Top area recreation volunteers named


Published: Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 10:42 p.m.
A Gainesville police officer and a man who has pushed for construction of a local fishing pond are the city's top recreation volunteers this year.
The city's Public Recreation Board selected Duane Diehl and Wally Grant as recipients of the Albert "Ray" Massey Citizen Volunteer Awards. The awards are given to volunteers who have made outstanding efforts to promote recreational activities in Gainesville.
Diehl, a Gainesville Police Department officer, has coached the city's All-Star team for three of the past four years. He also served as president this year of a new baseball booster organization, which raised nearly $12,000 for such things as improvements at city baseball facilities.
Grant pushed for the construction of a half-acre community fishing pond at the University of Florida's department of fisheries and aquatic sciences in northwest Gainesville. The pond has been used for educational field trips, youth activities and monthly community fishing events.
The pond was the site of Fishing for Success, a youth fishing program that drew at least 12,000 participants this year.
The award is named after Albert "Ray" Massey, the city's former Recreation and Parks director and a current Public Recreation advisory board member.

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