Awards and annual recognition of members

All active members of the Association are eligible to receive an award or special recognition. Nominations are open in October and generally close annually on December 31.  

Two awards, the Honorary Life Member and President's Award are infrequently presented at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Outstanding Project or Program:

Park agencies and Special Districts often offer programs that far exceed the norm.  Equally, new projects are created that deserve special recognition.  Consequently, this award provides the opportunity for Association members to "show off" that exceptional program or project to others and click here for award criteria.

Award application

Outstanding Professional:

Each year an outstanding professional is recognized for his/her contributions to the profession.  Often this individual has given above and beyond the call of duty.  Complete the following application to help recognize your deserving professional.  To view the award criteria,  click here.


Outstanding Commissioner:

The most coveted individual award presented by the Association is the Outstanding Commissioner. Click here for award criteria.

Outstanding Board or Commission: 

The most prestigious award presented to a city or special district is the Outstanding Commission/District award. Read the detailed criteria for this award; simply click here.