MRPA Awards

Awards Committee

The purpose of the Awards Committee is to recognize individuals, agencies, organizations, or institutions for their excellent, outstanding, or unique accomplishments in recreation, parks, leisure services, conservation of the environment, and the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association.

Awards Committee Co-Chair
Alyssa Fram
Plymouth Parks and Recreation
763.509.5225
afram@plymouthmn.gov

Awards Committee Co-Chair
JJ Williams
Washington County Parks and Recreation
651.430.8245
jj.williams@co.washington.mn.us


Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon

January 14, 2022
Apple Valley Community Center
Apple Valley, MN


Professional Award Recipients 2020

MRPA honored the following outstanding parks and recreation professionals at the MRPA Professional Awards Ceremony at the Annual Conference:   

CLIFTON E. FRENCH AWARD
Sandy Breuer, Washington County

JACK NILES AWARD
Nate Rosa, St. Louis Park

DOROTHEA NELSON AWARD
Nicole Gorman, Edina

HORIZON AWARD
Chris Fleck, Eagan
JJ Williams, Washington County  

TOMMY JOHNSON AWARD
St. Louis Park Parks and Recreation  

LEADERSHIP AWARD
Dale McCamish, Rochester 

Congratulations to the 2020 MRPA Professional Award recipients!






Professional Awards

MRPA will celebrate the professional awards recipients for 2021 and their outstanding accomplishments during the professional awards ceremony. The nomination form is online this year and can be completed by clicking here. All nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, November 3.

Click here to learn more about the award categories.

Nomination Procedure:

Nominating an individual for and MRPA Professional Award, Board and Commission and Special Award is an easy process. MRPA professional members who are nominated will receive a professional profile form to complete that will provide more information about their professional experience and MRPA involvement. The MRPA Professional Award recipients are honored during the Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon.


Professional Award Recipients 2020


Awards of Excellence

Each year MRPA recognizes agencies or organizations in Minnesota for outstanding achievements in the following "Award of Excellence" categories:

  • administrative or management strategies
  • marketing and communications
  • park and facility
  • programming and events
  • sponsorship and partnerships
  • volunteer initiatives

The Awards of Excellence are presented by Minnesota Recreation and Park Association, and proudly sponsored by Hiway Credit Union.

A major goal of the Awards of Excellence program is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the excellent parks, trails, and recreation services available in Minnesota. Public presentations of the awards are made before the agencies’ governing bodies throughout the summer season. These projects will also be highlighted in the fall issue of the MRPA member magazine. The deadline is in February of the following year. The next awards cycle is currently underway for projects completed in 2020. The awards committee will score and select agencies and follow up with recipients in the spring.

Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2019 - Read More

Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2018 - Read More

Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2017 - Read More

Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2016 - Read More

Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2015 - Read More


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