2019 NRPA Gold Medal Finalist
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce Rolling Meadows Park District as a finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for over 10 years.
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.
Rolling Meadows Park District is a finalist in the Class V category, population 30,000 or less. The Rolling Meadows Park District covers approximately 5 square miles, serving 24,000 residents. Rolling Meadows Park District has 11 parks, 5 facilities, and 151.7 acres of land. It provides its residents with a number of various recreation areas, amenities, and athletic fields including ballfields, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park, bike/walking paths, indoor ice arenas, a pool, a fitness and gymnastics center, and banquet facilities. Over 2,000 programs and events are offered annually.
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. Rolling Meadows Park District joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.
"It's fantastic to be selected as a finalist for the NRPA Gold Medal Award "said Board Vice-President Bill Cooley. " The Board greatly appreciates the amazing staff, affiliate groups, community volunteers, and participants that have helped us to stand out as an outstanding agency."
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.