The Rockford Park District received the 2012 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The Gold Medal Award honors park and recreation agencies throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long‐range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff, and elected officials.
Rockford Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke, Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners President Jack Armstrong, and Park Board Commissioners Doug Brooks and Tyler Smith accepted the Gold Medal Grand Plaque at the NRPA's Annual Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, CA.
This is a major accomplishment not just for the Rockford Park District, but for the entire community. The Rockford Park District is now known as the best park district in the nation. Our citizens deserve the best, and it is one of our highest priorities that residents have exceptional parks and recreation facilities, services, and programs at a reasonable cost. This achievement is a testament to the great leadership by the park board, commitment of the districts team members, valuable partners, and involved citizens that believe in the impact that parks and recreation has in their lives.
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