GREEN RIVER — The Green River Parks and Recreation Department has been announced as a recipient of the 2020 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.
Green River Parks and Rec received the Class V award, which is designated for cities with a population of less than 30,000 people. A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviewed and judged all application materials.
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) presented the awards virtually due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The Green River Parks and Recreation Department was required to submit a four-minute video highlighting what the department offers to the citizens of Green River. Due to the virtual nature of this year’s award ceremony a one-minute video was submitted introducing themselves, followed by a video thanking the Academy for the award.
Parks and Recreation employees, including director Brad Raney, watched the presentation at City Hall on a big screen. The department celebrated the big win together.
Raney said the award is awesome for his department, but more importantly, is a testament to the hard-working employees of the Parks and Recreation department, and the passion of all residents of Green River for their parks.
“The National Gold Medal Awards, both the Finalist and the Grand Plaques, are especially significant this year as agencies were adapting to a new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” AAPRA President Dianne Hoover said. “Agencies were experiencing unprecedented increase in park usage at the same time they were adapting to new recreation program delivery challenges. Each agency is to be commended and congratulated.”
Green River Parks and Recreation is the first agency in Wyoming to win the award. The official presentation of the Grand Plaque from NRPA representatives will occur at the City Council meeting on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 7 pm in City Hall.
The four-minute video can be viewed on Facebook here or below: