WRPA Award Nominations Have Been Extended


WRPA Award Nominations Are Underway

WRPA wants to honor Washington's exceptional people, parks, and programs. We know that you work hard as a park and recreation professional to enhance the lives of the people in your community. We want to celebrate that hard work!

The WRPA Awards Program honors individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of recreation and parks. We have a variety of awards to help you gain recognition and this year we have made the nominations process much easier. 

WRPA hands out more than 20 different awards every year in these three categories:

Learn more about the requirements for nominating yourself, a colleague, or your agency to earn one of these coveted recreation and park awards.

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Congratulations to last year's winners and three cheers to the Washington State agencies who won awards and earned accreditation at the NRPA Conference this year (more details below).

Congratulations to Shoreline for Getting CAPRA Accreditation!

The City of Shoreline is celebrating becoming the third city in Washington State to earn national accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This esteemed accomplishment places Shoreline in the good company of Tacoma and Bellevue as they join the top 1% of Parks and Recreation agencies across the country.

CAPRA accreditation is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met 151 rigorous best practice standards related to the management and administration of parks and open spaces, facilities, resources, recreation programs, safety, and services.  

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Congratulations to Metro Parks Tacoma for Taking Home the Gold!

Metro Parks Tacoma has won the prestigious 2019 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, the top achievement in the industry.

The announcement was made Tuesday, September 24 by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) at the opening session of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) annual conference.

Metro Parks also learned at the conference that it has earned accreditation for a second time, meaning it remains in an elite group of agencies that meet 151 rigorous standards for managing lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety, and services. Only three agencies in Washington State have earned accreditation.

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