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
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
Apply Today! The 2015 Gold Medal Awards Application is now available. Applications must be received by March 23, 2015.
A Gold Medal Live Chat was held Tuesday, February 10th. The chat included an overview of the Gold Medal program, the application process, and more. Read the Gold Medal Live Chat transcript.
Information that may be helpful in preparing the application: Gold Medal Judging Criteria and Before You Get Started.
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