James City County Parks and Recreation Chosen as an American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration 2005 Gold Medal Finalist
Date: May 25, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy A. Hibbard - Communications Coordinator
Phone: (757) 259-3217
James City County, VA - (May 25, 2005) James City County's Division of Parks and Recreation has been recognized as a finalist in the 2005 National Gold Medal Awards program in Class IV population of 25,000 - 50,000. These awards are presented annually to communities throughout the United States for excellence in park and recreation management, in cooperation with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
The National Gold Medal Awards are open to any city, municipal park and recreation department, park and recreation district plus the 50-state park systems in the United States. Each department must have its own budget, official population statistics (provided by the census), and programs and activities within specific and exclusive boundaries to be eligible. The Gold Medals honor communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, citizen support systems, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.
This year's finalists will compete for Grand Award honors this spring, and all winners will be announced live on stage at NRPA's Annual Congress & Exposition Opening General Session in San Antonio, Texas in October. This marks six out of the last seven years James City County has been honored with this recognition.
For more information on Parks and Recreation programs, call (757) 259-3200 or visit us on the web at www.jccEgov.com