The Missouri Municipal League (MML) has announced the City of Branson local government as the winner of the 2021 MML Innovation Award for its Parks & Recreation Department’s ability to embrace change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Innovation Award showcases municipal governments that have successfully implemented and demonstrate new approaches for solving municipal challenges.
During the year of COVID, especially the initial phase, the Parks & Recreation Department came up with a new approach for fresh and impactful programs to serve a community during a pandemic.
Examples of this include a senior meal delivery program, new virtual programs and online pool ticketing. Many of these new programs and ideas have led to permanent positive innovation, process streamlining, and an increase in the Department's digital platform. To learn more about the Parks & Recreation’s facilities, parks, trails and programs, visit the Parks & Recreation’s website.
“I’m incredibly proud of the way the entire Parks & Recreation Department came together during a difficult time to find creative ways to continue to serve our residents and community. This quality is indicative of all departments within City Hall and the City of Branson’s municipal government. We are always looking for innovative ways to improve and to work together to put our residents and community first,” said Branson Parks & Recreation Director, Cindy Shook.
The City of Branson went against seven other cities of similar size for this prestigious award that honors outstanding projects happening in communities across Missouri that enhance the quality of life for Missouri cities. Learn more about the MML Innovation Awards Program and this year’s winners on the MML’s website.