The purpose of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association’s Awards Program is to honor and identify dedicated leaders, employees, and volunteers in the field of Parks and Recreation, and to recognize the State’s outstanding Recreation and Park agencies for excellence in programming, publicity and facility design. The goal of the Awards Program is to focus State attention on the achievement of Park and Recreation agencies, to recognize the continuing efforts of staff and volunteers, and to acknowledge support extended by member agencies.

The NJRPA Awards Committee’s task is to serve as an impartial unit selecting those nominees who have made the greatest contribution in each award category.

Highlighted at the Annual Dinner at the NJRPA Annual Conference, recognition with an NJRPA award is considered the pinnacle of agency and career success.

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AWARD CATEGORIES

Excellence in Design Awards
Presented for excellence in design of completed Recreation and Park facilities intended for public use.

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Individual Awards
-Fay S. Mathewson Award –Friend of Recreation, Parks & Conservation - Click Here for a list of Past Award Winners.
-Public Service Award- Click Here for a list of Past Award Winners.
-Employee of the Year- Click Here for a list of Past Award Winners.
-William D. Foelsch Young Professional of the Year- Click Here for a list of Past Award Winners.
-Association Service Award- Click Here for a list of Past Award Winners.
-Professional of the Year- Click Here for a list of Past Award Winners.
-Michael B. Berman Award for Administrative Excellence- Click Here for a list of Past Award Winners.
-Frederick C. Sutro Memorial Award – Honoring a retired professional. - Click Here for a list of Past Award Winners.

Excellence in Programming Awards
-Daniel M. Gasalberti Recreation Programming Award – Programs occurring over a number of days/weeks
-Visual & Cultural Arts Programming Award
-Special Events Programming Award – One time event where member agency is the lead agency planning and delivering the event
-Therapeutic & Wellness Programming Award
-Educational & Interpretive Programming Award

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Agency Showcase Awards
The Agency Showcase Awards recognize outstanding marketing campaigns and promotional materials which encourage participation in recreation activities or promote health and wellness programs.
-Activity, Facility or Agency Brochure, Print or Electronic
-Activity, Facility or Agency Newsletter, Print or Electronic
-Activity or Event Flyer or Poster
-Digital Media Promotion (Website/Video/Social Media)
-Event, Facility or Agency Marketing Campaign

Click Here for a list of Past Agency Showcase Award Winners.