Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Gold Medal Award Winners Honored at Congress

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Gold Medal Award Winners Honored at Congress

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The Gold Medal distinction is the most prestigious award that an agency in the field of park and recreation administration can achieve. Since 1965, the National Sporting Goods Association, in partnership with NRPA, has recognized public agencies throughout the U.S. for excellence in park and recreation management. During NRPA's National Congress & Expo in St. Louis, the agencies below were honored for their exemplary programs and services, in part for achievements in.

* Long-range planning;

* Fiscal resource management;

* Citizen support systems;

* Environmental stewardship;

* Meeting the needs of diverse populations;

* Staff professional development.

In 1997, a state park Gold Medal Award was established to recognize outstanding state park systems in our country. This Gold Medal is given every two years, and was awarded this year.

The Gold Medal Awards winners were:

Class 1 (Population 250,000+): Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Riverdale, Md.

Class 2 (100,000-256,000): Scottsdale Community Services Department, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Class 3 (50,000-100,000): Denton Parks & Recreation Department, Denton, Texas

Class 4 (25,000-50,000): DeKalb Park District, DeKalb, Ill. …

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