Magazine article Parks & Recreation

2011 National Gold Medal Finalists

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

2011 National Gold Medal Finalists

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THE AMERICAN ACADEMY FOR PARK AND RECREATION ADMINISTRATION (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, is proud to announce the finalists of its 2011 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 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 and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, November 1-3, 2011.

For information on the Gold Medal program for 2011, contact the NRPA Awards team at 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 2011 Gold Medal Finalists Are:


(population 250,000 and over)

* Kansas City Parks and Recreation, Missouri

* Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, North Carolina

* Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department, Florida

* Portland Parks and Recreation, Oreaon


(population 100,101-250,000)

* Boise Parks and Recreation Department, Idaho

* City of Lakewood Department of Community Resources, Colorado

* Rockford Park District, Illinois

* Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department, Georgia


(population 50,001-100,000)

* City of KetteringParks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Ohio

* Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department, Minnesota

* City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Wisconsin

* Wheaton Park District, Illinois

CLASS IV (population 25,001-50,000) Elmhurst Park District, Illinois Town of Parker Parks and Recreation, Colorado Salisbury Parks and Recreation, North Carolina

* West Bend Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Wisconsin

CLASSV (population less than 25,000)

* Cullman City Parks and Recreation Department, Alabama City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department, Virginia

* City of Green River Parks and Recreation Department, Wyoming

* City of Lafayette, Colorado


* Florida Park Service, Department of Environmental Protection Michigan Department of Natural Resources Missouri State Parks

* North Carolina State Parks and Recreation

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