City parks director lands award

Jan. 5—HIGH POINT — City of High Point Parks and Recreation Director Lee Tillery has won a state association's top honor.

Tillery recently was presented with the 2023 Fellow Award, which is the highest award the N.C. Recreation and Park Association bestows upon one of its members.

Tillery has been a member of NCRPA since 1996, serving the organization in several capacities, including, most recently, as its president.

He's been the director of parks and recreation for the city since 2014, and during his tenure the department has secured grants and public funds exceeding $22 million for various projects aimed at improving opportunities in the community, according to a news release.

Tillery has developed strategic partnerships with local organizations including youth sports leagues, universities and the Miracle League of High Point, which provides children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball on a specially designed field.

Under his leadership, the department also received national accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies in 2021.

"This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met 154 rigorous standards of excellence and national best practices, an accomplishment achieved by less than 2% of parks and recreation agencies across the country," the release stated.