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Newport Public Services Employee Inducted Into RI Recreation & Parks Association – Hall of Fame

Post Date:06/09/2015 2:16 PM

Press Release

Newport, RI—Newport Public Services Department is proud to announce that Carol Mureddu, Recreation Program Supervisor, has been inducted into the 2015 Rhode Island Recreation & Parks Association RI Hall of Fame.  “We are very proud that Carol has achieved this special recognition after being nominated by her recreation industry peers in the State of Rhode Island,” said William Riccio, Director of Public Services.  “The City of Newport is extremely lucky to have her as a member of our team as her dedication and talent to the recreation profession are an inspiration to all.”

The RI Recreation & Parks Association (RIRPA) is an association made up of parks and recreation professionals dedicated to the advancement of parks and recreation programs and services in Rhode Island. The Association participates in the National Parks and Recreation Association’s national certification program and honors outstanding achievement in the parks and recreation field by presenting annual awards at their conference, which includes the RIRPA Hall of Fame award.

After graduating from Keene State College in 1992 Mureddu worked for the North Attleboro Park and Recreation Department part-time until she came on full-time for the Newport Recreation Department in 1994. Mureddu advanced from member at large to Vice President of the RIRPA from 2013-2015. Nominated by her peers for her impactful work with the state association, Mureddu was honored by the RIRPA Hall of Fame award she received this May.  “Anytime you are recognized by your peers, it’s very special,” says Mureddu.  “I am in this industry because I love what I do and I feel very honored by this recognition.”

One of the many programming efforts Mureddu has been responsible for growing and maintaining is the Children’s Night at Easton’s Beach.  This past year she applied to the RI Foundation for a grant on behalf of the Newport Recreation Division.  Thanks to her efforts the $3,500 grant from the RI Foundation’s Newport County Fund was awarded to sponsor the Children’s Night at the Beach Program for 2015. “Recreation is very important for so many kids, families, and adults,” Mureddu says.  “To see the happy faces and the kids participating is great.”

To learn more about the Newport Recreation Department’s programming efforts, including the Family and Children’s Night Performance and Concert series, go the City of Newport’s Recreation  Department’s page at: http://ww.cityofnewport.com/departments/recreation-580.

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