SAN DIEGO–Supervisor Greg Cox has won a national award for his leadership efforts to create parks and open spaces in San Diego County.
Cox won the “Outstanding Public Official” award from the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials (NACPRO), an affiliate of both the National Association of Counties and the National Recreation and Park Association.
NACPRO Awards Committee Chairman Randy Burkhardt announced the award in a letter to the County of San Diego.
The award is given to a federal, state or local official who has contributed significantly to parks systems and open space programs.
He championed the Bayshore Bikeway, a 24-mile bicycle pathway around San Diego Bay. He has led an unprecedented acquisition and protection of open spaces. He enhanced more than 2,000 acres of parks in the Otay Valley, Sweetwater Valley and Tijuana River Valley regional parks and established a vast network of trails. He is pushing the local effort to develop the San Diego segment of the California Coastal Trail, a 1,200-mile trail from the Mexican border to Oregon. Supervisor Cox was the driving force in the establishment of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and is working to develop the Salt Works Entryway project near the refuge.
“This award is nice, but really this about giving the families of San Diego parks and open spaces that they can enjoy,” said Supervisor Cox.
Supervisor Cox is scheduled to receive the award at NACPRO’s Awards Banquet July 15.