WAUKEGAN PARK DISTRICT NAMED GOLD MEDAL FINALIST June 05, 2012 To: All Media
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Waukegan Park District
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WAUKEGAN PARK DISTRICT NAMED GOLD MEDAL FINALIST
Waukegan, IL (June 5, 2012) - The Waukegan Park District has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in Class III (Population of 50,001 to 100,000) by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards Program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into five classes based on population. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective efforts of citizens, staff and elected officials. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for Grand Plaque Award honors each year. A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.
The Waukegan Park District will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer against other Class III agencies including:
" City of Kettering (OH) Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department
" James City County Parks and Recreation, Williamsburg, VA
" Roswell (GA) Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs.
Gold Medal recipients will be announced at an awards dinner as part of the NRPA's Annual Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, CA, October 16-18, 2012.
About the Waukegan Park District
Established on December 26, 1916, the district has 47 properties and 720 acres of land, which includes 18-hole Bonnie Brook and 9-hole Greenshire Golf Courses. The District operates the Field House Sports and Fitness Center, the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, the Waukegan SportsPark, the Waukegan Skate Park, the Waukegan BMX Track, recreational centers, an outdoor swimming pool, outdoor sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, and sports courts including basketball and tennis. A full range of programs and services are offered year round for all ages including special populations. Cultural events are provided by the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus, the Bowen Park Theatre Company, and the Waukegan History Museum. The award-winning District employs 60 full-time staff and over 250 part-time, year round, seasonal and temporary employees. The District is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), and Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA). The District holds IAPD Distinguished Agency and Park District Risk Management Agency Accreditations and maintains a Level A Loss Control Program.