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MRPA Quarterly Award


MRPA Quarterly Award gives credit and recognition to a MRPA member who has contributed to the improvement of the Association through their involvement and accomplishments during the each quarter.


Eligibility:  Nominee must be an MRPA member who is not a member of the Executive Board.


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MRPA 2018 Award Winners


The MRPA Awards Program provides parks and recreation professionals an opportunity to nominate those outstanding individuals who you believed deserve public acknowledgment for outstanding service in and around the field of parks and recreation.


Presentation of the awards was made at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Banquet and the Annual Conference.


MRPA congratulates the following winners!

  • MRPA Outstanding Member of the Year Award, Holly Harden, Howard County Recreation & Parks
  • MRPA Citation Award, Molly Gallant, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks
  • Retired Life, Peggy Mark; P. Doug Meadows
  • Community Volunteer Award, David Cohen, M-NCPPC - Montgomery Parks
  • Community Organization Award, Rockville Civic Ballet
  • Landscape Site / ASLA Award, Largo Town Center Urban Park, M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.
  • Writing, Research or Audio Visual Award, Backpackers, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks
  • Maryland My Maryland Special Event/Festival of the Year Award, STEAMFest, M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.
  • Raising Up Award, Step It Up Family Fitness, M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.

Park & Resource Conservation (PARC) Branch

  • Creative Maintenance Award, Parks Crew of Frederick County, Frederick County Parks & Recreation
  • Creative Programming Award, Kids in Kayaks, Baltimore Outdoor Recreation, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, Kids in Kayaks
  • Service Award, Randall Rosenberger, Brookside Nature Center, M-NCPPC - Montgomery Parks

Recreation & Leisure Service (RALS) Branch

  • Innovative Program Award, M-NCPPC Technovation
  • Innovation Program Award, City of Bowie, Walk This Way
  • Committee of the Year, Marketing & Communications, Christie Irving, Robbin Oden, Ashley Gibbs
  • Outstanding Recreation Professional, Jim McGuire, City of Gaithersburg Parks, Recreation & Culture
  • Donald Lewis Long, Sr. Student Award, Michael Reigle
  • Member of The Year, Jake Chesnutt, M-NCPPC - Prince George's Co.

Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Branch

  • Innovative Program Award, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, Inter-generational Black History Program
  • Innovative Program Award, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, Inter-generational Senior Prom
  • Chairperson's Award, Corey Smith

  • Presidential Recognition, Wanda Ramos
  • Outstanding Committee of the Year Award, Conference Committee, Terri Hilton, City of Rockville Recreation & Parks and Duncan Mullis, Montgomery Village Foundation, Co-Chairs
  • Outstanding Committee of the Year Award, Training & Education Committee, Laura Wetherald, Chair

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

Matthew Purkins

 Baltimore County Recreation & Parks

(410) 887-1938


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