BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Dina Trunzo, CTRS, manager, Somerset County Park Commission Therapeutic Recreation, has been installed as 2017-2018 president of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association.

The 700-member NJRPA is the state organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of New Jersey residents by supporting outstanding park, recreation, and natural resources management programs. 

The Therapeutic Recreation Department uses recreation to help people with disabilities to develop and experience leisure in ways that support health, functional abilities, educational needs, independence and quality of life.

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Through social, cultural, artistic, and culinary programs, sports, fitness, community outings, horticulture, and special events, participants can improve social skills, enhance self-esteem, improve overall health and well-being and physical ability, enhance communication skills, constructively use leisure time, eliminate boredom, reduce of stress and anxiety, and enhance skill development.

In 2016, Trunzo received the Evelyn N. Aronow Award from the New Jersey Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. The award is given to an individual who, through legislation, education, public relations, and technical support, has promoted growth and development and made a lasting contribution to community recreation services for individuals with disabilities in New Jersey.

She has also been a featured speaker at the World Leisure Organization World Conference, held in Rimini, Italy. The annual conference welcomes both leisure and therapeutic recreation professionals from around the world.

Information on Somerset County Park Commission programs and activities may be found at www.somersetcountyparks.org.