Jennifer Tigges, a volunteer on the City of Dubuque Parks and Recreation Commission since 2015, was recently awarded the Claude Ahrens Community Service Award by the Iowa Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA).
Since 2005, Tigges has been involved with KIDS (Kids in Dubuque Skate), a group of youth and adult supporters which focused on building a new skate park for the community. Thanks in part to her tenacity, hard work, and leadership, the dream of a new skate park became a reality in 2019.
She is also an animal lover and actively participated in the Pet Friendly Community work group, representing the park and recreation commission. This process led to a Pet Friendly Community Assessment and a new city ordinance allowing pets in most parks in July 2020.