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.   

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 Musco Lighting.

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