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Volume XXVIII, Number 5922
Thursday, Aug 15, 2013

Leroy Temple Honored With The Mary Purcell Award

Photo by Daniel Avila

At the recent Annual Awards Ceremony, LeRoy Temple was honored with the Mary Purcell Award.

LeRoy began his career at Parks as a City Park Worker in 1983 and has held many positions throughout his 30-year career at Parks, some of which include stints as a Crew Chief, Supervisor, Recreation Center Manager at Roy Wilkins, Parks & Recreation Manager in the Bronx, and Beach Manager in the Rockaways. LeRoy is currently the Brooklyn Chief of Recreation where he takes the initiative in developing and implementing innovative and creative borough-wide programming. He also represents NYC Parks at many public forums including Brooklyn Community Board meetings. LeRoy works closely with the other Chiefs of Recreation to achieve agency objectives, market programs and increase center membership.

LeRoy is known by many for his strong work ethic and his accessibility to patrons and staff alike. Whether one of his centers needs new equipment, a community group has a series of questions or there is a special event to prepare for, LeRoy is always a firm presence, a dependable team player and a strong leader.

Always prepared to do more with less, LeRoy has led Brooklyn Recreation with a focus on enabling all New Yorkers to lead physically active lives through sports, fitness and outdoor adventure. During his tenure as Chief, LeRoy’s borough has added the McCarren Play Center to the list of centers under his watch, executed the refurbishments of indoor pools at Metropolitan Pool, St. Johns and the Brownsville Recreation Center, and led countless special events across Brooklyn. Despite super storms and construction projects in FY13, the borough still managed to see an increase in Recreation Center membership by over 20% from the previous year under LeRoy’s leadership.

Currently, Brooklyn Recreation programming has a very strong community following. Weekly events like Skate Night in Brownsville draw hundreds of children from East New York into the BRC, providing safe structured physical activity for all participants. Brooklyn’s Iron Skillet competition regularly brings healthy cooking workshops to each Afterschool program in the borough, culminating in healthy competition between the centers in an end of the year cook-off.

Beyond Parks, LeRoy has taken community involvement to new heights. In addition to his own three children, LeRoy and his family have fostered numerous children throughout the years. For the past 15 years, LeRoy’s family has taken in more than 75 children in need. Through his private efforts, LeRoy has had a direct positive impact on these children’s lives and provided a valuable community service.

Because of his dedication to Parks, his pursuit of excellence each day and the caring nature through which he has touched the lives of so many both on the job and in his private life, LeRoy Temple is the winner of the Mary Purcell Award.

Mary Purcell, who dedicated 61 years of her life to the Parks Department, was an exemplary Parkie whose positive influence has substantially shaped the Agency. Holding a place in hearts of those who knew her, she is greatly missed. This award goes to a Parkie who demonstrates many of Mary’s greatest qualities: warmth, caring, devotion, strength, and dedication to public service.


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