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Parks and Rec Named Gold Medal Awards Finalist

​​​Coppell Parks and Recreation Announced as Finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation​

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 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC has been a proud sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program for over 10 years.​

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. 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 seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems awarded on odd numbered years.

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 and elected officials. Coppell Parks and Recreation joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for grand honors this year. Other municipalities and park districts competing in the same category are the City of Westerville (Westerville, OH), Glenview Park District (Glenview, IL), and Lombard Park District (Lombard, IL).

"The Parks and Recreation Department is thrilled to be chosen as a finalist in the selection process for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management," said Brad Reid, Director of Coppell Parks and Recreation. "We must 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 reviews and judges 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 seven Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during the NRPA General Session at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 24–26, 2019.

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit or

Coppell Parks and Recreation manages and maintains 544 acres of park land, nature preserves, cemetery, and all city grounds. Facilities include the CORE, Wagon Wheel Tennis Center, the Coppell Senior and Community Center at Grapevine Springs, the Biodiversity Education Center, Rolling Oaks Memorial Center, and Coppell Arts Center.

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA's flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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