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2023 NRPA Revenue Development & Management School Scholarship

The American Parks & Recreation Foundation (Foundation), nonprofit philanthropic partner of the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration (Academy), announces scholarships to cover the tuition for two (2) professionals to attend the National Recreation & Park Association’s 2023 Revenue Development & Management School (Year 1), which will be held March 12-17 at the Oglebay National Training Center in Wheeling, WV. The Revenue Development & Management School is designed to provide parks and recreation professionals with the knowledge, skills. and resources to build and manage budgets and develop alternative revenue streams. 

The Premiere Award in Parks & Recreation – the National Gold Medal Award 2023 Applications Now Open

Apply for a National Gold Medal Award

The National Gold Medal Award Program, governed and managed by the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration (AAPRA), is the premiere award in parks and recreation. AAPRA announces applications are now accepted for the 2023 National Gold Medal Award Program, sponsored by Musco Lighting and in partnership with the National Recreation & Park Association.  In 2023 three award categories are offered: public agency (five classes based on population size); state park systems; and armed forces recreation (worldwide). The 2023 online applications are available at


Grand Plaque Recipients Announced in the 2022 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

Public, and Armed Forces Agencies receive premiere award in the park and recreation industry

Lacey, Washington, September 27, 2022– The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the 2022 Grand Plaque recipients in the 2022 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC is proud to continue sponsoring the Gold Medal Awards program as it has for more than 20 years. 

Pennsylvania Local Leader Receives the Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal

Prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions in parks and conservation

A prominent Pennsylvania park and conversation leader, William Mitchell, received the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal for Parks and Conservation, September 21, 2022, at the annual award hosted by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in Phoenix, Arizona. The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medals are the most prestigious awards that recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks and conservation in the United States. The inaugural Pugsley Medals were awarded in 1928.