Members of the Santa Monica Police Activities League ride the Sea Dragon Wednesday at Pacific Park.  (File photo)

Members of the Santa Monica Police Activities League ride the Sea Dragon at Pacific Park. (File photo)

In recognition of Pacific Park’s longtime support of local youth programs, the Santa Monica Police Activities League has honored Mary Ann Powell, CEO of Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, with the organization’s “Golden Pumpkin” award.

The award, presented at the organization’s annual PALloween Carnival last Thursday, recognized Powell for her positive impact on the community.

“Pacific Park has been a major sponsor of PALloween, PAL’s Golf & Tennis Tournament, and the Holiday Workshop,” PAL Director Eula Fritz said via a release. “Needless to say, Pacific Park has generously supported PAL for many years and we owe much gratitude to Mary Ann Powell.”

Added Powell: “Pacific Park is passionate about the community and makes every effort to support PAL in their many wonderful and successful programs. As a parent and businessperson, it’s imperative that we work within and give back to our community. I’m truly grateful PAL has recognized me, but the honor is shared with all the employees at Pacific Park.”

PAL is an after-school program that provides educational, cultural, fitness and recreational programs for youth ages 6-17 years.

Pacific Park is the amusement park on the pier, home to the famous solar-powered Ferris wheel.