Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration and the National Recreation & Park Assoc.
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WHEAT RIDGE, CO – May 15, 2017 – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation as a finalist for the 2017 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 U.S. 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 for state park systems awarded in odd numbered years.
Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation is a finalist in the Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000) category and is competing with three other finalists in their class; City of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks, Alpharetta, GA, Bismark Parks and Recreation District, Bismark, ND, and Lombard Park District, Lombard, IL. This is the first year Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation has submitted a Gold Medal Award application and been selected as a finalist.
“The department is both honored and excited to be recognized as a finalist for the 2017 National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award. The support the department receives from citizens and elected officials, as well as the commitment of staff, allows the city to offer a unique and comprehensive park and recreation program to the community.” said Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Director, Joyce Manwaring.
Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Guy Nahmiach said, “The parks in Wheat Ridge aren’t simply places where grass grows around a collection of swings and slides.... these neighborhood gems are where generations exchange stories and create experiences to last a lifetime.”
Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. 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 seven Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Sept. 26-28, 2017.
For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/goldmedal or www.aapra.org.
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. For more information, visit www.aapra.org.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.
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