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.


Gold Medal Applications

The 2014 Gold Medal Application deadline was March 24. Information regarding the 2015 Gold Medal Awards will be available in January 2015.

Learn more about the application process by reviewing the Gold Medal Awards web chat transcript that was held on February 12, 2014.

The application is a two part application for population classes.

Part I is statistical data that is captured in PRORAGIS. It has been designed to be consistent with much of the information collected in NRPA's PRORAGIS system. The aim is to eventually allow an export of your PRORAGIS data directly into the Gold Medal Awards Application. In the meantime, if you have a completed 2013 PRORAGIS profile that you'd like to import into your Gold Medal Award application, please contact Greg Manns of Industry Insights with your PRORAGIS ID and he will populate your application with your PRORAGIS data.  

Part II is narrative questions.  Both sections must be completed for consideration.  The Armed Forces Recreation application is a one part application.  Click links below for application information.

Part I Application - Statistical Data

Part II Application - Narrative Questions

Armed Forces Recreation Application

A Sample PDF Questionnaire is available as an example only.  Applications must be completed online.

Helpful Information:  Before You Get Started, Agency Pre-Evaluation Checklist, Judges Criteria

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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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