San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2013
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has been recognized by the national Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) for three of its “innovative and exceptional products and programs.” At the association’s annual conference in Portland in March, the Parks Conservancy was honored with the 2013 APPL Media & Partnership Awards for the following 2012 initiatives:
The Association of Partners for Public Lands annually recognizes the best of what public land partnerships bring to America’s outdoors. APPL is comprised of 84 member organizations serving more than 500 public lands sites nationwide.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by the APPL committee and honored to again receive recognition from the Association of Partners for Public Lands,” said Greg Moore, president and CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. “We have received over 30 APPL accolades over the years and these respected awards recognize our commitment to developing best-of-class projects and programs that benefit the community. We’re pleased to share these distinctions with our partners at the National Park Service and Presidio Trust.”
The Lands End Lookout Visitor Center is a partnership between the Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. The 4,150 square foot “green” visitor center offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Sutro Baths below. It has welcomed thousands of visitors since opening in fall 2012 and has been broadly recognized for both its design and function.
In honoring the Lands End project, an APPL panel judge noted that “the concept, design, and community involvement and outcome are outstanding. This application sparked an interest and makes me want to experience the visitor center. This project is a wonderful testimony to the power of partnerships and pre-planning efforts.”
The Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration was recognized by APPL in the Commemorative Program category. A collaboration between the Parks Conservancy, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and the Transportation District, the National Park Service, and The Presidio Trust, the year-long celebration included 75 Tributes to the Bridge from an array of community partners, including museums, cultural centers, universities, arts organizations, children’s groups and others. The 75th anniversary culminated with a spectacular community tribute and fireworks display along the San Francisco waterfront celebrated by tens of thousands locally and millions more around the world.
“How the Golden Gate Bridge Got Its Color: Mix & Match Book” was recognized by APPL in the Children’s Media category. Designed for children ages two and up, the book educates young people on how Bridge engineers, city officials, the U.S. military, and others involved in building the Bridge debated the color of the iconic span, and why “International Orange” eventually won the day.
For more information on the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and its award-winning programs and projects, please visit http://www.parksconservancy.org/about/accomplishments.html.
About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Parks Conservancy is an authorized “cooperating association” of the National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations working with national parks around the country. To learn more, please visit http://www.parksconservancy.org or call (415) 561-3000.
About the Association of Partners for Public Lands: The Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) is a not-for-profit organization working to enhance the potential of its members, who are dedicated to public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of America’s natural and cultural heritage. Through education, information, and representation, APPL promotes the vitality of its members and their programs of service and support to the agencies who oversee this nation’s public lands. For more information please visit http://www.appl.org.
David Shaw, Vice President
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy