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2017 MRPA Annual Association Awards


Awards Criteria & Nomination Award

 

  

The awards deadline was February 6, 2017. Awards nominations have been closed. Information regarding 2018 awards program coming soon!



Legacy Awards
                               Citation Award
  • Must have demonstrated significant and exemplary service to the field of parks and recreation
  • Must have contributed a minimum of five years to the leisure services profession within the state

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    Special consideration will be given to those serving at the national and/or regional level
  • Current President, Awards Chair & MRPA staff are not eligible to receive this award
  • Need not be a member of MRPA
  • Individual may be recognized only once for this award

John P. "Jack" Hewitt

Distinguished Fellow Recognition

 

  • Full-time career professional in parks/recreation & leisure services for a minimum of 20 years
  • Held elected office in MRPA or one of its approved branches and/or served as a standing committee chair for a cumulative total of at least five years
  • Must be a current professional MRPA member during period of recognition being cited
  • Individual may be recognized only once for this award

Connie Romanello Lifetime Volunteer Award

 

  • The recipient must have demonstrated significant & exemplary public service as a volunteer in the area of parks, recreation, resource conservation, or leisure services for a minimum of 20 years at the local, state, and/or national level
  • At least 15 years of service must be performed within the state
  • The recipient must have been a member of MRPA for at least 10 years
  • Special consideration will be given for service at the national and/or regional levels
  • Only one award will be presented annually
  • Individual may be recognized only once for this award

 Retired Life

  • Retired professional (no longer in a full time career position) who was active in parks/recreation & leisure services field for a minimum of 20 years
  • MRPA member for a minimum of 15 years, 10 of which involves active participation, such as participation in committees, offices (MRPA or Branch), awards received and/or encourage staff under their direction to actively participate in MRPA.

 

 


 

Outstanding Service Awards

Group/Organization Award

  

  • Volunteer group/organization within the state which has contributed outstanding service within the past two years to the parks, recreation and leisure profession
  • Need not to be a member of MRPA

Agency Volunteer Award

 

  • An individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to a park and/or recreation agency within the state, such as a recreation council, board member, foundation member or office volunteer
  • Only service during the past two years will be considered
  • Need not be a member of MRPA

Community Volunteer Award

  • An individual recognized for outstanding service to a local/community park, recreation or leisure program within the state
  • Emphasis on leadership and/or significant contribution to an activity or program
  • Only service during the past five years will be considered
  • Need not be a member of MRPA

 


 

 


 Specialty Awards

Writing, Research, or Audio Visual Award


  • Must be a published writing, researched or audio Visual publication which has enhanced MRPA or the profession of parks and leisure services.
  • Contribution may be at national, state or local level
  • Example of publication or production must Accompany the nomination
  • Research must have occurred within the past 5 years
  • Need not be member of MRPA

Landscape Site

 

  • Presented to a public or private agency for their contributions to a natural or designed park landscape in the state
  • Must submit a maximum of ten pictures (on disc or paper)
  • Must include a 1,000 word maximum description of project
  • Must be usable for recreational purposes with the primary emphasis on landscape design
  • Need not be a member of MRPA

 

Award Nominations will be judged on the following:

 Accessibilty

Aesthetics

Uniqueness of Design

Vandal resistance

Appropriate relationship to the setting

Economy of Design

Quality of Design

Maintenance consideration

Popularity

"The Maryland My Maryland"

Special Event/Festival of the Year Award

  • The event shall be held between January and December of prior year
  • Recognizes and promotes a Maryland way of life
  • Have made outstanding contributions to enrich the lives of individuals or groups in neighborhoods or communities in recreation, parks, or conservation
  • Need not be a member of MRPA
  • Event may be recognized once every five years

 

 "Raising Up Award"

 

  • Presented to public departments/agencies for partnering or collaborating with another city, county, state or national agency to create a unique and creative recreation program for the enhancement of the community.
  • The partnership/collaboration can also be interdepartmental with the same municipal agency.
  • Program should have been held within the last two years.
  • Include a description of the program with photos.
  • One agency must be an agency member of MRPA.

Outstanding Member of the Year
  • Recognizes an individual that has shown outstanding dedication to the parks and recreation profession through a special project or effort.
  • Must be an active member of MRPA, who has contributed significantly to the goals and objectives of MRPA during the current year.
  • The recipient must have made outstanding contributions to enrich the lives of individuals in neighborhoods, communities, or the state.
  • Must display exemplary service to MRPA

2017 Online Award Nomination Form 

 

 

Branch Awards


*** Submit 1 copy per nomination ***

 

 

 

Recreation & Leisure Services


RALS

  

Outstanding Recreation Professional

  • Professional who has given outstanding service to the field of recreation
  • Could have been responsible for, but not limited to, contributions of programs, time, creative ideas, professional growth, promotion of volunteer groups, help with favorable legislation, management of an economically sound recreation facility, or other significant event which promotes the general welfare of community recreation
  • Must be a RALS Branch member

Innovative Program Award

  • Presented to an individual or organization for an innovative project or activity that promotes the recreation and leisure services profession
  • Helps to meet the leisure needs of their community

Committee Work of the Year

  • Committee member or entire committee who has displayed outstanding leadership and involvement in any RALS Branch standing or special committee
  • Must be a RALS Branch member(s)

Member of the Year

  • Individual who has provided outstanding service to the recreation and leisure services profession and MRPA through involvement in the RALS Branch and other organizations

Donald Lewis Long, Sr. Student Award

  • Student who has achieved academic excellence
  • has significantly promoted recreation and leisure services at his/her college or community
  • Letter of support from recreation services curriculum is necessary for this award

Park & Resource Conservation Branch


PARC


Planning & Design with

Environmental Protection in Mind

  • Agency which has used staff to design and/or develop park land which demonstrates maximum utilization of a facility with minimum impact to the existing environment unique feature will be given special consideration

Creative Maintenance Category

  • Implemented maintenance idea that demonstrates labor/cost saving
  • Alternatively, a design that uniquely enhances a facility, building, or project

Creative Programming Award

  • Agency or individual who develops a creative program to include topics of interpretation, recreation, and/or conservation and/or vandalism reduction efforts, Volunteer work, etc…

Student Award

  • Student who made a contribution to the PARC Branch or to the field of park resource and conservation in the state
  • Contributions could include: maintenance, landscaping, conservation, or interpretive projects or programs

Service Award


Person or group for outstanding service to the field of parks and resource conservation Short-term major projects and/or long time service in the field will be considered (i.e., time saving ideas, helping with favorable legislation, a major construction project, or a significant community event)


 

Therapeutic Recreation Branch


TR


 

Outstanding Recognition Award

  • Demonstrated significant, long range contributions and exemplary service for a minimum of three years to the TR Branch as well as the therapeutic recreation profession
  • Individual may be recognized only once for this award
  • Must be a TR Branch member

Innovative Program Award

  • Agency or special program in recognition of an outstanding event/program exemplifying Creativity/innovative, resource usage, therapeutic value, and participant benefit
  • All events must have occurred within the past year and have been completed before entry or be an ongoing project

Practitioner Award

  • Has significantly contributed to the improvement and enhancement of the therapeutic recreation profession
  • Must have shown exceptional practical applications of the principals and concept of therapeutic recreation
  • Must be a TR Branch member

Committee Work of the Year

  • Committee member or entire committee who has displayed outstanding leadership and involvement in any TR Branch standing or special committee
  • Must be TR Branch member(s)

Volunteer Award

  • Volunteer or volunteer group which has contributed outstanding service to the field of therapeutic recreation, at the agency or departmental or direct service level in the state within the past year

Outstanding Student Award

  • Student who has achieved academic excellence
  • Has significantly promoted the ideals and philosophies of therapeutic recreation within the state, his/her college, and/or community
  • Letter of support from a therapeutic recreation curriculum is necessary for this award

 

 

 

2017 Online Award Nomination Form

 



AWARDS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

If you have any questions regarding MRPA awards, please contact the Awards Committee Chair:

 

Elisabeth Deal

City of Rockville
Work: (240) 314-8658
EDeal@rockvillemd.gov

      

    

       

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