Pierce County Parks employee earns Young Professional Award

Andrea Clay, who is responsible for adult sports activities and a number of special events for the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department, has been awarded the 2010 Young Professional Award by the Washington Recreation and Park Association.

Clay, who has worked for the County for five years, was awarded the honor last week during the state association’s annual conference and trade show. The award, which recognizes up-and-coming leaders, was presented by Mary Dodsworth, director of Lakewood Parks & Recreation and former president of the state association.

“I am proud of the recognition that Andrea Clay is receiving from her peers around the state,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “Andrea regularly goes above and beyond the requirements of her position. Countless Pierce County residents benefit from her efforts to provide affordable field space for sports activities, as well as from her community connections and positive spirit that lead to success in recruiting sponsorships and participants for special events.”