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“The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices.

The Gold Medal Award Program includes seven classes: five classes based upon population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems in odd numbered years. At the beginning of each calendar year, agencies are invited to submit applications for consideration, with a deadline of mid-March. Finalists are announced at the end of April, and the Grand Award recipients are announced at the NRPA Annual Conference in the fall.

A panel of five park 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.”

Park and recreation agencies must complete a written application to be selected as a finalist and from there they must complete a short film reflecting their agency commitments for display on their website. The Lombard Park District is honored to be a 2018 finalist and invites all members of the community to view the film at, and share why Lombard is a great place to enjoy life.

For more information, please feel free to contact the District at or call 630–627–1281.