BRISTOL – Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services is one of four finalist organizations across the country that are considered to receive the 2022 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management.
The award is considered one of the highest honors for recreation and parks organizations, city officials said.
The award is intended to recognize public recreation and parks agencies as well as state parks across the country that demonstrate excellence in resource management, new approaches, and forward planning to deliver superior park services. with fiscally responsible practices.
“It is a tremendous accomplishment for BPRYCS to be selected as one of four finalists nationally for communities serving populations of 30,001 to 75,000 people,” said Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Bristol Youth and Community Services, Dr Josh Medeiros, in a statement. “This distinction would not be possible without the hard work of our professional team, board members, community partners and elected officials who continue to support the work of our service.
Bristol, among three other finalists, is in the running for the Grand Plaque Award. The recognition is expected to be announced in September in Phoenix, Arizona at the 2022 NRPA conference. Other agencies Bristol is competing against include Hoffman Estates Park District, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois; Park District of Oak Park, Oak Park, Illinois, and the Waukesha, Wisconsin Department of Recreation and Forestry.
BPRYCS made a short video focusing on the core values and services of the department. Five judges are expected to review all content and materials submitted by each agency ahead of the awards ceremony in September.
“Each finalist is congratulated on receiving this prestigious award,” Jane Adams, executive director of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, said in a statement. “We know that local communities and military installations around the world continue to meet demands for service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes increased visits to trails, parks, playgrounds and greenways. Park visitors and program participants rely on their service provider for physical, mental and emotional support during this ongoing pandemic.”
The two non-profit organizations, the National Recreation and Park Association as well as the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration partner in the administration of the National Gold Medal Award. The National Recreation and Park Association promotes equal access to parks as well as conservation efforts and healthy lifestyles practiced in public spaces. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration seeks to advance knowledge related to recreation spaces and parks through scientific endeavor, research, and the dissemination of information.