National Awards

NRPA National Awards are presented to individuals and agencies to honor their efforts — both professional and personal — in the field of parks and recreation. Recipients are selected by the Awards & Scholarship Committee and are chosen for excellence in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach.

The NRPA National Awards include 11 awards. The categories and criteria have been designed to be inclusive and significant to park and recreation.

Applications for the 2016 National Awards are now closed. Application information information for 2017 will be available in early January, 2017.


Individual Awards

Robert M. Artz Citizen Advocacy Award

Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award

RWJF-NRPA Award for Health Equity
* Review Official Rules for eligibility requirements.

National Distinguished Professional Award

Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research Award

Agency Awards

Excellence in Inclusion Award

Excellence in Innovative Programming Award

Facility or Park Design Award

Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award

Kudos Marketing Award

National Partnership Award

2015 National Award Recipients

NRPA is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 National Awards.

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