Kordiak earns state award for support of parks, recreation

Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak received the 2013 Board and Commission Award at the annual awards ceremony of the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association.

The MRPA is a professional membership association serving more than 1,000 members statewide.

Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak celebrates his 2013 Board and Commission Award from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association with family members. Submitted photo

Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak celebrates his 2013 Board and Commission Award from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association with family members. Submitted photo

The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to public parks and recreation through involvement on policy committees and boards. It has been given by the MRPA since 1972.

Kordiak has been on the Anoka County Board’s Parks and Recreation Committee during his entire 27-year term as a county commissioner and has served as committee chairperson for the last four years.

He has attended more than 300 meetings of the committee and has provided guidance on the acquisition of nearly 5,000 acres of parkland and the opening of two new regional parks, two conservation areas and four regional trails.

Kordiak has also been involved in the planning and development of the Bunker Beach Water Park, Chomonix Golf Course, Wargo Nature Center and the Banfill Locke Center for the Arts.

“This award is a direct result of Commissioner Kordiak’s outstanding vision, leadership and commitment to the county park system,” said John VonDeLinde, county division manager for parks and community services.

VonDeLinde gave the opening comments for Kordiak’s award.

Kordiak’s father, Albert Kordiak, was instrumental in gaining legislative authority in 1963 for counties in Minnesota to establish county park systems.

He served as a county commissioner from 1955 to 1987 and was the first recipient of the MRPA Board and Commission Award in 1972.

Today, Anoka County manages more than 11,000 acres of parks and natural areas, which host about 3.8 million visitors each year.

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