The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce Glencoe Park District as a finalist for the 2019 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 over 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 (population less than 30,000) category. This is the third year that the Glencoe Park District is a finalist.
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. Glencoe Park District proudly joins three other finalists (Rolling Meadows Park District, Vernon Hills Park District, and East Goshen Township Parks and Recreation) in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.
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 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 24–26, 2019.
For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/goldmedal or www.aapra.org.