The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced today that the Fairfax County Park Authority 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 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. 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.
The Fairfax County Park Authority is a finalist in the Class I (population 400,001 and over) category. This is the Park Authority’s seventh selection as a finalist. The agency has received the Gold Medal three times previously, in 1983, 2002 and most recently, 2010.
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. FCPA joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.
“I could not be any prouder and the Board would like to give credit to the staff and agency leadership, the support of the Board of Supervisors, our residents, and the millions of annual visitors who love their parks. The Park Authority Board sits at the helm of an outstanding agency that performs at the highest levels, and ultimately provides residents of Fairfax County with one of the best park systems in the nation,” said Park Authority Board Chairman Bill Bouie.
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 National Gold Medal Award or American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.