Center and Gale Woods Farm), and Jane Ladky (Animal Care Specialist and Natural Resources Monitor, Richardson Nature Center). 

The award recipients will be honored by the Park District Board of Commissioners with a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Park District’s Administrative Center in Plymouth.

Recipients of the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award are recognized on plaques at facilities around the Park District. 

For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Park District, visit or contact the Volunteer Office at 763-559-6706.

Information provided by Three Rivers Park District 

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