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.   

Gold Medal Award applicants share their innovative program ideas.

The 2015 Gold Medal Finalists have been announced.  Congratulations to these recipients.

Information for the 2016 Gold Medal Awards will be available in January 2016.  

2015 Gold Medal Grand Award Recipients

Class I   The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Riverdale, MD

Class II   Plano Parks & Recreation, Plano, TX

Class III   City of St. George Leisure Services Department, St. George, UT

Class IV   Park District of Oak Park, Oak Park, IL

Class V   Oak Brook Park District, Oak Brook, IL

Armed Forces Recreation   Marine Corps Community Services, Marine Corps Installations - West, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendelton, CA

State Parks   Delaware State Parks    


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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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