The Charter Township of York presented a beautiful certificate to Frank X. Stukenborg at its regular meeting Feb. 9, praising him for his contributions to the Parks and Recreation Committee.
Board Member Jill Hargrove, who presented the certificate to him, serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee and said she was honored to hand him the certificate.
“I’ve watched his dedication to the parks for the last eight years,” she commented.
Supervisor John Stanowski also applauded Stukenborg for his work.
“I’ve never seen a more dedicated father to the parks than Frank. He has steered a dedicated group of volunteers who made the parks what they are,” he said.
Stukenborg assured everyone that he has enjoyed his time on the parks committee.
“I honestly don’t think I could have found a more fun experience in my retirement years,” he told her.
“It’s time to turn over the reigns to other people, but I will remain on the board,” he added.
In 2002, Stukenborg was the first person appointed to deal with parks and recreation for the township. At that time, it was called the York Township Ad Hoc Park Committee.
He was appointed by Supervisor Bill Dean, and kept his position when the township established a parks and recreation committee.
Stanowski credits Stukenborg with helping to find the “Berg” property south of Saline-Milan Road and north of Maple Road. The property connects to the Saline River. A committee called Friends of the Saline River has been formed, with Stukenborg as one of the board members, to work on creating a nature preserve there.
“Frank’s always looking for water-accessible property. He is really a dedicated person,” Stanowski declared.