NEW BRITAIN - Patrick Dorsey, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, was recently honored for his contributions to the city at the Connecticut Recreation Parks Association’s 57th annual conference.
In November, Dorsey took home the association’s 2017 Pubic Service Award.
According to the association, “The nominee shall be an individual elected or appointed to public office, at any level of government, who has provided unselfish service for at least three years in the interest of parks, recreation, conservation and/or community services.”
Dorsey has served on the commission since 2004 and has been chairman for the past two years. Erik Barbieri, director of parks, recreation and community services, and his staff nominated Dorsey.
“Patrick Dorsey has been a tremendous champion to this department,” Barbieri said while announcing Dorsey’s award. “As the director, I can’t overstate how appreciative of his support I am. His leadership, hard work and execution of his duties as chairman are more than worthy of this honor.”
According to the Parks and Recreation Department, Dorsey has secured tens of thousands of sponsorship dollars for the department’s sign-sale program, which in turn has given back thousands of dollars each year to local nonprofit groups.
Two of the department’s most recognized events -Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery and the Rose Garden Festival - are possible due in no small part due to his persistence in securing sponsorship.
“The city of New Britain is extremely proud of Chairman Dorsey’s recognition as the recipient of CRPA’s 2017 Public Service Award,” Mayor Erin Stewart said. “Mr. Dorsey has tirelessly given his time and energy for the betterment of our parks system and the community. We are fortunate to have him playing a role in improving the quality of life for residents.”