This page contains the complete list of award recipients from 1975 - present as well as detailed criteria used in the award selection process. To see only the recipients for the past 5 years please click here.
The recognition and celebration of excellence within the field of Parks and Recreation is the sole purpose of the ARPA Awards committee. This group of volunteers undertake the difficult task of reading through the numerous qualified candidates each year in order to bestow most deserving professionals the honor of one of the following awards.
We invite you to take a moment and nominate a deserving co-worker, employee, volunteer or supervisor Below are links to download Annual Awards Descriptions and Recipients and a Nomination Form. So many of our co-workers are deserving....here’s your chance to give them the recognition they deserve.
Nominations for 2017 Awards are due on August 1, 2018 and will be presented at the Fairbanks Annual Conference in October. Remember these awards recognize accomplishments done/completed in 2017.
We are also looking for volunteers who would like to serve on the Awards Selection Committee. We would like to have one person from each section and from different communities around the state on the committee. If this is something you would be willing to do, please email Shari.
This is the highest recognition that ARPA can bestow upon a deserving candidate. The person will be carefully chosen. In considering a candidate for the Professional Award, he/she must meet the qualifications as set forth in the criteria for this high award.
An elected office holder in NRPA or affiliated society (Name office held and year)
- Chairman of a committee in ARPA. (Name committee and year)
- Chairman of a committee in NRPA. (Name committee and year)
- Representative of the Regional Council of NRPA or affiliated Society. (Name region and year)
- Committee work with local, state, national organization which is affiliated with or promoting same objective as ARPA. (Name committee and organization.)
- Five or more speeches on recreation and parks before groups or conventions, assembles, luncheons, radio or television presentations, and such other meetings held in interest or promotion of recreation and parks. ( State when and where.)
- Systematic research which has helped advance the profession. (List research and how it appeared.)
- Books published or articles written on recreation or parks for handbooks, newspapers, magazines, etc. (List books, articles, and publications name, publication dates.)
An ARPA Logo goldpan will be presented to the recipient.
New Professional Award
These professionals are not necessarily the superintendents or leaders that have been visible in the field, but are the “up and coming” leaders. They should possess all of those qualities and talents that will eventually place them in the top leadership, but at this time in their careers, they are climbing.
Bob Robertson Service Award
This award is for service to the Alaska Recreation and Park Association by members of the association. These are the people that volunteer to be on committees, to work with their sections, to help with conferences and workshops and generally are the backbone of the Association. This award was approved by the Board in 1995. It is a Board Award in that the nominees are selected only by the ARPA Board.
(This award requires an application be completed by the nominee)
Lifetime Achievement Award
A recipient who receives this award shall have made note-worthy and measureable positive contributions to ARPA. Past recipients have made contributions such as procedures manuals, template formatting, led a specific campaign or training or other such tangible results. LAA winners have created, chaired and then bequeathed ARPA standing or special committees. While many ARPA members are willing and able to contribute monumental services, a recipient of this LAA has volunteered to serve in the most demanding of offices and ARPA work.
An ARPA logo goldpan will be presented to the recipient.
Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished Service Award
Outstanding Organization Award
The Awards committee will select the organization that most reflect outstanding contributions to their community or the state of Alaska.
Facility Excellence Award
This award recognizes significant new projects, major renovations, or long-term performance as a flagship of recreation. Any facility from any area of recreation, from trails to aquatic centers, is eligible. Created in 2010 for the 2009 year.
The Awards committee will select the facility or facilities that most reflect positive changes.
ARPA Appreciation Award
ARPA Outstanding Business Partner Award
The purpose of this award is to annually recognize one (1) outstanding business partner that has supported ARPA and its mission. This support can be shown in any manner.
Created in 2015, the ARPA Business Partner Award nominations are made by any ARPA Board member, and the board must approve with a majority in favor. A recommendation will then be made to the Awards Committee Chair for concurrence.
An ARPA Logo wooden bowl award will be presented to the recipient.