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Norma Hoffman Honored by Fairfax County Park Authority Board

Norma Hoffman Honored by Fairfax County Park Authority Board

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board has named Norma Hoffman the recipient of a 2017 Elly Doyle Park Service Award. Hoffman will be honored posthumously with the Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations whose actions embody the spirit and values of stewardship and result in tangible environmental benefits.

Hoffman, who died on June 11, 2017, will long be remembered as one of the most extraordinary volunteers in the agency’s history. She dedicated more than four decades of volunteer service to the Park Authority and is a hero to the workers and visitors at Huntley Meadows Park.

In 1978, when a planned four-lane road would have cut through Huntley Meadows Park with devastating environmental impact, Hoffman took up the charge against the plan. She established the Citizens Alliance to Save Huntley, which successfully fought construction of the road. In addition, she co-founded the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park in 1985, instituting a model that has been used by subsequent Friends groups at other county parks.

In countless hours as a volunteer at the park, she often interacted with children to develop their sense of wonder in nature and spread the message of environmental stewardship. Hoffman also was a crusader for the preservation of cultural resources. She maintained an unrelenting pursuit on behalf of the acquisition of the mansion at Historic Huntley, which is now park property.

Hoffman worked as a front desk volunteer at the park’s visitor center for many years and did so up until two weeks before her passing. The Visitor Center at Huntley Meadows Park was named in her honor in 2013.

The Elly Doyle Park Service Award program was established by the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1988 in recognition of former board member and Chair Ellamae Doyle’s years of outstanding service. Awards will be presented at the Elly Doyle Park Services and Outstanding Volunteers Award ceremony in November.

For additional information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

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