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2013 Gold Medal Award Grand Plaque Award Recipients Announced

AAPRA and NRPA announce winners of prestigious honor during NRPA’s Congress and Exposition

ASHBURN, VA – October 8, 2013 – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This year, AAPRA and NRPA awarded the prestigious and highly sought State Park System Class Gold Medal award which is only awarded every-other-year. Sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program is Musco Lighting, LLC.

The 2013 Gold Medal Grand Plaque recipients are:

State Park System Class
o Florida Park Service, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Class I (population 250,000 and over)
o City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, CA

Class II (population 100,001 – 250,000)
o Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department, TX

Class III (population 50,001 – 100,000)
o Waukegan Park District, IL

Class IV (population 25,001 – 50,000)
o City of Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, OH

Class V (population less than 25,000)
o Town of Erie Parks & Recreation Department, CO

Armed Forces Recreation Award
o Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Fort Knox, KY

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

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 recipients were announced live during NRPA’s Annual Congress and Exposition in Houston, Texas on October 8, 2013.

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, go to www.nrpa.org/awards or www.aapra.org.

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 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 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

Musco Lighting, LLC is a company that has specialized in lighting systems for sports and large areas for more than 30 years. Musco has pioneered dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and affordable ways to control wasted spill light and glare. Permanent and temporary lighting services range from neighborhood fields to NASCAR super speedways. For more information, visit www.musco.com.


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