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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 Award program includes 10 National Awards. The categories and criteria have been designed to be inclusive and significant to park and recreation.

NRPA is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 National Awards. The recipients will be honored at the Best of the Best Ceremony at the annual NRPA Congress and Exposition in Charlotte, NC, October 14-16.  

Application information for the 2015 National Awards will be available in January 2015.

Award Categories

Robert M. Artz Citizen Advocacy Award (Individual)

Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award (Individual)

Excellence in Inclusion Award (Agency)

Excellence in Innovative Programming Award (Agency)

Facility or Park Design Award (Agency)

Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award (Agency)

Kudos Marketing Award (Agency)

National Distinguished Professional Award (Individual)

National Partnership Award (Agency)

Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research Award (Individual)

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