News Release: Greensboro is a Finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

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CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Amanda Lehmert
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-373-7786

Greensboro is a Finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

GREENSBORO, NC (May 15, 2019) – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration<www.aapra.org/> (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association<www.nrpa.org/> (NRPA), is pleased to announce that the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation 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 US 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.

Greensboro Parks and Recreation is a finalist in the Class II category and is a three-time NRPA Gold Medal Winner, having previously received the honor in 2002, 1987, and 1979.

“It is an absolute honor for Greensboro Parks and Recreation to be recognized nationally for our efforts and impacts on our City’s quality of life, and for excellence in the parks and recreation industry,” said Parks and Recreation Director Nasha McCray. “We see daily how much our community enjoys and supports the programs and facilities that we provide, so this achievement of having our park system be recognized nationally is another reason why Greensboro is simply the best!”

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. Greensboro joins three other finalists in its class that will compete for grand honors this year.

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.

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/goldmedal<www.nrpa.org/goldmedal> or www.aapra.org<www.aapra.org>.

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The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit www.aapra.org<www.aapra.org>.

The National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org<www.nrpa.org>. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org<www.parksandrecreation.org>.

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Amanda Lehmert, Communications Specialist
Communications and Marketing
City of Greensboro
Phone: 336-373-7786
PO Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
www.greensboro-nc.gov
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