SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city’s annual celebration of Latino art, food and music has garnered Santa Fe Springs top honors from a state association of parks and recreation administrators. The California Park and Recreation Society presented two awards of excellence and an award of achievement to the city’s Community Services Department for organizing and putting on the city’s annual Fiestas Patrias celebration in September. The city’s Fiestas Patrias event is a two-day celebration of Mexican Independence Day. It features traditional Mexican food, artist galleries, dancing, and arts and crafts workshops for the community. “`It was a great honor and everyone was extremely excited. It’s rare to receive multiple awards from the same event,” Ana Alvarez, community services director, said Thursday. The California Park and Recreation Society represents 525 municipal parks and recreation agencies around the state. Its awards to local city programs were announced in Sacramento last month. Alvarez said the awards were the highest recognitions her department can receive and give the city “mostly bragging rights across the state.” Jane Adams, executive director for the Society said programs like Fiestas Patrias are vital to residents in communities like Santa Fe Springs. “Community services agencies throughout the state provide families, individuals and groups spaces to learn and play, create and imagine, and be safe and secure,” Adams stated. Staff reports contributed to this story. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!