World News: 16:49 GMT Wednesday 15th May 2019. [National Recreation and Park Association via Globe Newswire via SPi World News]
Ashburn, Va., May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The (AAPRA), in partnership with the (NRPA), is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. 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 United States 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, awarded on odd numbered years, for state park systems.
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. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year.
The 2019 Gold Medal finalists are as follows:
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 or .
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National Recreation and Park Association
Globe Newswire: 16:49 GMT Wednesday 15th May 2019
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