On Tuesday Nov. 26, at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson was selected by the Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association for the Public Services award.

She was selected based on the some of the following support she has given the department through the years serving as town selectman, an announcement said:

· She worked to procure the purchase of Highland Farms — a 16-acre parcel to be used for recreational activity and the well-being of all the residents in town.

· She worked to procure property next to the town beach that is now deemed park property and supports the current proposal of waterfront paved pathways that will connect the entire park for biking, walking, strolling, wheelchair accessibility, etc.

· She supported the request for a full-time recreation program supervisor and a full-time parks maintainer for the P&R Department as she understands its mission and what a true impact the Parks & Recreation Department has within the town.

· The Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance were instrumental in approving the funds to move forward with the plan to improve the Pear Tree Point Beach and the additions being planned.

· She has volunteered numerous times to work shifts at the town’s annual Weed Beach Fest (“boots on the ground”).

· She was also instrumental in supporting the $3 million Weed Beach Expansion Project as a member of the Board of Selectmen. This project gave the community a new bathhouse, concession, lifeguard and first aid building on the beach, as well as a new paddle warming hut that is used for winter paddle ball and rented during the off season.