The purpose of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Associations 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-wide 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 Awards Dinner at the NJRPA Annual Conference, recognition with an NJRPA award is considered the pinnacle of agency and career success.
Excellence in Design Awards
Presented for excellence in design of completed Recreation and Park facilities intended for public use in the following categories:
Fay S. Mathewson Award –Friend of Recreation, Parks & Conservation
Public Service Award
Employee of the Year
William D. Foelsch Rising Professional of the Year
Gregory T. Marshall Environmental Steward Award
Association Service Award
Professional of the Year
Michael B. Berman Award for Administrative Excellence
Frederick C. Sutro Lifetime Achievement Award
Excellence in Programming Awards
Daniel M. Gasalberti Recreation Programming Award
Jacquie Stanley Excellence in Therapeutic Programming Award
Visual & Cultural Arts Programming Award
Special Events Programming Award
Health and Wellness Programming Award
Educational & Interpretive Programming Award
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
Excellence in Design Awards
Applications for the Excellence in Design Awards is complete. Check back in 2020 for your next opportunity to submit your application. If your agency has completed construction on a recreational facility in the past three years, please consider submitting it for an Excellence in Design Award. Please complete the application and mail it to Awards Committee, NJRPA, 1 Wheeler Way, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Applications for the Publicity, Program and Individual Awards deadline for submission is Friday, December 20, 2019.
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