Green River Parks & Recreation is Awarded Finalist Medal in National Gold Medal Award Program

LACEY, WA, September 2, 2020 – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announces Green River Parks and Recreation Department is a finalist for the 2020 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco LLC is the proud sponsor of this nationally recognized award program.

Green River is one of 4 Finalist agencies in Class V, population less than 30,000. One Finalist agency in each population class and the military installation category will receive the highest award, the Grand Plaque.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors park and recreation agencies in the United States and military installations worldwide that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and community engagement. Applicants are placed into six (6) classes, with five classes based on population and one class for armed forces installations.

A panel of five park and recreation professionals, representing differing governmental agencies, size, and geographic area, reviewed and judged all application materials. Judges are chosen due to their considerable experience in managing park and recreation agencies and their knowledge of parks and recreation on the local, state, and national levels.

“Congratulations to the Green River Parks and Recreation as a 2020 Gold Medal Finalist from the Great State of Wyoming! AAPRA is proud to administer this program which recognizes excellence in park and recreation management from a variety of perspectives,” says Jane H. Adams, Executive Director, AAPRA. “We thank the agencies who applied in 2020 particularly in light of the management demands during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applying during this challenging time speaks to the importance of this award program to park and recreation professionals and the profession.”

Presentation of the Finalist and the Grand Plaque in each population class will occur Tuesday, October 27, 4:00 pm PDT; 5:00 pm MDT; 6:00 pm CDT; and 7:00 pm EDT during the NRPA Virtual Conference.

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The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators to 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

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people 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 For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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