Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS) has presented the 2011 Distinguished Private Sector Service Award to STIHL, Inc. for its partnership with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation in the annual Professional Land Care Network (PLANET) Day of Service. The awards banquet was held on Sept. 10, 2012 during the VRPS annual conference.

For the past four years, STIHL employees, in conjunction with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation and area landscape and tree care companies, have helped clean up and beautify a major city park. The 2011 partnership provided an estimated $10,000 worth of renovations to Munden Point Park in Virginia Beach on May 7, 2011. Included in the cleanup and beautification activities for the project were the removal of hazardous trees, new tree plantings, tree pruning, establishment of new plant beds, painting, fence repair, cleaning of flower beds, and replenishment of volleyball court sand and playground mulch. STIHL employees and their families donated their time to benefit the community by providing resources for the cleanup effort.
 
Over the past four years, STIHL employees have volunteered over 1,400 hours and saved the city of Virginia Beach over $60,000 through the STIHL PLANET Day of Service along with support from area tree care and landscape companies, including Bartlett Tree Experts, K&D Round’s Landscape Services and Poor Folks Tree Service. 
 
The 2011 VRPS Distinguished Private Sector Service Award is given in recognition of demonstrated support for the parks and recreation profession, VRPS, or a specific parks or recreation organization by a private sector entity or business.

Photo: Virginia Parks and Recreation Director Michael Kalvort presents Anita Gambill, public relations specialist from STIHL, Inc., with the VRPS Distinguished Private Sector Service Award.