Finalists are Congratulated for their Accomplishments During COVID
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), with the help of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced the 2021 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation.
The Gold Medal Awards program recognizes communities across the country that exhibits excellence in park and recreation in several categories including planning, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, and agency recognition to name a few. Each candidate was separated into seven classes, five based on population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems.
"Each Finalist is congratulated for receiving this prestigious award. We know local communities, state park systems, and military installations worldwide met the challenge of being responsive to the changing demands of delivering services during the COVID 19 pandemic," AAPRA Executive Director Jane H. Adams "Park visitors and program participants have come to rely upon their service provider for physical, mental, and emotional support during this pandemic. The Academy congratulates each Finalist for their management excellence during this unprecedented time."
The 2021 Gold Medal finalists are:
Class I (population 400,001 and over)
• Chicago Park District - Chicago, Illinois
• Cleveland Metro Parks - Cleveland, Ohio
• Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board - Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Class II (population 150,001 - 400,000)
• Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation - Chester, Virginia