NRPA Now Accepting Applications for 2017 National and Gold Medal Awards

Source: National Recreation and Park Association

Award applications include nominations for Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame  

Ashburn, Va. (Jan. 20, 2017) — Applications and nominations for the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2017 National AwardsGold Medal Awards and Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fameare now being accepted. The deadline to submit award applications is March 12, 2017.    

NRPA’s National Awards, which are presented to individuals and agencies in honor of their professional and personal contributions to the field of parks and recreation, include the following:   

Individual Awards

Agency Awards

NRPA and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) will present sevenGold Medal Awards this year. Recognizing excellence in park and recreation management, five gold medals will be awarded based upon population, one for armed forces recreation and one for state park systems. NRPA and AAPRA will select one individual for the Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame honoring their contributions to the advancement of parks and recreation in the U.S.

All National Award and Gold Medal Award winners, including the Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame inductee, will be recognized during the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference Sept. 26–28 in New Orleans.

To apply for a National Award, visit

To apply for a Gold Medal Award, visit

To submit a nomination for the Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame, visit

To learn more about NRPA, visit

About The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 52,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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