Mary Kennedy, deputy city manager Richard C. Rossi and Pat Pratt gather at the Fresh Pond Reservation in fall of 2005 so Rossi can present the women with the first Fresh Pond Stewardship Awards for their area conservation efforts. They are credited with helping inspire the Fresh Pond Master Plan. (Photo: City of Cambridge)

Mary Kennedy, deputy city manager Richard C. Rossi and Pat Pratt gather at the Fresh Pond Reservation in fall of 2005 so Rossi can present the women with the first Fresh Pond Stewardship Awards for their area conservation efforts. They are credited with helping inspire the Fresh Pond Master Plan. (Photo: City of Cambridge)

Pat Pratt and Mary Kennedy recently won the first Fresh Pond Stewardship Awards, the city said Wednesday.

“Pat and Mary have provided gentle guidance and inspiration to the community through their efforts to restore and preserve this essential resource,” deputy city manager Richard C. Rossi said. “Their contributions over the years are immeasurable. Their dedication has been comprehensive and their insight and encouragement to ‘do it right’ was both down-to-earth and well appreciated.”

The two women have a long-standing commitment to, involvement with and love for Fresh Pond Reservation, deep roots in environmental stewardship and knowledge of local flora and fauna, the city said, as well as a keen appreciation for and understanding of the effects of human intervention to preserve, protect and maintain “this essential asset of Cambridge’s green environment.”

Their support for Fresh Pond Reservation led them to push for the creation of the Fresh Pond Master Plan, which evolved into a template for educational outreach, beautification through ecological restoration and consideration for the environmental balance required to maintain this fragile environment for both passive enjoyment and public recreation, the city said.