The Texas Recreation and Park Society Institute honored the City of West University Place with its most prestigious award this month at the Galveston Island Convention Center. West University Place is the only city with a population under 20,000 to be given this designation this year.
In receiving the Gold Medal Award, West University City Manager M. Christopher Peifer said, “The City of West University Place is so very honored to receive this recognition for the forethought of its elected officials and appointed board members over the years.
“Our residents value our parks and programs and have been extraordinarily philanthropic in support them in both in their volunteerism; as well as, their financial donations,” he says. “I am proud of the unceasing efforts of staff to create a premier program for a premier city.”
The statewide Gold Medal Award honors communities that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, community programs and events, environmental stewardship, program development, marketing and promotional efforts. Award nominees are measured on the ability to address the needs of those they serve, and in West U, this includes many families with young children, seniors and those taking advantage of quality of life and continued health improvement offerings.