The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department will learn in September if they are bringing home the gold! Currently a National Finalist, the Grand Plaque Award honoree for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management will be awarded on Sept. 21 at the National Convention. The recognition is from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
“This is an exciting recognition for the Town and the staff of our outstanding Community Services Department,” said Mayor Ginny Dickey. “We are fortunate to have world-class parks, trails, and services that residents and visitors enjoy. Our small, but mighty department, deserves this acknowledgment.”
The National Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition. Applications are separated into six classes, with five classes based on population and one class for armed forces. The seven Grand Plaque recipients will be announced during the 2021 NRPA Conference, held virtually and in-person September 21-23 in Nashville, Tenn.
Fountain Hills is a finalist in Class Five (population 30,000 or less) category. Communities in this category also finalists include East Goshen Township Parks and Recreation, West Chester, Pa., Deerfield Park District, Deerfield, Ill., and Vernon Hills Park District, Vernon Hills, Ill.
The Community Services Department oversees and works collaboratively with many community organizations to maintain and provide services with Town parks, trails, Community Center, parks and recreation, community arts programs, volunteers, special events, Home Delivered Meals, and more.
“It is a collaborative team approach with our partners and staff to create programs and services and continually improve our parks to meet the needs and desires of our residents,” said Community Services Director Rachael Goodwin.
For more information on the National Gold Medal Award Program and the Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department, visit www.fh.az.gov/187/Community-Services.