Creating Community Award of Excellence

This award recognizes outstanding initiatives by agencies, departments, or districts in their effort to deliver the highest level of recreation and leisure programs and services that embody and embrace the values and mission of the profession and move the agency towards a stronger position or role within the community.

Your entry must have been conducted for a minimum of three years. Previous entries may not be re-submitted if it received an award. Previous entries may be re-submitted if they did not receive an award. The same entry may not be submitted in multiple categories.

This category has an entry fee: CPRS member $65 per entry; non member $165 per entry.

Categories

Use these Tips and Award Winning Strategies to ensure your nomination is award worthy!

Aging Well: Programs, initiatives or innovative practices that promote healthy and active aging within the community

Arts and Cultural Services: Programs, initiatives or special events that celebrate community character and reinforce the value of visual, performing or historic resources

Community Health and Wellness: Programs, initiatives, special events or innovative planning efforts that promote healthy lifestyles and community wellness

Economic Vitality: Programs, initiatives, special events or innovative planning efforts that positively enhance a community's economic position

Environmental Stewardship: Programs, initiatives, events or innovative practices that may involve volunteers, organizations, or stakeholders to enhance the physical environment, promote the conservation of natural resources or connect children with nature, i.e. beautification projects, environmental education, community clean ups, etc.

Organizational Survival: Initiatives, strategies, or programs that demonstrate “survival” or innovative approaches to the delivery of park and recreation services in challenging fiscal and political environments, i.e. strategic planning, re-positioning, agency restructuring  or merger, budgeting, human resources, etc.

Neighborhood/Community Building: Programs, initiatives or special events in partnership with one or more organizations that seek to strengthen the role of children and families as the cornerstone of a strong community

Park and Facility Maintenance Management: Programs, initiatives, practices or events performed by agency personnel that preserve or enhance the quality of a park, open space, trail, recreation facility, or streetscape landscape.

Serving the Underserved: Programs, initiatives or services specifically designed to better engage underserved populations, i.e. ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, LGBT, homeless/economically disadvantaged, etc.

Youth Development: Programs or services that help youth (up to age 18) acquire the attitudes, competencies, values and social skills they need to become successful adults

Evaluation Criteria

Challenge: Describe the significant issue, problem or concern that the entry addressed and the desired outcomes you were looking to achieve. [250 word maximum] (20 pts)

Resourcefulness: Extent the entry demonstrated the use of creative or innovative approaches and the role community partners or stakeholders played in addressing the challenge. [400 word maximum] (25 pts)

Execution: Extent 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 or seek feedback from the community, policy makers or partners. [400 word maximum] (20 pts)

Accomplishment: 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. [400 word maximum] (25 pts)

Mission: Extent to which the entry supported the mission of the profession and / or the Parks Make Life Better! campaign. [250 word maximum] (10 pts)

Required Additional Submittals

  1. 5 to 8 photos [1 MB]; each photo labeled with entry and agency name
  2. Maximum 3 examples of background material that support one or more of the criteria (PDF) e.g. partnership agreement, press releases, needs assessments.
  3. Letter from agency administrator acknowledging entry is being submitted (only if entry is submitted by non-agency personnel) (PDF)

Awards Co-Chairs

Amy Shipley, City of Escondido
ashipley@ci.escondido.ca.us
760.839.6269
Categories to contact Amy about:  Art & Cultural Services, Community Health & Welfare, Neighborhood / Community Building, Youth Development

Pamela Passow, City of San Clamente
passowp@san-clemente.org
949.429.8875
Categories to contact Pamela about:  Aging Well, Environmental Stewardship, Organizational Survival, Park & Facility Maintenance Management, Serving the Underserved

 


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