Powell Receives Community Professional of The Year Award

FRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association awarded the 2019 Community Professional of the Year honor to Framingham Superintendent of Recreation & Cultural Affairs to Trisha Powell.

Powell has been the Superintendent of Recreation for 2 decades. She has worked for the Town/City for 39 years.


When she first started in Framingham, programming was mainly for youth ages 7-12 with very few offerings.

Today, with the help of her dedicated and creative full time staff of 2, there are now more than 230 recreation programs offered annually.

These programs result in more than 3,300 programming hours and 20,000 program registrations annually.

Powell, and her staff, manage the aquatics programs at 3 public beaches, public swim lessons, and the very successful summer and winter swim teams, known as the Framingham Frogs.


Under her watch, the department’s programming also includes a wide variety of enrichment activities for residents of all ages and abilities; programs in youth development; 3 summer vacation recreation camps, various sports and group building activities; Police Athletic League activities and other Adult leagues.

With the help of her staff, she supervises 236 contracted, fee based, and volunteer staff; collaborates with local schools, libraries, churches, and youth groups.

The division now includes Parks, Recreation, Callahan Senior Center, Loring Ice Arena, and Cemeteries.

Powell has directly been involved with the creation of Framingham’s
Cushing Memorial Park, Roosevelt Park, the Children’s Grove at Cushing Memorial Park, and the Bowditch Athletic & Cultural Complex renovation.

Under her leadership, the Recreation Department created and offers community events such as the annual egg hunt, Concerts on the Common Series, Pumpkins in the Park, Community Thanksgiving Bonfire, 911 Memorial Service, Christmas Gift Drive, and Movie & Family Nights.

Powell received her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation from Northeastern University and her Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Framingham State College. She is also a Certified Recreation and Park Professional through NRPA.

When not working and able to take some time for herself, she enjoys traveling, camping, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband Paul, friends, and her Chocolate Lab Tahoe.

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Photo courtesy of Framingham Parks & Recreation

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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