The National Recreation and Park Association’s awards program consists of the National Gold Medal Award, and the NRPA Awards which include the Innovation Awards, Spotlight Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships, and the Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame.
The NRPA Innovation Awards recognize and honor the latest advancements in the field of parks and recreation. These awards 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.
Spotlight Awards are presented to individuals to honor their efforts — both professional and personal — in the field of parks and recreation.
Scholarships and fellowships provide recipients with the opportunity to explore the operation of NRPA at our Annual Conference. Each year, four Young Professional Fellowships, two Student Scholarships and two Diversity Scholarships are awarded.
Parks & Recreation magazine’s 30 Under 30 honors the top young park and recreation professionals who serve as everyday superheroes in their respective communities.
The Robert W. Crawford Recreation and Park Hall of Fame Awards serve as examples for future leaders in continuing the recreation and park movement into the 21st century.
The National Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and agency recognition.
The Changing Nature of Work Award recognizes an individual, or team, that has responded to natural disasters with a spirt of teamwork, community and perseverance to clean up, rebuild their park for usable enjoyment, and to support and advance resilience and well-being for their community