Rolling Meadows Park District National Gold Medalist Award Finalist

Rita Weidner
Updated 6/3/2019 7:23 AM

Rolling Meadows Park District Announced as Finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

Rolling Meadows, IL. May 31, 2019 -- The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce Rolling Meadows Park District as a finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for over 10 years.


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. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems awarded on odd numbered years.

Rolling Meadows Park District is a finalist in the Class V category, population 30,000 or less. The Rolling District covers approximately 5 square miles, serving 24,000 residents. Rolling Meadows Park District has 11 parks, 5 facilities, and 151.7 acres of land. It provides its residents with a number of various recreation areas, amenities, and athletic fields including ballfields, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park, bike/walking paths, indoor ice arenas, a pool, a fitness and gymnastics center, and banquet facilities. Over 2,000 programs and events are offered annually.

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff, and elected officials. Rolling Meadows Park District joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year.

"It's fantastic to be selected as a finalist for the NRPA Gold Medal Award "said Board Vice-President Bill Cooley. " The Board greatly appreciates the amazing staff, affiliate groups, community volunteers, and participants that have helped us to stand out as an outstanding agency."

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A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.

This year's finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the seven Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 24--26, 2019.

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit or

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit

The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives, and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA's flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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