Gold Medal Awards

Gold MedalThe Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff, and elected officials.

The Gold Medal Award Program includes seven classes: five classes based upon population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems in odd numbered years.

A panel of five parks and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials.  Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both local and national levels.   

2014 Gold Medal Grand Award Recipients

Class I 

Chicago Park District, IL

Class II

City of Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department, NV

Class III

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, IN

Class IV

City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, OH

Class V

City of Lafayette, CO

Armed Forces Recreation

Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA

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The Gold Medal Awards are presented by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, and proudly sponsored by Musco Lighting.

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