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May 21, 2012






Veda McMullen, Communications Specialist


James City County chosen as a gold medal finalist


James City County is a finalist for the 2012 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The finalists were revealed in early May by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) who select agencies to compete for this prestigious honor in the park and recreation industry.


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 ecognition. Applications are separated into five classes based on population. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year. Since 1999, James City County has been named a finalist seven times.


Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels. Round two of the application process is underway. The award winners will be announced at the NRPA’s Annual Congress & Exposition in October.


The 2012 Gold Medal finalists are: 


Class I (population 250,000 and over)


  • City of Henderson (NV) Parks and Recreation Department
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Riverdale, MD
  • Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, Charlotte, NC
  • Plano (TX) Parks and Recreation

Class II (population 100,001 – 250,000)


  • City of Round Rock (TX) Parks and Recreation Department
  • Conejo Recreation and Park District, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Rockford (IL) Park District
  • South Suburban Park and Recreation District, Centennial, CO

Class III (population 50,001 – 100,000)


  • 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
  • Waukegan (IL) Park District

Class IV (population 25,001 – 50,000)

  • St. Charles (IL) Park District
  • Town of Castle Rock (CO) Parks and Recreation Department
  • Town of Leesburg (VA) Parks and Recreation Department
  • West Bend (WI) Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Class V (population less than 25,000)         


  • City of Cullman (AL) Parks and Recreation
  • City of Lafayette (CO)
  • Durango (CO) Parks and Recreation Department
  • Town of Erie (CO) Parks and Recreation Department


Armed Forces Recreation

  • Fort Knox, KY
  • Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA
  • Naval Base San Diego, CA
  • Naval Station Great Lakes, IL

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