The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), announced Coppell Parks and Recreation as 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.
Coppell Parks and Recreation is a finalist in the Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000) category. This honor is a result of Coppell’s intentional work to provide exceptional services and create unique experiences in city parks and facilities. A CAPRA-accredited agency, the department promotes quality recreational and educational opportunities that enhance the overall health of individuals and the community through responsible stewardship of natural and allocated resources. 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. Coppell Parks and Recreation joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.
“The Parks and Recreation Department is thrilled to be chosen as a finalist in the selection process for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management,” said Brad Reid, Director of Coppell Parks and Recreation. “We must recognize the leadership of the community, our abundant volunteer base and the generous and supportive Coppell citizens, who are truly responsible for our having the capabilities to qualify for this honor. We thank the AAPRA and the NRPA for naming Coppell Parks and Recreation as a finalist for this award.”
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 in September.