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    NRPA Announces 2011 National Award Winners

    Ashburn, Va- The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently announced the winners of the association’s 2011 National Awards program. NRPA National Awards are presented to individuals and agencies annually across the U.S. to honor their efforts-both professional and personal-in the field of parks and recreation. Recipients are selected by NRPA’s National Forum Awards Committee-made up of industry experts from around the nation-and are chosen for excellence in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach.

    NRPA will present the awards publicly at a special reception at the association’s 2011 Congress & Exposition in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 2.

    The 2011 National Award Winners are:

    Barb King Award for Environmental Stewardship
    Jean “Susie” Schreiber, Chair, Waukegan Harbor Citizens Advisory Council – Waukegan, Ill.

    Barb King Award for Environmental Leadership
    City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department – Boulder, Colo.

    Dorothy Mullen Arts and Humanities Awards
    Class I – Summer Entertainment Series: Ossian Hall International Performance Series, Fairfax, Va.
    Class II – Bimbè Cultural Arts Festival, Durham, N.C.
    Class III – South Westminster Arts Group, Westminster, Colo.
    Class IV – Big Deal Productions, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

    Excellence in Inclusion Award – Agency
    City of Miami Department of Parks and Recreation – Miami, Fla.

    Excellence in Inclusion Award – Individual
    Terri Johnson, Executive Director, Municipal Partners for Inclusive Recreation – Des Peres, Mo.

    Excellence in Military Recreation Award
    Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam MWR – Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    Excellence in Teaching Award
    Gwynn M. Powell, Associate Professor, University of Georgia – Athens, Ga.

    Excellence in Water Safety Award
    Make a Splash Program – Bakersfield, Calif.

    National Health and Fitness Award
    Indy Parks Fitness and Education Program – Indianapolis, Ind.
    National Humanitarian Award – Corporate
    Fairfax County Park Authority – Fairfax, Va.

    Kudos Award for Marketing Campaign
    Fox Valley Park District – Aurora, Ill.

    Kudos Award for Marketing Piece
    Fairfax County Park Authority – Fairfax, Va.

    Kudos Award for Public Relations
    OC (Orange County) Parks – Irvine, Calif.

    National Literary Award
    Robert E. Manning, Professor, University of Vermont – Burlington, Vt.

    National Partnership Award
    City of Bell Gardens, Calif.

    National Park or Facility Design Award
    Class I – Johnson Creek, Arlington, Texas
    Class II – Bethesda Park, Durham, N.C.

    Ralph C. Wilson Award
    Ernest Burkeen, Jr., Director, City of Miami Parks and Recreation – Miami, Fla.

    Theodore & Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Research
    David Scott, Professor, Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas

    Recognition of Significant Efforts (R.O.S.E.) Award
    Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation – Seattle, Wash.

    National Voluntary Service Award
    Harold L. Strickland, Sully District Rep., Fairfax County Park Authority Board – Fairfax, Va.

    National Distinguished Citizen Award
    Dennis Flanagin, Commissioner, Lan Oak Park District – Lansing, Ill.

    National Distinguished Professional Award
    John Whitmore, Organizational Development Manager, City of Denton – Denton, Texas

    New Professional Award
    Tiffany Johnson, Supervisory Recreation Specialist, D.C. Dept. of Parks and Recreation – Washington, D.C.

    Young Professional Award
    Kara Kish, Assistant Superintendent, Vigo County Parks and Recreation – Terre Haute, Ind.

    The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.

    For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

    Amy Kapp
    Communications Manager
    National Recreation and Park Association
    22377 Belmont Ridge Road
    Ashburn, VA 20148
    [email protected]

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