Awards season for parks and recreation starts this month with applications opening for the National Gold Medal Award and the NRPA Awards, including Innovation Awards, Spotlight Awards, Fellowships and Scholarships, and the Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame. New this year are the Innovation Awards that will showcase the inspiring park and recreation agencies that have improved and empowered their communities through innovative practices in park design, health and wellness, conservation and social equity. The four winners of these awards will be put to a public vote to be determined as the NRPA Best in Innovation Award winner. There’s no cost to apply for NRPA’s awards, so clean out your trophy case and visit our awards webpage to get started. Deadline to apply is March 23, 2018.