Overview of the CPRS Awards Program

CPRS Awards of Excellence Program

Celebrating the Best of the Best!

Award Entry Deadline November 14, 2014

The California Park & Recreation Society's Awards of Excellence Program recognizes the outstanding achievements of agencies and individuals in the areas of community improvements and programming, facility design and park planning; marketing and communications; and professional and citizen leadership.

The annual Awards of Excellence Program is open to CPRS members and non member individuals, agencies, organizations, companies, and universities.

The Awards of Excellence recipients in each category, division, and class will receive:

  • Statewide recognition at the 2015 CPRS Conference in Sacramento, CA, March 11-13, 2015
  • General session awards video, Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Best of the Best Social & Networking, Wednesday 11, 2015
  • Presentation, plaque and publicity photograph at the 2015 CPRS Annual Awards Banquet, Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Statewide recognition in the 2015 Spring issue of Parks & Recreation and on the CPRS website, www.cprs.org
  • Electronic 2014 Award of Excellence logo for agency promotional purposes
  • 2014 award winner ribbon to wear
  • CPRS representative available to re-present the Award of Excellence at a local event (if requested)
  • Sample press release for award recipient to distribute to local or regional media


Entries will be assessed on how well they demonstrate the following:

Challenge Describe the significant issue, problem or concern the entry addressed.

Resourcefulness The extent to which the entry demonstrated the use of creative or innovative approaches and the role community partners or stakeholders played in addressing the challenge.

Execution The extent to which the entry utilized various strategies, tools, resources and outreach efforts to address the challenge, including the use of non-traditional fiscal or community resources (grants, sponsorships, volunteers, etc. and the communication efforts used to inform the community, policy makers or partners.
Accomplishments The extent to which the entry created a substantial community benefit, improved operational efficiencies, created new or increased value in the community or significantly enhanced the provision of park and recreation services through measureable results.
Mission The extent to which the entry supports the mission of the profession and / or promotes the Parks Make Life Better!® statewide branding campaign.

Award Entry Deadline

11:59 pm, November 14, 2014

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CPRS Awards Program Sponsors

CPRS extends its appreciation to the following companies for their outstanding support of our annual awards program: