Cheryl and Jerre Gowdy on behalf of the Curt Gowdy Family will receive the National Association of State Parks Directors (NASPD) President’s Award during an awards banquet September 4 in Omaha.
The NASPD President’s Award is presented each year to an individual or organization that has made an extraordinary contribution at a state, regional or national level furthering the goal of a state parks system.
In nominating the Gowdy family for the award, Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources Director MIlward Simpson praised the family for their efforts in supporting and improving Curt Gowdy State Park located between Cheyenne and Laramie on Hwy 210.
“The Gowdy family has been instrumental in engaging family and friends to support the future of the park,” Simpson wrote. “The family is directly responsible for soliciting a single donation of over $1 million, which helped make possible a new entrance sign and Visitor Center, Wyoming State Park’s first ever LEED-certified building, setting a new standard for park facilities. This donation was unprecedented in the history of Wyoming State Parks.”
Simpson also praised the Wyoming State Legislature and Governors Freudenthal and Mead for procuring an additional $1 million matching appropriation for this effort, as well as an additional $595,600 to purchase a neighboring 157 acres of State Lands on which to construct the visitor center and expand the increasingly popular park.
The family also, according to Simpson, worked with park staff acquiring the best materials for interpretive exhibits portraying the legacy of Curt Gowdy, the sportsman and nationally recognized, award-winning broadcaster.
Beginning last year, the Gowdy’s have launched another private fund raising campaign which has netted more than $80,000 to date with many donors promising annual gifts in support of Curt Gowdy State Park.