Joe Rath

Joe Rath, third from left, with his Bush Lake Beach coworkers in 2019. 

Joe Rath wins Parks and Recreation award

Joe Rath is the winner of the 2020 Parks and Recreation Award of Excellence. The longtime Bloomington resident volunteers at Bush Lake Beach, in a tradition of community service that he began in 1975. 

“It’s an honor to receive such a wonderful award for my years of service to the incredible Bush Lake Beach and Park Reserve,” Rath said. “It means a lot to me to be recognized for doing what I enjoy, giving back to my community.”

From beach cleanup to swimming and boating safety instruction and more, Rath has contributed his time and talents to create a better Bloomington. He even used his own money to purchase and install “No Swim Zone” streamers and flag systems to help ensure swimmer safety and help improve water quality.

“The contributions Joe Rath made over the years at Bush Lake Beach are extensive. Parks and Recreation and the community owe Rath sincere thanks, and this award is one way to convey our gratitude,” Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission (PARC) chairperson Lenny Klevan Schmitz said.

The annual Bloomington Parks and Recreation Award of Excellence is given by PARC to recognize community service that benefits parks and recreation programs and facilities. For more information, email or call 952-563-8877.