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Nov. 29, 2012






John Carnifax, Director of James City County Parks and Recreation


JCC named best managed parks and recreation agency in the nation


parks and rec rewardJames City County is the recipient of the 2012 Gold Medal Award which recognizes the County as the best managed park and recreation system in the nation in its population category. The award was presented by the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration during their annual conference last month.


The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, 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.


The award was presented to the community during the Nov. 27 Board of Supervisors meeting. Accepting the award are the Supervisors, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Parks and Recreation staff.


Since the Gold Medal Award Program began in 1966, James City County’s win is the first win for Virginia in this class. The County is only the seventh Virginia department to ever win the award.


A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviewed and judged all application materials. The 2012 Award Recipients: Class I (population over 250,000)-Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, Charlotte, NC; Class II (population 100,001-250,000)-Rockford Park District, IL; Class III (population 50,001-100,000)-James City County; Class IV (population 25,001-50,000)-Town of Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Department, CO; Class V (population less than 25,000)-Durango Parks and Recreation Department, Durango, CO.


To view the winning Gold Medal video, visit the County’s YouTube site at The program is also cablecast daily on JCC TV (Cox Cable Channel 48) at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  


Photo Caption (l-r): Doug Powell, Robert Middaugh, John McGlennon, Mary Jones, Seth Benton, Scott Van Voorhees, Arlana Fauntleroy, John Carnifax (holding award), Jim Icenhour, Craig Metcalfe, Linda Wallace-Cody, Jay Lipscomb, Nancy Ellis, Carla Brittle, Veda McMullen, Wilford Kale and Mike Hand.


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