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posted: 4/23/2013 11:05 AM

2 earn Wheeling Park District's Community Service Awards

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  • Dick Larson, left, and Dr. Gary Mical display their Community Service Awards.

    Dick Larson, left, and Dr. Gary Mical display their Community Service Awards.
    Courtesy of Wheeling Park District

Submitted by Wheeling Park District

On April 16, the Wheeling Park District presented Dr. Gary Mical and Dick Larson with Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Community Service Awards.

The award is given in recognition and appreciation of outstanding contributions toward the advancement of parks, recreation and leisure in the community and in Illinois.

Larson was recognized for helping launch the Pickleball program at the Wheeling Park District.

Pickleball quickly became one of the most popular programs at the Wheeling Park District and has been enjoyed by hundreds of residents.

Mical, former superintendent of School District 21, was instrumental in the creation of the cooperative Family Learning Program.

This initiative provides educational life skills to parents of second language families in School District 21 while their children enjoy supervised recreation activities organized by the park district.

Providing these opportunities helps make our community a better place to live.

The Wheeling Park District offers a wide range of athletic, cultural arts, fitness and leisure activities for all ages.

For information, visit or call (847) 465-3333.

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