Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Foundation president Daniel Tepper hands Blaine resident Richard Sturgill this year’s William J. Dettrich award at the foundation’s annual Christmas party and award ceremony at Whatcom County Parks’ Roeder Home. The award, which is given annually, honors a community member for outstanding leadership and dedication to parks and recreation in Whatcom County. Tepper said they selected Sturgill based on his advocacy for increased shoreline access and trail development in Blaine and Birch Bay as well as his several years of volunteer service as a former Blaine Parks and Cemetery board member and his current position of commissioner of the Northwest Park and Recreation District 2. In 1992, Sturgill was instrumental in helping the city of Blaine secure a Federal Highway Administration grant for $149,000, which was used to construct the pedestrian/bicycle path along Marine Drive. He also worked with the Trillium Corporation to repair the 100-year-old former Alaska Packers Association pier and ferry landing at Tongue Point to be used by the historic Plover ferry.
Photo by Sue Sturgill