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Fairfax County Park Authority Awards


The Fairfax County Park Authority is a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning organization that provides leadership in the field of recreation and parks. As a CAPRA-accredited agency, users of this park system can rest assured that our facilities, our staff and our programming opportunities are among the top in the nation.

The Park Authority has received the Gold Medal Award, akin to the Academy Awards or the Grammys, from the National Recreation and Parks Association numerous times over the past six decades of operations and growth, ensuring that we are peer-reviewed for best-management standards, practices, and accomplishments. From facility expansion and renovation, to environmental stewardship, communication and new programs, our winning ways tell you that your support of our parks is an investment in excellence.

Awards are one way that we share our accomplishments, salute out dedicated and innovative staff, and let the residents of Fairfax County know that the Fairfax County Park Authority has a great park system we can all enjoy. Take a look at our recent acknowledgements and check back for others in the near future.

2017 Awards

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials

Environmental/Conservation Award

Invasive Management Program

Professional-Lifetime

Sandy Stallman, Planning & Development Division

Outstanding Volunteer

Norma Hoffman, Volunteer Huntley Meadows Park



Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference

National Recreation and Park Association

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Elizabeth Crowell, Fairfax County Park Authority’s Archaeology and Collections Branch



Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

Gold Medal in the Environmental Project Category

Huntley Meadows Park’s Wetland Restoration



Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA)

Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration (NVAVA)

Volunteer Administrator of the Year

Shawna Levins, Spring Hill RECenter Volunteer Manager



2016 Awards

National Recreation and Park Association(NRPA)

National Recreation and Park Association

Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award



National Association of Counties (NACo)

The National Association of Counties

2016 Achievement Award

Virginia Swims



National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials

Marketing Award

Colvin Run Mill/Partners in Preservation (PiP) Campaign

Outstanding Volunteer

Hal Strickland

Park and Recreation Areas or Facilities

Spring Hill RECenter Expansion and Renovation Project

Environmental/Conservation Award

Wetlands Restoration Project at Huntley Meadows Park



National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials

Shoestring Budget

65 Years of Making Parks Count (First Place)

Web Article

Riverbend Park's Adapted Kayaking Program (First Place)

K-12 Educational Programs

Be a Buddy Not a Bully (Award of Excellence)

Special Purpose Publication

Great Parks-Great Communities FY2015 Strategic Plan Report (First Place)

Brochures/Booklet (20 pages or less)

Helping Our Land Heal (Second Place)

Article

1963 Record-Setting Swim Team Shapes Up for Old Times' Sake (First Place)

Writer’s Portfolio

Parktakes Articles: 1963 Record-Setting Swim Team Shapes Up for Old Times' Sake, Farm Camp-A Kids Summer Fun Frontier, The Healing Power of Exercise, Finding Life Balance in Fitness, Women Tee Up for Ladies-Only Golf (Second Place)



National Association for Interpretation (NAI)

National Association for Interpretation

Outstanding New Interpreter Award

Kylie Starck, Senior Interpreter at Huntley Meadows Park



Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS)

Virginia Recreation and Park Society

Best Promotional Effort-Traditional

2015 Strategic Plan Report

Best Promotional Effort-Specialty

Park Authority’s Annual RECenter Membership Sale Video

Best New Renovation/Addition - Bricks and Mortar

Spring Hill RECenter

Best New Renovation/Addition - Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways or Trails

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole

Best New Program

Pinecrest Golf Course’s FootGolf Program

Distinguished Volunteer Service Award

Catherine Ledec, President of the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park



Virginia Division on Career Development and Transition

Virginia Division on Career Development and Transition

2016 Employer of the Year Award

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park



Leadership Fairfax

Leadership Fairfax

Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Award

Park Authority Board Chairman William Bouie



Fairfax County Community Services Board (CSB)

Fairfax County Community Services Board

Honors Award in Customer Service

Adapted Aquatics Program Volunteers

Award History

Expand 2015 Awards

National Association of Counties (NACo)

2015 Achievement Award

Healthy Strides Community 5k/10k Race and Expo

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Annual Report

Annual Report: Getting the Job Done: Collaboration, Innovation and Partnerships (Award of Excellence)

Technical or Statistical Report

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) (Award of Excellence)

Graphic Design

What’s New Postcard (First Prize)

Logo/Theme Art

5 Days of Iron (Second Prize)

Special Purpose Product

Discovery Trail Map (Second Prize)

E-Newsletter

ResOURces E-Newsletter (Second Prize)

Web Article

Northern Snakeheads: New Burke Lake Residents (Award of Excellence)

Government Finance Officers Association

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS)

Best New Renovation/Addition (Brick and Mortar) for areas with a population greater than 100,000

Oak Marr RECenter

Best New Special Event

Pirate Fest

Distinguished Volunteer

Bob Dinse

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

Award of Merit

Spring Hill RECenter Expansion and Renovation Project

Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD)

Diane Hoffman 2015 Cooperator of the Year

Hidden Pond Nature Center Manager Mike McCaffrey

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Honor Award

Recreational Design Excellence

Renovation of Oak Marr RECenter

Sesquicentennial Leadership Recognition Awards

Fairfax County’s Sesquicentennial Committee leaders

Expand 2014 Awards

Learning Resources Network (LERN)

International Award Best Management Practice

Class and Summer Camp Summits

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Excellence in Inclusion Award

Our Special Harbor, Chessie’s Big Backyard, Clemyjontri Park

Kudos Marketing Award

Colvin Mill Run, Partners in Preservation (PiP) contest

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Shoestring Budget

Black Friday Campaign

Article

Chessie’s Big Backyard

Special Events

Healthy Strides Community 5K/10K & Fitness Expo (Award of Excellence)

Mobile Application

Parktakes Mobile (Award of Excellence)

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

Best New Renovation/Addition Award

Huntley Meadows Wetland Restoration Project

Distinguished Volunteer Service Award

Longtime Huntley Meadows Park Volunteer Norma Hoffman

Expand 2013 Awards

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Best in Show Award

Take Back the Forest

Special Event

Take Back the Forest

Commercial/Studio/Staged Photography

Fitness Portrait

Audio Communications

Audio Tour of Ox Hill Battlefield Park

American Express & The National Trust for Historical Preservation

Partners in Preservation Award Winner

Colvin Run Mill

Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS)

Distinguished Volunteer

Ken Quincy

Distinguished Private Sector Award

REI

Expand 2012 Awards

Learning Resources Network (LERN)

International Award Best Management Practice

Class and Summer Camp Summits

Best of Aquatics Aquatics International Magazine

2012 Best Spray Park Award

Our Special Harbor Spray Ground

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Award of Excellence

Colvin Run Mill Exhibit

Award of Excellence

Sully East Wing Exhibit

Award of Excellence

Take 12! Steps for Community Health in 2012 calendar

Government Finance Officer Association (GFOA)

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Fiscal Year 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

Fairfax County Celebrate Community and Business Partnerships

Blue Ribbon Partnership Award

FCPA & Nadar Por Vida (Swimming for Life)

Expand 2011 Awards

Best of Aquatics Aquatics International Magazine

Best Overall Commitment to Aquatics

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Display Category

Riverbend Park: A Rare and Rugged Refuge (Award of Excellence)

Dorothy Mullen Arts and Humanities Award

Class I – Summer Entertainment Series: Ossian Hall International Performance Series

Southern Network Distinguished Professional Award

Cindy Messinger

National Humanitarian – Corporate

Fairfax County Park Foundation

Kudos Marketing Piece

Non-Native Invasive ID and Control Handbook

National Voluntary Service

Harold L. Strickland

2011 Land Conservation Award

North Twin Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project

Expand 2010 Awards

International Academy of the Visual Arts Communicator Awards

Award of Distinction

“Meeting the Challenge” Annual Report (Government)

Silver Communicator Award

“Welcome to Colvin Run Mill” podcast(General)

National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

2010 National Gold Medal Award

National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC)

Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award - Display

Dig Into the Past

Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award - Podcast

Welcome to Your Parks

National Association of Counties Arts and Culture Commission

Arts and Culture Award

Explore the World in Your Community performance series at Ossian Hall International Series

Virginia Recreation and Parks Society (VRPS)

Distinguished Volunteer Service Award

At-large Park Authority Board Member George E. Lovelace

Best New Facility in a Community with Population Greater than 150,000

Horse Stables at Frying Pan Farm Park

Lawrence V. Fowler Award

Harold Strickland


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