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The NRPA Gold Medal Finalists of 2019
Winners to be Announced in the Fall

The NRPA Gold Medal Finalists of 2019

This year, 28 finalists have been chosen in the National Gold Medal Award Program. The Grand Award recipients will be announced at the NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, September 24-26.


The National Recreation and Park Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration have recently announced the 2019 finalists for the National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

The National Gold Medal Awards honor communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering park and recreation services with sound business practices.

The finalists are as follows:
Class I (population 400,001 and over)
• Chicago Park District - Chicago, Illinois
• East Baton Rouge Recreation & Park Commission - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
• Fairfax County Park Authority - Fairfax, Virginia
• Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities - Mesa, Arizona


Class II (population 150,001 - 400,000)
• City of Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Space - Norfolk, Virginia
• City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department - Tampa, Florida
• Greensboro Parks and Recreation - Greensboro, North Carolina
• Metroparks Tacoma - Tacoma, Washington

Class III (population 75,001 - 150,000)
• City of Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation - Greeley, Colorado
• City of Thornton Community Services - Thornton, Colorado
• The Woodlands Township - Texas
• Waukegan Park District - Waukegan, Illinois

Class IV (population 30,001 - 75,000)
• City of Westerville - Westerville, Ohio
• Coppell Parks and Recreation - Coppell, Texas
• Glenview Park District, Glenview, Illinois
• Lombard Park District - Lombard, Illinois

Class V (population less than 30,000)
• East Goshen Township Parks and Recreation - West Chester, Pennsylvania
• Glencoe Park District - Glencoe, Illinois
• Rolling Meadows Park District - Rolling Hills, Illinois
• Vernon Hills Park District - Vernon Hills, Illinois

State Parks
• Department of Environmental Protection - Florida State Parks
• Maryland Park Service
• Department of Environment and Conservation - Tennessee State Parks
• Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Armed Forces Recreation
• Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler - Okinawa, Japan
• Naval Air Station Whiting Field - Milton, Florida
• United States Army Garrison Bavaria - Grafenwoehr, Germany
• USAG Rheinland-Pfalz - Kaiserslautern, Germany

To learn more about the different awards programs, click HERE.



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