2009 Gold Medal Award Recipients for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management Announced

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The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is proud to announce the grand plaque recipients of its 2009 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This year's proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program is Musco Lighting LLC.

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is proud to announce the grand plaque recipients of its 2009 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This year's proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program is Musco Lighting LLC.

The 2009 Gold Medal Awards recipients are:

Class I (population 250,000 and over)

  • Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture, Wisconsin

Class II (population 100,001 - 250,000)

  • Fox Valley Park District, Illinois

Class III (population 50,001 - 100,000)

  • Hoffman Estates Park District, Illinois

Class IV (population 25,001 - 50,000)

  • Lombard Park District, Illinois

Class V (population less than 25,000)    

  • Itasca Park District, Illinois

Class - State

  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Bureau of State Parks

The Gold Medal Awards honor 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 Grand Plaque recipients were announced live during NRPA's Annual Congress & Exposition Opening General Session in Salt Lake City, Utah on Oct. 14, 2009.

For information on the Gold Medal Awards program for 2010, 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 http://www.nrpa.org/awards or the Academy for Park and Recreation Administration Web site at http://www.rpts.tamu.edu/aapra .

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.

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 some 21,000 professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.

Headquartered in Ashburn, Va., NRPA works closely with local, state, and national recreation and park agencies, citizen groups and corporations to carry out its objectives. Priorities include advocating favorable legislation and public policy; increasing public awareness of the importance of parks and recreation; providing continuing education, professional certification and university accreditation; and, conducting research and technical assistance. For more information, visit http://www.nrpa.org .

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