The 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.
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 local and national levels.
Medal Live Chat was held February 3rd. Presenters answered questions from
participants about the application, the process, and the program.
Submit Applications for the 2016 Gold Medal Awards
Please click on
the link below for the official online submission form. A sample application
form is also provided. Applications must be received by March 13,
Medal Award Application | Sample
Medal Award - Armed Forces Recreation Application | Sample
Parks & Recreation Magazine Articles
By Mike Abbaté, Mary Beth Thaman
February 2016 Issue
Summary: Gold Medal Head Judge, Mike Abbaté and Gold Medal Committee
Chair-Elect, Marybeth Thaman dispel several of the myths that
have grown up around the Gold Medal Award.
National Gold Medal Award Program for Excellence
By Mike Abbaté, Mary
January 2016 Issue
Summary: What are the four
main benefits for embarking on a Gold Medal Award journey?
Medal Award Resources
2016 Gold Medal Award Live Chat Transcript
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Criteria for Responses.
Stories: Innovative Program Ideas.
2015 Gold Medal Grand Award
Class I The
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Riverdale, MD
Class II Plano Parks & Recreation, Plano,
Class III City of St. George Leisure
Services Department, St. George, UT
IV Park District of Oak Park, Oak Park, IL
Class V Oak Brook Park District, Oak Brook,
Armed Forces Recreation Marine Corps
Community Services, Marine Corps Installations - West, Marine Corps Base, Camp
State Parks Delaware State
additional information please contact email@example.com.
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.