Tennis advocate Elliott honored by parks group

Longtime Grand Valley tennis supporter Lena Elliott was honored for her contributions during the 2009 Midwest Region Parks and Recreation Conference in Grand Junction.

City officials announced Tuesday that Elliott received the Individual Citation Award, an honor presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the park, recreation and
conservation movements.

Elliott and her husband, Carter, were inducted into the Colorado Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2001, and the tennis courts at Mesa State College are named after them.

More than 150 parks and recreation professionals from six states attended conference at Two Rivers Convention Center last week.

During that same conference, the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture received the Arts and Humanities Award. The award goes to any leisure service agency in the Midwest Region of the National Recreation and Park Association that has conducted an innovative or creative program in arts and humanities during the last year.

The Arts Commission was selected because of its grant program, which seeks to increase arts and cultural activities in the community. The commission has awarded $330,000 to nonprofit organizations in the past 16 years for everything from symphony concerts and art exhibits to museum festivals and art classes.


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