Leesburg, VA (May 9, 2012)
– The American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation & Park Association, has named the Town of Leesburg’s Parks & Recreation Department as one of four finalists for its prestigious National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in the 25,001 to 50,000 population category. The award winners will be announced in October 2012 at the NRPA Annual Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, California.
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. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.
“The Gold Medal is the highest level of recognition an agency can receive in the field of parks and recreation,” said Rich Williams, Leesburg’s Director of Parks & Recreation. “Just being nominated ranks Leesburg among the best parks and recreation agencies in the country. This recognition is the direct result of the hard work of our extremely dedicated and professional staff, along with the support of the Town Council and the entire Leesburg community.”
Leesburg is a past two-time recipient of the Gold Medal Award, having been recognized in 1996 and 2005.
Director of Parks & Recreation