SOURCE: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Ashburn, Va. (May 10, 2018) – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for more than 10 years.
Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class, awarded on odd numbered years, for state park systems.
Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff and elected officials. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year.
The 2018 Gold Medal finalists are as follows:
Class I (population 400,001 and over)
- East Baton Rouge Recreation & Park Commission (BREC) — Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Louisville Parks and Recreation — Louisville, Kentucky
- Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board — Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation — Lake Worth, Florida
Class II (population 150,001 – 400,000)
- Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation — Arlington, Virginia
- City of Arlington Parks and Recreation — Arlington, Texas
- City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department — Tampa, Florida
- Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District — Beaverton, Oregon
Class III (population 75,001 – 150,000)
- Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department — Bloomington, Indiana
- City of Evanston, Parks, Recreation and Community Services — Evanston, Illinois
- Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation — Greeley, Colorado
- Lawrence Parks and Recreation — Lawrence, Kansas
Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000)
- Centerville-Washington Park District — Centerville, Ohio
- City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department — Waukesha, Wisconsin
- Lombard Park District — Lombard, Illinois
- Town of Castle Rock Parks and Recreation — Castle Rock, Colorado
Class V (population less than 30,000)
- Glencoe Park District — Glencoe, Illinois
- Homewood-Flossmoor Park District — Flossmoor, Illinois
- Williston Parks and Recreation District — Williston, North Dakota
- Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture — Windsor, Colorado
Armed Forces Recreation
- Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
- Naval Air Station Pensacola — Pensacola, Florida
- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard — Kittery, Maine
- United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.
This year’s finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 25–27, 2018.
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The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit www.aapra.org.
The National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.
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