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.   

Grand Plaque recipients were announced during NRPA’s Annual Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 14, 2014. 

Please join us in congratulating the 2014 Gold Medal Finalists:   

Class I (population 400,001 and over)
Chicago Park District, Illinois
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Georgia
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Maryland
Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities, Arizona
Class II (population 150,001 - 400,000)
Arlington Parks and Recreation, Texas
Bakersfield Recreation and Parks, California
Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Nevada
Plano Parks and Recreation, Texas
Class III (population 75,001 - 150,000)
Allen Parks and Recreation, Texas
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, Indiana
Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs, Georgia
St. George Leisure Services, Utah
Class IV (population 30,001 - 75,000)
Carol Stream Park District, Illinois
Eau Claire Parks, Recreation & Forestry, Wisconsin
Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts, Ohio
Willamalane Park & Recreation District, Oregon
Class V (population less than 30,000)
Frankfort Square Park District, Illinois
Lafayette Recreation Department, Colorado
Middleton Public Lands, Recreation & Forestry, Wisconsin
Oak Brook Park District, Illinois
Armed Forces Recreation
Fort Carson, Colorado
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, California
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia

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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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