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Glencoe Park District Announced as Finalist for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

Glencoe Park District to compete for prestigious honor in the park and recreation industry

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to Glencoe Park District 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 on odd numbered years. 

Glencoe Park District is a finalist in the Class V category (less than 30,000). This is the first time Glencoe Park District has competed for the National Gold Medal. 

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff, and elected officials. Glencoe Park District joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.

“We are grateful for the support of the Board of Commissioners and our wonderful residents who gave us the confidence to go for the Gold Medal. It is an honor to be among the best of the best and be acknowledged for the phenomenal services, parks, and facilities that we provide to the public,” said Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director. “Our team works hard to provide beautiful parks, innovative programs and outstanding customer service all while carefully and thoughtfully stretching every cent we have for the good of the community!”

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 or

For over 100 years, Glencoe Park District has been the place for FUN! Established in 1912, Glencoe Park District enriches lives and creates memorable experiences by providing exceptional services, parks, programs, and facilities. We are committed to become the most innovative, customer-driven, and fiscally-responsible park district for current and future generations. 

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  

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 For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

Musco Lighting, LLC is a company that has specialized in lighting systems for sports and large areas for more than 30 years. Musco has pioneered dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and affordable ways to control wasted spill light and glare. Permanent and temporary lighting services range from neighborhood fields to NASCAR super speedways. For more information, visit