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2014 & 2015 Gold Medal Finalist

In May of 2014 and 2015, the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Gold-Medal-Finalist-Logo-2014Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, announced Eau Claire Parks and Recreation as a finalist in class IV (consisting of populations between 30,001 and 75,000) for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

The Gold Medal Award was founded in 1965, and honors communities across the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Award applicants are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation communities and the State Park System class awarded on odd-numbered years. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

The National Gold Medal is the highest recognizable honor in the industry.

2014 Gold Medal Finalist
Eau Claire competed against the following agencies and would like to congratulate Kettering, Ohio on being the 2014 Grand Plaque Gold Medal Winner.

  • Carol Stream Park District, Illinois
  • Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts, Ohio
  • Willamalane Park & Recreation District, Oregon

2015 Gold Medal Finalist
Eau Claire competed against the following agencies and would like to congratulate the Park District of Oak Park, Illinois on being the 2015 Grand Plaque Gold Medal Winner.

  • City of Englewood Parks and Recreation, Englewood, CO
  • Loveland Parks and Recreation, Loveland, CO
  • Park District of Oak Park, Oak Park, IL

Interested in learning more?

  • View the NRPA Website here.