Town of Coppell: Coppell Parks and Recreation Announced as Large Plaque Recipient
Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors local parks and recreation agencies, military recreation programs, and state park systems in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-term planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, development program, professional development and agency recognition. The applications are separated into six classes, with five classes based on population, one class for the armed forces and one for national park systems. To receive the Large Plaque, the agency had to first be nominated as a Finalist in its class. There are four (4) finalists in each class.
Coppell Parks and Recreation received the Large Plaque in Category IV (population 30,001 – 75,000). This honor is the result of Coppell’s intentional work to provide exceptional service and create unique experiences in the city’s parks and facilities. An agency accredited by CAPRA, the department promotes quality recreational and educational opportunities that improve the overall health of individuals and the community through responsible management of natural and allocated resources.
“We are extremely honored to receive the Big Plaque this year,” said Jessica Carpenter, Director of Parks and Recreation. “It took the commitment, dedication and passion of the entire department, as well as the support of city leaders, elected officials and our volunteers to achieve this recognition. We are delighted to bring the national gold medal to Coppell.
Jane H. Adams, Executive Director and Administrator of the Gold Medal Program of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, said: “Each of our 2021 Large Plaque recipients demonstrates remarkable resilience and of concern for their constituents and staff to continue providing essential services during this COVID pandemic. The pandemic has shed light on essential services provided by parks and recreation agencies, military installations and state park systems. ”
A panel of five parks and recreation professionals evaluated all entries to select the finalists who then submitted a 5-minute video and their current strategic plan. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation at the local and national levels.
This year’s large plaque recipients were announced at the 2021 National Recreation and Park Association conference, held in person and virtually in Nashville, Tennessee on September 21.