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Greensboro is a Finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

Post Date:05/15/2019 11:12 AM

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce that the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation is a finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the US 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.

Greensboro Parks and Recreation is a finalist in the Class II category and is a three-time NRPA Gold Medal Winner, having previously received the honor in 2002, 1987, and 1979.

“It is an absolute honor for Greensboro Parks and Recreation to be recognized nationally for our efforts and impacts on our City’s quality of life, and for excellence in the parks and recreation industry,” said Parks and Recreation Director Nasha McCray. “We see daily how much our community enjoys and supports the programs and facilities that we provide, so this achievement of having our park system be recognized nationally is another reason why Greensboro is simply the best!”

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. Greensboro joins three other finalists in its 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.