The mayor of Rock Hill has received a lifetime achievement award from the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.
The SCRPA presented Mayor Doug Echols with its highest honor during its 71st annual conference, according to a press release from the city.
Echols was given the SCRPA Robert L. Reid Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Award. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in the parks and recreation profession by an individual who actively promotes the profession through presentations, writings and service in the community, state and nation.
Echols was recognized for his leadership, vision and support for the construction and operation of facilities including Cherry Park in the 1980s, the Rock Hill Tennis Center in 2005, Manchester Meadows in 2006 and the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk. In 2015, the city’s major sports facilities created over $21.5 million in direct economic impact, according to the release.