Congratulations! Cleveland Metroparks awarded ‘Best in the Nation’

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Cleveland Metroparks Award

CLEVELAND-A big congratulations to the Cleveland Metroparks! They are the winners of the prestigious 2016 National Gold Medal Award for excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) gave them the award.

The Gold Medal is one of the highest professional awards available to parks and recreation agencies nationwide and involves a stringent qualification and judging process.

According to a release by the Cleveland Metroparks, the award is the fourth Gold Medal Award win for the Park District, and the first under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Brian M. Zimmerman who has been instrumental in initiating and executing several major initiatives, including the recently announced nearly $8 million TIGER grant aimed at reconnecting Cleveland.

“This award validates that our vision, backed by our strategic plan is on target,” said Zimmerman. “We are focused on enhancing recreational opportunities and growing trail connections, especially in Cleveland’s urban core. Accessibility is a guiding principle in everything we do.”

According to the release, ‘The Gold Medal Award’ 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. Gold Medal Award winners were announced at NRPA’s annual conference in Saint Louis, Missouri.

This recognition comes as Cleveland Metroparks prepares to enter its centennial year, celebrating 100 years of rich history.

Cleveland Metroparks long history of Gold Medal success includes wins in 1994, 2001 and 2007.