Awards Program


The Florida Recreation and Park Association State Awards Program is designed to recognize and celebrate the individuals and organizations that contribute to the success and value of parks and recreation in the State of Florida.

Designed to bring attention to its recipients, the awards program highlights the successes of Association members, as well as those partners working to achieve shared goals. The sharing of new and creative programs is yet another benefit of involvement in the awards programs.

Excellence in parks and recreation is visible in many places. We encourage you to take notice of the parks and recreation programs, professionals and partners that deserve recognition. Then, take action by nominating them for awards.


2016 Award Winners

For a list of past award winners, click here.


ACHIEVEMENT

The Florida Recreation and Park Association’s Achievement Award recognizes special or unusual service to the Association and the parks, recreation, and leisure services profession.  Individuals receiving this award must have rendered that service within two years of their nomination. Download the
Achievement Award Nomination Form.
         

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

The FRPA Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have provided special or unusual service to the Association; or have made significant contributions to advancing the parks and recreation profession.  Individuals receiving this award must have contributed over a period of time, and the results of their work must be demonstrated in the narrative portion of the nomination form. This award is intended to recognize those that have consistently and without hesitation engaged in the work of the Association.
GOLDEN SHOVEL

The Florida Recreation and Park Association's Golden Shovel Parks Professional Award recognizes the continuous dedication of a park employee who has demonstrated outstanding service to the field of parks and recreation. 
     

LIFETIME

The FRPA Lifetime Award is intended to recognize “lifetime” service to the Florida Recreation and Park Association and the parks, recreation and leisure services profession.  Individuals who are nominated for this award must be retired at the time the award will be presented, have maintained their membership in FRPA, and must have been active in FRPA.
             
            

RISING STAR

The FRPA Rising Star Award will be presented annually to those individuals employed in the field of parks, recreation or leisure services for a period of no more than five years.
 
         

VOLUNTARY SERVICE - INDIVIDUAL

The FRPA Voluntary Service Award for individuals, is presented annually to citizens whose voluntary contributions of time and efforts over a period of time, have improved the quality and quantity of leisure opportunities through parks, recreation and leisure service programs and projects in neighborhoods, communities, or the State of Florida.

AGENCY EXCELLENCE

The FRPA Agency Excellence Award is to recognize and honor the state’s most outstanding community Park, Recreation and/or Leisure Service agencies for excellence in Parks and Recreation in the areas of health, economic development, environmental sustainability, and community development.  Entries must be based on activities that have been initiated in the past year.

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING

The FRPA Innovative Programming Award recognizes the importance of creative, trend setting ideas as the cornerstone of expanding community participation in leisure programs. The award honors agencies that have demonstrated leadership in successfully developing and executing programs or events that reflect groundbreaking ideas. Entries must be based on activities that have been initiated with the past two years, and may be either a one-time event or a multi-session class.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

The FRPA Public Relations Award is presented annually to the individual or agency significantly impacting the public’s awareness and recognition of public parks, recreation and leisure services programs through marketing and public relations. Recognition is available in four categories.

SPORTS TOURISM

The Florida Sports Foundation in partnership with FRPA is proud to present the Excellence in Sport Tourism Award for Florida Recreation and Park Departments. This award program is designed to recognize department contributions to the Sport Tourism efforts of their community. To be considered for this award, a department must be an FRPA member in good standing and nominated by a Florida Sports Foundation Industry Partner in good standing (Regional Sports Commission).

CORPORATE SUPPORT

The FRPA Corporate Support Award is presented annually to the Corporation, Foundation, or Business Entity which has made significant and consistent contributions to the parks, recreation and leisure services field through sponsorship, creation or implementation of a program, project or series of programs which have advanced the field or opened new opportunities for such advancement, within the last one year period.


VOLUNTARY SERVICE - GROUP

The FRPA Voluntary Service Award is presented annually to citizens or organizations whose voluntary contributions of time and efforts over a period of time, have improved the quality and quantity of leisure opportunities through parks, recreation and leisure service programs and projects in neighborhoods, communities, or the State of Florida.