Although the Richmond Millstone Park is less than one acre in size, the city's newest pocket park is mighty in recognition.

On Nov. 6, the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department was awarded "Outstanding Facility" for the work towards Millstone Park from the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society.

According to Erin Moore, the department's director of recreation and administration, Richmond Parks and Recreation took the award for their division as a Class 3 city.

"We won for Millstone Park," Moore told the parks board Tuesday afternoon. "It was really exciting."

Moore, Richmond Mayor Robert Blythe and department employee Mason Chamblee accepted the award at the ceremony held in Hopkinsville.

Millstone Park was unveiled in July of 2020 and was created by resident William "Speedy" Denny in efforts to make locals aware of the city's mill history by displaying old millstones.

The park became so popular, the city channeled the park as its new identity.

In addition to the award for Millstone Park, Jon McChesney, the parks board's chair, won "Fellow of the Year" award. Lauren Kilburn, a current employee and graduate student at EKU, was awarded the "Dr. Alton Little Graduate Scholarship" from KRPS as well.

Mayor Blythe, who spoke at the parks board meeting, said he was happy to attend the conference and see how the KRPS worked and added there was more work to be done for parks in Richmond.

"I appreciate the opportunity to be there," he said. "Let me give local kudos to (Moore) for what she is doing and the respect she has from around the state. As I tell people, 'She makes me proud.' So thank you Erin, and thank you chair."

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