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
Awards Committee Co-Chair
Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Date and Location TBD
MRPA will celebrate the professional awards recipients for 2020 and their outstanding accomplishments during the professional awards ceremony. The deadline to nominate someone for a MRPA professional award is in November. The awards committee will follow up with recipients in December. MRPA is moving this years' awards luncheon to be held in conjunction with the MRPA Annual Conference in October, 2021 in hopes of an in-person gathering. The Annual General Meeting was held virtually on January 8, 2021.
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Professional Award Winners 2020
MRPA will honor the following outstanding parks and recreation professionals at the MRPA Professional Awards Ceremony at the Annual Conference:
CLIFTON E. FRENCH AWARD
JACK NILES AWARD
DOROTHEA NELSON AWARD
TOMMY JOHNSON AWARD
Congratulations to the 2020 MRPA Professional Award recipients!
Awards of Excellence
Each year MRPA recognizes agencies or organizations in Minnesota for outstanding achievements in the following "Award of Excellence" categories:
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
Administrative or Management Strategies:
Marketing & Communications:
Park and Facility:
Programming and Events:
Sponsorships and Partnerships:
Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2018 - Read More
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Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2015 - Read More