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Coppell Parks & Recreation Named 2020 NRPA Gold Medal Finalist

​The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce Coppell Parks and Recreation as a finalist for the 2020 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.  


Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into six classes, with five classes based on population and one class for armed forces.  


Coppell Parks and Recreation is a finalist in the Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000) category. This honor is a result of Coppell's intentional work to provide exceptional services and create unique experiences in City parks and facilities. A CAPRA-accredited agency, the department promotes quality recreational and educational opportunities that enhance the overall health of individuals and the community through responsible stewardship of natural and allocated resources.  


Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff members and elected officials. Coppell Parks and Recreation joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year. 


"The Parks and Recreation Department is thrilled to be chosen again as a finalist in the selection process for the 2020 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management," said Brad Reid, Director of Coppell Parks and Recreation. "We recognize the leadership of the community, our abundant volunteer base and the generous and supportive Coppell citizens, who are truly responsible for our having the capabilities to qualify for this honor. We thank the AAPRA and the NRPA for naming Coppell Parks and Recreation as a finalist for this award."  


A panel of five park and recreation professionals will review and judge all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.   


This year's finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced during the 2020 NRPA Conference, which will be held virtually in October. The presentation of both the Finalist and Grand Plaque recipients is being finalized and details will be forthcoming on the virtual conference website


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