NRPA Awards Gold Medal in Parks & Recreation to St. George
Las Vegas, NV Sept. 15, 2015 – The National Park and Recreation Association (NRPA) today awarded a gold medal and the Grand Plaque to the Leisure Services Department of the City of St. George. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. St. George won the Grand Plaque in the Class III, population 75,001 to 150,000 category and is the only city of this size to achieve this high honor. Last year, St. George was a finalist in this same category.
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 seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation communities and the State Park System Class awarded every other year.