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Parks and Recreation Department is a finalist for national park award

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce that Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department has been named a finalists for the 2012 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The NRPA Gold Medal Award is the highest national honor in the park and recreation industry.

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. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

“To be recognized as one of four top parks and recreation agencies across the nation is a huge honor for our entire team here in Round Rock,” said Rick Atkins, Round Rock Parks and Recreation Director. “This nomination reflects our commitment in providing superior customer service and quality programs to our Round Rock residents.”

The 2012 Gold Medal finalists are:
Class II (population 100,001 – 250,000)
• City of Round Rock (TX) Parks and Recreation Department
• Conejo Recreation and Park District, Thousand Oaks, CA
• Rockford (IL) Park District
• South Suburban Park and Recreation District, Centennial, CO

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 Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during NRPA’s Annual Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, California, October 16-18, 2012. For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/awards 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 advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012

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