Evan though the previous calendar year in which several sporting events were canceled or postponed, members of the Sikeston Parks and Recreation Department saw an opportunity. During the last calendar year, Sikeston Parks and Recreation held several events baseball tournaments while having a safe environment for all to enjoy. The torments that took place provided a necessary d economic boost to the community as hotel rooms were booked and filled and local restaurants and retail businesses made profits. Due to their efforts, Sikeston Parks and Recreation will receive the Lambert Family Tourism and Hospitality Award of Excellence that is presented every year by the Sikeston Convention and Visitors Bureau to people, businesses and organizations who has made a great contribution to the tourism and hospitality industry in the Sikeston area. On Friday, March 12, Sikeston Parks and Recreation will be recognized by members of the Sikeston Convention and Visitors Bureau for their contributions tourism at the yearly annual Tourism and Hospitality Luncheon held at Lambert’s Café. This recognition comes in the aftermath baseball teams came to town from Chicago; Springfield, Illinois; Evansville, Indiana; Nashville and west Tennessee and many other places. For many years, Sikeston Parks and Recreation has made great improvements o the baseball and softball fields that contributed to successful tournaments. Some of the upgrades to the facilities include, new backstops, lighting and more bleachers among other things. Despite, the new upgrades Sikeston Parks and Recreation also looking ahead to future events and is making plans for additional improvements. Officials recently worked alongside Gateway Design Studio in St. Louis to make a Master Plan or the Sikeston Recreation Complex and Bootheel Golf Course. The plan that was created is divided into ten different phases over many years and this plan includes the addition of walking/bike trails, pickleball courts, an archery range, a splash pad and many others.