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.

 

National Award Descriptions

  

Submit Applications for the 2017 National Awards

The 2017 NRPA National Awards are now open. Please click on the links below for the official online submission forms. All award applications are due by midnight EST March 12, 2017.


Individual Awards

Robert M. Artz Citizen Advocacy Award | Sample

Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award | Sample

RWJF-NRPA Award for Health Equity | Sample | Official rules

National Distinguished Professional Award | Sample

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


Agency Awards

Excellence in Inclusion Award | Sample

Excellence in Innovative Programming Award | Sample

Facility or Park Design Award | Sample

Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award | Sample

Kudos Marketing Award | Sample

National Partnership Award | Sample

 

2016 National Award Recipients


Individual Awards

Robert M. Artz Citizen Advocacy Award 
David Nigel, San Bruno, CA 

Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award
Tiffany M. Johnson, Seattle, WA

RWJF-NRPA Award for Health Equity 
Steve Elliott Marcus, Miami, FL 

National Distinguished Professional Award 
Carolyn McKnight, Baton Rouge, LA 

Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research Award 
Kristi M. Fondren, Huntington, WV 


Agency Awards

Excellence in Inclusion Award
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, IN  

Excellence in Innovative Programming Award 
City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, FL 

Facility or Park Design Award 
Bend Park and Recreation District, OR 

Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award 
Fairfax County Park Authority, VA 

Kudos Marketing Award 
County of San Diego, CA 

National Partnership Award 
CityArchRiver Alliance, St. Louis, MO 

 

For additional information contact awards@nrpa.org

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