The Lovgren Awards: Honoring Community Service

Each year since 1979, the Park Slope Civic Council has honored two people or organizations for their outstanding service to the community. The awards – one for a local volunteer, the other for professional service – are named for George Lovgren, the Park Slope activist who in the 1960s worked tirelessly to save the Union Street firehouse (today, Squad 1) from closure. (Above are 2009 Volunteer Award recipient Catherine Bohne, with past Civic Council president Ken Freeman, and 2010 Professional Award honoree Tupper Thomas, with former president Bernie Graham.)

The awards epitomize the Civic Council’s philosophy – that it’s people who care about their community have made Park Slope a great place to live (in fact, one of the 10 best places to live in the United States, according to the American Planning Association).

Photos by Ezra Goldstein

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