Linda Jungwirth – 2001 Park Citizen of the Year
Linda Jungwirth received the Park Citizen of the Year Award from the Friends of the Parks and Trails for the exceptional work she has done surrounding the 38 acre Trillium site located in St. Paul’s North End neighborhood. Linda has demonstrated the importance of establishing a Greenway from the Mississippi River to the northern city limits of St. Paul by incorporating Swede Hollow/Lower Phalen, Trillium and the Arlington/Jackson sites. She has worked tirelessly for the preservation of the Trillium site by coordinating efforts to preserve the site, circulating petitions, testifying at numerous public hearings and gathering support from community groups, the school district, elected officials, business owners, and environmental groups. Linda has done outstanding work in trying to protect, secure, and develop open green spaces that will enhance the community and city as a whole.
Sandy Martin Honored By Friends of the Parks and Trails
Sandy Martin, Mayor of Shoreview, was honored by the Friends of the Parks and Trails at their annual meeting on June 20, 2001. She received the Public Service Award for the work she has done to support parks and trails in Shoreview.
Sandy has been working for over twenty-five years to support parks and trails, first as a member of the Shoreview Planning Commission, as a City Council member, and now as Mayor of Shoreview. She has worked for the development and improvement to McCullough Park; development of trails within the city; development of the Super Rink in Blaine; development of the Rice Creek Fields and Trails; cooperation with the School District to provide for recreational opportunities for youth; and currently on the expansion of the community center.
Shoreview has always had a strong tradition of support for parks, recreation and trails and Sandy has been a big part of that tradition.
Pamela Carson, Little Canada, was honored by the Friends of the Parks and Trails at their annual meeting on June 21, 2001. She received an award for outstanding service to parks and trails.
The Friends said she typifies the type of person who makes parks better by quietly doing things to improve the parks. Pamela focused her activities on Lake Gervais where she cleaned up the park each day, both summer and winter. She also worked with the youth of the area supervising fishing activities on the shores of Lake Gervais, and teaching kids the conventions, safety and responsibilities inherent in the sport of fishing. This type of informal activity is highly valuable in forming the values of the next generation who will themselves become the caretakers of our parks and trails.
Karlyn was honored by the Friends of the Parks and Trails at their annual meeting. Karlyn has been active in the past 5 years helping to protect, acquire and promote the stewardship of the Kasota Pond green space and park areas in St. Anthony Park. She has initiated community-based activities to mitigate the negative impacts of industrial development on natural remnants, including habitat improvement, citizen-science based monitoring, and educational opportunities.
Karlyn was the primary organizer of the annual Kasota pond clean up for the last five years. She was co-author and primary organizer of the 2000 Department of Natural Resources Metro Greenways Grant for the St. Anthony Park Natural Resources Inventory and Planning Initiative. During the past two years she has been instrumental in garnering the funds for the initiative, hiring staff, and organizing professional and non-professional volunteers to help with the inventory.
Barbara Heideman, Roseville, received an award for outstanding service to parks from the Friends of the Parks and Trails. Barbara has been instrumental in leading the effort to establish dog parks in Ramsey County. She incorporated and organized ROMP (Responsible Owners of Mannerly Pets) and has led the way in encouraging the creation of off-leash recreation areas outside of Ramsey County and lending her expertise on the best practices of dog parks throughout the metro area.