The WRPA Awards Program

The Washington Recreation & Park Association celebrates people, parks and programs with an annual awards program honoring individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of parks and recreation in Washington State. We have three major categories that we recognize: Professional Awards, Citation of Merit Awards and Spotlight Awards. Each of these categories has subcategories that are detailed below.

Nominations are closed for the 2017 year. We will open the 2018 award nomination in November, 2018. 

View 2017 award recipients


Professional Awards

Honor Fellow Award
As the highest recognition bestowed by WRPA to an individual, the Honor Fellow Award recognizes an individual’s lifetime achievement in the field of parks and recreation. The individual selected must be equal in mind, character and professionalism to those who have preceded him or her and must set an example for those who will follow.

Young Professional Award
The Young Professional Award recognizes up and coming leaders in the parks and recreation profession. Those selected for the honor possess the qualities and talents that will result in their assuming top leadership roles in the field and within WRPA in the future.

Ron C. Davis II Unsung Hero Award
The Ron C Davis II Award recognizes an individual for their unwavering commitment, leadership, passion, and contributions to the profession.  This award is meant for those individuals who work tirelessly to make a difference in people’s lives, without being in the spotlight, without significant acknowledgement, but with steadfast grace and passion.  This award is for an Unsung Hero.

President's Award
The President's Award allows the current WRPA President to honor an individual or organization of their choosing.

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award honors recently retired professionals for outstanding service in the field of parks and recreation.


Citation of Merit Awards

The Citation of Merit Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the field of parks and recreation. The Citation of Merit Award includes four award categories: Citizen, Legislative, Organization and Professional.

  • Citizen - Honors a lay person’s contributions to the field of parks and recreation.
  • Legislative - Honors an elected or appointed official who has contributed to the field of parks and recreation through legislative action.
  • Organization - Honors an organization that has contributed to the field of parks and recreation.
  • Professional - Honors a parks and recreation professional’s contributions to the field of parks and recreation and WRPA.

Spotlight Awards

Spotlight Awards recognize outstanding achievements by parks and recreation agencies. Award categories include: facilities and parks; marketing and outreach; and, program excellence.

Facilities & Parks
Recognizes excellence in parks and recreation facility design and construction.

  • Indoor Spaces – Facilities (defined as having a roof and walls) that have a recreational use component.
  • Outdoor Spaces – Outdoor areas that have a recreational use component.
  • Trails – Recreational trail or path.

Marketing & Outreach
Honors efforts to connect and engage community members while encouraging participation in parks and recreation activities.

  • Promotional Materials – Print or digital media materials that promote a park, facility, program or event and that successfully demonstrated an increased level of public awareness.
  • Innovative Outreach & Marketing – Marketing materials, practices or strategies that successfully improved community engagement.

Program Excellence
Honors achievement in the delivery of parks and recreation programs and services.

  • Arts & Cultural Services – Programs, initiatives or special events that celebrate community character and reinforce the value of visual, performing or historic resources.
  • Cultural Competency – Programs, initiatives or special events that reach across cultural boundaries to educate, include, welcome and serve all individuals.
  • Environmental Stewardship – Programs, initiatives or special events that enhance the physical environment, promote the conservation of natural resources or connect individuals with nature.
  • Health & Wellness – Programs, initiatives or special events that promote healthy lifestyles and community wellness.
  • Innovative Programming – Programs, initiatives or special events that are unique and cutting edge.

 

Scholarship

Mickey Corso Scholarship
As a tribute to Mickey and the professional leadership he provided in the field of parks and recreation, his family, friends and co-workers have established the Mickey Corso Leadership Scholarship.


Past Award Winners