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AAPRA, NRPA name finalists in park, rec awards

ASHBURN, Va. — The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for more than 10 years.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class, awarded on odd numbered years, for state park systems.

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff and elected officials. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year.

The 2018 Gold Medal finalists are as follows:

Class I (population 400,001 and over)

East Baton Rouge Recreation & Park Commission (BREC) — Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Louisville Parks and Recreation — Louisville, Kentucky
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation — Lake Worth, Florida

Class II (population 150,001 – 400,000)

Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation — Arlington, Virginia
City of Arlington Parks and Recreation — Arlington, Texas
City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department — Tampa, Florida
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District — Beaverton, Oregon

Class III (population 75,001 – 150,000)

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department — Bloomington, Indiana
City of Evanston, Parks, Recreation and Community Services — Evanston, Illinois
Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation — Greeley, Colorado
Lawrence Parks and Recreation — Lawrence, Kansas

Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000)

Centerville-Washington Park District — Centerville, Ohio
City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department — Waukesha, Wisconsin
Lombard Park District — Lombard, Illinois
Town of Castle Rock Parks and Recreation — Castle Rock, Colorado

Class V (population less than 30,000)

Glencoe Park District — Glencoe, Illinois
Homewood-Flossmoor Park District — Flossmoor, Illinois
Williston Parks and Recreation District — Williston, North Dakota
Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture — Windsor, Colorado

Armed Forces Recreation

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
Naval Air Station Pensacola — Pensacola, Florida
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard — Kittery, Maine
United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.

This year’s finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 25–27, 2018.

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit or

SOURCE: National Recreation and Park Association press release


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