National Awards

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National Awards


The National Distinguished Professional Award

The profession's most coveted honor was bestowed upon Ronald H. Dodd, CLP, executive director of the Joliet (IL) Park District, and Kenneth S. Kutska, CLP, CPSI, superintendent of parks and planning for the Wheaton (IL) Park District. The Association also honored the following 1997 National Award winners:

The National Literary Award

Wyman Meinzer

Andrew Sansom

The National Voluntary Service Award

Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

Peggy Johnson

The National Humanitarian Award

The Bielfeldt Foundation John R. Clay

The National Congressional Award

The Honorable Sherwood L. Boehlert

The Honorable Frank H. Murkowski

The Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Parks & Recreation Research

Dr. David N. Cole

The Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award

Laura Archuleta Jerge, CtP

The Ralph C. Wilson Award

George DeCoux

Gold Medal Awards

The Sports Foundation Inc., in conjunction with NRPA, presented the annual Gold Medal Awards to the following park and recreation departments that displayed an exciting and visible commitment to their communities through their innovative and well-managed programs and facilities:

Class I (population more than 250, 000) Cincinnati Recreation Commission

Class II (population 100,000 to 250,000) City of Piano (TX) Parks and Recreation Department

Class III (population 50,000 to 99,999) Skokie (IL) Park District

Class IV (population 20,000 to 49,999) Germantown (TN) Parks and Recreation Department

Class V (population less than 20, 000) Channahon (IL) Park District

Dorothy Mullen Arts & Humanities Awards

Class I

Arts in Public Places

Metropolitan Nashville (TN) Board of Parks & recreation

Class II

The Bessie Bus

Chattanooga (TN) Parks & Recreation

Class III

Risk Takers Troupe

Champaign (IL) Park District

Class IV

Mescal Roast and Spirt Dances

City of Carlsbad (NM) Parks & Recreation

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