Alaska Recreation &Park Association

This page contains the list of award recipients for the most recent 5 years. To see the full list of recipients as well as detailed descriptions of award criteria click here

Professional Award

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.

 2015 D. Tyrell McGirt City of Unalaska Parks, Culture & Recreation 
 2014 Mike Illg City of Homer Parks & Recreation
 2013 Rachel Parra North Peninsula Recreation Service Area
 2012 Mike Bork Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation
 2011 Tom Martin  Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation


New Professional Award
(perviously Young Professional Award)

 2015  Albert Burnham  City of Unalaska Parks, Culture & Recreation
 2014  Luke Kline  Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation
 2013  Mike Kinney  City of Seward Parks & Recreation
 2012  Dave Jones  Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation
 2011  Maggie Wilkins   
City of Seward Parks & Recreation

Bob Robertson Service Award

 2015 Brandon Harker Challenge Alaska 
 2014 Melanie Hauze City of Seward Parks & Recreation
 2013 Jeff Dick Challenge Alaska
 2012 Jason Avery Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation
 2011 D. Tyrell McGirt City of Unalaska Park, Culture & Recreation

Lifetime Achievement Award

 2015 Shareen Adelmann City of Seward Parks & Recreation
 2012 Jeff Hawley City of Unalaska Parks, Culture & Recreation
 2009 Bob Robertson "Father of ARPA"
 2007 Nancy Peterson City of Valdez / City of Unalaska

Distinguished Service Award

 2015 Sally Dwyer Petersburg
 2014 Kristi West City & Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation
 2012 James "Jim" King Juneau
 2010 Chugach National Forest Glacier District Backcountry Rangers Girdwood
 2009 Janet Athenas Bethel Parks & Recreation

Outstanding Organization Award

 2015 Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
 2014 HoWL Homer Wilderness Leaders
 2013 Arctic Winter Games Host Society Fairbanks
 2012 Homer Hockey Association
 2011 Homer Community Recreation & Parks Program

Facility Excellence Award

 2015 Outlook Park Petersburg Parks & Recreation
 2014 Soldotna Creek Park Soldotna Parks & Recreation
 2014 Tanana Lakes Recreation Area Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation
 2013 Government Peak Recreation Chalet Matanuska-Susitna Borough
 2012 1st Lake Historical Park Mark Stauble, City of Seward Parks & Recreation Operations Supervisor

ARPA Appreciation Award

 2012 Helen Clough US Fish & Wildlife Service, Juneau
 2010 Shareen Adelmann City of Seward Parks & Recreation

ARPA Outstanding Business Partner Award

 2015 SiteLines Gary Max
 2014 Northwest Playgrounds Bob McGarvey

Nominate someone (or agency/organization) for an award.

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 2016 Awards are due on August 1, 2017 and will be presented at the Valdez Annual Conference in October.  Remember these awards recognize accomplishments done/completed in 2016.

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.


Click here to download the Annual Awards Descriptions and Recipients Document 

Click here to download the Nomination Form


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