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  • Planning division manager honored by national association of peers

    Oct 24, 2013 | Read More News
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    Steve Anderson, planning division manager for Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, has received the Professional Fellow award from the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials (NACPRO).
    Steve Anderson
    “NACPRO recognizes excellence in county and regional park districts to share creative solutions and encourage others to dream and innovate,” according to a NACPRO newsletter article about the annual awards. The organization recognized 12 park districts with 22 awards this year.

    “Steve Anderson’s trail work has changed the face of Pima County, leaving an indelible imprint on our community,” said Chris Cawein, Director of Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. 

    “Through his passion and vision for building trails that are accessible, Pima County has gained national recognition as a community that  values its culture of beautiful open spaces and landscapes.”

    Sue Clark, president of the Pima Trails Association, nominated Anderson for the award.

    “Steve Anderson has been the (County’s) planning and trails official for 18½ years, and he's a true ‘360 professional,’ " Clark wrote. “By that I mean he represents all users with his outstanding ‘respectful mutual accommodation’ multi-use approach, handles all planning matters with a smile, is a terrific listener, and is a superb representative for all users.

    “He managed our original 1989 Trail System Master Plan and wrote our new Pima Regional Trail System Master Plan, expanding trails by almost 800 miles (from 1,505 to 2,275). He created a 2,200-acre ‘trails park’ system. He developed 32 difficult miles of the 817-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail, and got the 336-mile CAP National Recreation Trail and the 1,200-mile Anza National Historic Trail going. He's done trails in our mountain parks, is on the committee for (The) Loop. He also wrote two grants ($1.2 million) to fund Pima Motorsports Park so motorized users could be legal.”

    Please check out this March 4, 2012, column about Anderson in the Arizona Daily Star.

    “I love my job,” Anderson said, “and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”