Alfonso Hurtado received the Dedicated to Excellence Award at the Feb. 18, board meeting, from Paul Cathey, superintendent of Parks and Planning.
Hurtado was recognized for his quiet leadership and extensive skill set, his strong work ethic and long-standing loyalty to the Des Plaines Park District.
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The Dedicated to Excellence Award is presented three times a year to employees who have made a positive contribution to the park district. Potential recipients are nominated by park district staff members, and evaluated by the Employee Relations Committee and administrators for creativity, responsibility, community relations and customer service.
Hurtado began his career at the Des Plaines Park District in May 1999, as a part-time landscape maintenance worker. Within four months he was offered a full-time position. His responsibilities include turf mowing and maintenance; athletic field layout and set up; tree trimming and planting; hardscape construction including building retaining walls; snow removal; and general maintenance in all of the district's 54 parks.
"Al is one of the hardest-working people I have had the pleasure to work with," said Cathey, "and no matter how hard he is working, or what the conditions are, he always takes time to smile and say hello. He sets a great example for our other parks staff and is always happy to be on the job. Al is retiring in June and will be missed."
For information about the Des Plaines Park District, visit www.DPParks.org.
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