Finalists Announced for the 2010 National Gold Medal Awards

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AAPRA and NRPA select agencies to compete for one of park and recreation’s highest honors.

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is proud to announce the finalists of the 2010 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This year’s proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Award Program is Musco Lighting LLC.

The 2010 Gold Medal Finalists are:

Class I (population 250,000 and over)
Fairfax County Park Authority, Va.
Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department, Fla.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, N.Y.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, N.C.

Class II (population 100,001 – 250,000)
South Suburban Park and Recreation District, Colo.
City of Peoria, Ariz.
City of Lakewood Department of Community Resources, Colo.
Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria, Ill.

Class III (population 50,001 – 100,000)
City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation, and Forestry, Wis.
Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation, Mo.
Schaumburg Park District, Ill.
City of Temple Parks & Leisure Services, Texas

Class IV (population 25,001 – 50,000)
Bartlett Park District, Ill.
Elmhurst Park District, Ill.
Gurnee Park District, Ill.
Glen Ellyn Park District, Ill.

Class V (population less than 25,000)    
City of Green River Parks and Recreation Department, Wyo.
City of Golden Parks and Recreation Department, Colo.
City of Fairfax, Va.
City of Cullman Parks and Recreation, Ala.

The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

A panel of five parks and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both local and national levels.

This year’s finalists will compete for Grand Award honors this summer, and all Grand Plaque Recipients will be announced live during NRPA’s Annual Congress & Exposition in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 25 – 29, 2010.

For information on the Gold Medal program for 2011, contact the NRPA Awards team at awards
(at) nrpa (dot) org. For online information, go to the National Recreation and Park Association Web site at or the Academy for Park and Recreation Administration Web site at

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers, and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of roughly 21,000 professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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