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GoldMedalLogo1City of Fairfax wins the National Gold Medal Award, 2011


AAPRA and NRPA selected agencies to compete for one of park and recreation’s highest honors. The Gold Medal Award honors communities 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 energe4is of citizens, staff and elected officials. A panel of five parks and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both local and national levels.
Communities submit an extensive application that is judged among other communities in their classification. The classification is based on population. The City of Fairfax is in Class V (population 25,000 and under). The City of Fairfax was selected as one of the four finalists in this classification. The other 2011 Gold Medal Finalists were: City of Green River, Wyoming; City of Lafayette, Colorado and City of Cullman, Alabama. The finalists were then required to submit a 12 minutes DVD that best depicts the community and the parks and recreation department.
The 2011 Grand Plaque Recipients were announced live during NRPA’s Annual Congress & Exposition in Atlanta, GA in November 2011.
The American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) 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 parks 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 parks and recreation administration.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of roughly 21,000 professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.

Best Promotional Effort

Basic Award for the 2010 Sponsorship & Opportunities brochure in the category for cities of its size awarded by Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS).
The City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department was recognized for its promotion of the 2009 Leisure times by Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) at the VRPS annual conference held in Hampton on September 13, 2010.

Other awards include:
• Winner, 2011 National Gold Medal Award
• Finalist for the 2010 National Gold Medal Awards
• Best in Virginia Award – Van Dyck Park (2012)
• Best of Fairfax Award – The Washingtonian – Van Dyck Park and Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts (2010)
• Forbes #3 – Best Place to Live in USA (2009)
• VPRS – Best New Facility Award / Stafford Drive Park (2009)
• Community Appearance Award / Stafford Drive Park (2009)
• VPRS – Best Renovation Award / Draper Drive Park (2009)
• VRPS – Best Promotional Piece Award (2008, 2009, 2010)
• Tree City USA – 23 years
• Virginia General Assembly – Resolution of Commendation Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts
2009 Outstanding New Professional award by Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS)

Karen Lussier, Recreation Manger, was awarded the Outstanding New Professional Award at the VRPS annual conference held I Hampton on September 13, 2010. This award is in recognition of outstanding commitment and achievements in the parks and recreation field.