NRPA Gold Medal Award

What Is the Gold Medal?Gold medal with text Gold Medal Winner Coppell Parks and Recreation

Awarded by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management recognizes agencies from across the country for their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

What Does It Mean to Be a Grand Plaque Recipient?

Coppell Parks and Recreation was selected in 2019, 2020, and 2021 as a Gold Medal finalist. In 2021, the department received the Grand Plaque in the Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000) category. This honor is a result of Coppell’s intentional work to provide exceptional services and create unique experiences in City parks and facilities. A CAPRA-accredited agency, the department promotes quality recreational and educational opportunities that enhance the overall health of individuals and the community through responsible stewardship of natural and allocated resources.

A panel of five park and recreation professionals judged all applications to select the Finalists who then submitted a 5-minute video and their current strategic plan. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.  

This year’s Grand Plaque recipients were announced at the 2021 National Recreation and Park Association Conference, held in person and virtually in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 21.