Guardian Awards

About the Guardian Award

Each December, the Syracuse Parks Conservancy Board of Trustees will announce the individual or organization that will be honored with The Guardian Award. This annual award is given to an individual or organization that has shown exceptional commitment, vision, leadership and dedication to promoting and preserving the beauty of parks and green spaces. Nominations for this award may be submitted to the Board of Trustees from January 1st till December 1st. Persons or organizations submitting a nomination must complete the application and submit it either in person, by mail or email. Supporting documentation may accompany applications. The Board of Trustees will review all applications received by December 1st of that calendar year. A commemorative plaque will be given to the person or organization being recognized. A general press release shall also be issued to all media outlets.

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2015-16 Guardian Award

Chad Norton

2013-14 Guardian Awards

The presentation of the Guardian awards for 2013-14 took place in the Syracuse Mayor’s Conference room on Friday Aug 15, 2014 at 11 am. The awardees nominated in 2013 are Barbara and Ron Hoffman, and Leslie Molldrem.

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Ron and Barbara Hoffman

Barbara and Ron Hoffman helped with the plantings in the Outer Comstock Neighborhood for many years, and really stepped up to the plate after the untimely passing of SPC Board member Martin Sage.

They helped by digging up the planter, planting flowers and perennials in the traffic triangle at Comstock at East Colvin St, planting in the planter at Comfort Tyler Park, and mulching and weeding these areas and underneath our four welcoming signs.

The work could not have been done without them.


Leslie-Molldrem

Leslie Molldrem

Leslie Molldrem has served as the Secretary of the Friends of Schiller Park for several years and has been on the Schiller Park Board from its inception. She is a dedicated, loyal and hardworking volunteer who works on every project without taking any accolades, including the annual dinner, the Turkey Trot, and the volunteer park cleanups with students and other community groups.

As secretary, Leslie is the officer who keeps the group focused and arranges the time and place for meetings. Her meeting minutes are meticulous and most valuable, as the Friends group strives to build a foundation from which the Park can begin to become a place where neighbors and visitors will want to spend more time.

2012 Guardian Awards

The Expeditionary Learning Middle School in the Valley neighborhood of Syracuse was selected to receive the fourth annual Guardian Award in the Parks category by a January ballot of the Syracuse Parks Conservancy (SPC) Trustees. Also city residents Christopher Ennis & Louis DiBerardino of Shotwell Park have been selected for the Guardian Award for 2012 in the Green Spaces category.

2011 Guardian Awards
Ten-year-old Gia Oppedisano at Syracuse City Hall, with the Guardian Award given to her by the Syracuse Parks Conservancy.

Ten-year-old Gia Oppedisano at Syracuse City Hall, with the Guardian Award given to her by the Syracuse Parks Conservancy.

Guardian Awards for 2011 were presented to Gia Oppedisano in the Parks category and to Dave Kirby in the Greenspaces category.

Gia, a 10 year old middle school student undergoing chemotherapy, has planted a number of white pine saplings in Sunnycrest Park.

Dave, a retired high school teacher, was instrumental in planting and maintaining flower beds on the endcaps along Meadowbrook Drive.

2010 Guardian Awards

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2009 Guardian Awards

The Syracuse Parks Conservancy (SPC) presented Honorable Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll with the Guardian Award at a ceremony held in the Mayor’s office on December 16, 2009. This award is given to an individual or organization that has shown exceptional commitment, vision, leadership and dedication to promoting and preserving the beauty of parks and green spaces.

Syracuse Parks Conservancy Presents Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll with Guardian Award

Syracuse Parks Conservancy
Presents Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll with Guardian Award

The Board of Trustees gave a well deserved thank you to Mayor Driscoll for all of his hard work and for helping to make Syracuse one of the ”greenest” cities in the United States. They also thanked the Mayor for the instrumental role he and members of his administration played in helping to establish a parks conservancy in Syracuse. The SPC is modeled after the Central Park Conservancy, one of the oldest and largest in our country.

The Board of Trustees wishes the Mayor well in all his future endeavors.

The Board of Trustees wishes the Mayor well in all his future endeavors.

The Syracuse Parks Conservancy looks forward to working with the new Mayor and her administration to help maintain, preserve, beautify and enhance all of the parks throughout the City of Syracuse.