Past Parks Board President Terry Prather Honored during Recognition Ceremony
Former Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Parks Board President, Andrew “Terry” Prather, was honored at the department’s administrative office in a special ceremony and reception that was attended by a large contingency of elected officials, civic leaders, parks board members, leadership and staff, as well as family and friends of the humble man that has served the community he loves for more than five decades. Guests gathered to recognize the selfless contributions Mr. Prather has made, beginning with his coaching in the Carmel Pups youth football program and leading up to the leadership role he undertook during the early, formative years of the county parks department.
During the ceremony, Hamilton County Commissioners Christine Altman and Steven Dillinger issued Mr. Prather the prestigious Hamilton County Continental Award and Hamilton County Council Members Brad Beaver, Mark Hall and Steve Nation were on hand to present Terry with a plaque containing a formal declaration of appreciation from the council on behalf of the Hamilton County community. HCPR Director, Chris Stice, presented the past parks board president a commemorative medallion for his thirty-seven years of uninterrupted service to the Hamilton County Parks Department.
The highlight of the evening came when the commissioners, council members, parks board members and leadership informed Terry that the county was bestowing upon him the honor of renaming River Road Park - PRATHER PARK. He and his wife, Donna and their daughters Andrea and Kim were then presented scaled-down replicas of the park’s future entrance signs that will feature the Prather name. Parks department officials stated that the timing of the park’s public rededication ceremony and on site unveiling of its new signage will be announced at a later date.