Alaska Recreation &Park Association

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.

  1. Must be an ARPA member.
  2. Minimum of 10 years of experience in the field of park and recreation.
  3. Demonstrated leadership role: (Must complete five of the nine categories listed below.)
    • An elected officer in ARPA (Name office held and year)
    • 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.

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

   D. Tyrell McGirt

   Mike Illg

   Rachel Parra

   Mike Bork

   Tom Martin

City of Unalaska Parks, Culture & Recreation

City of Homer Parks & Recreation

North Peninsula Recreation Service Area

Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation

Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation

New Professional Award
(perviously Young 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.

  1. Must be a member of ARPA.
  2. Minimum 5 years of experience as a leader, instructor, supervisor, administrator, consultant, or a combination of these services in the field of parks/recreation.
  3. Contributed to the profession through allied fields of arts, crafts, sports, health and safety education, design, park maintenance, horticulture, education and consulting services.
  4. High rhttp://www.alaskarpa.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=formecommendations and respect from staff within the agency the individual now works.


2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

   Albert Burnham

   Luke Kline

   Mike Kinney

   Dave Jones

   Maggie Wilkins

City of Unalaska Parks, Culture & Recreation

Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation

City of Seward Parks & Recreation

Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation

City of Seward Parks & Recreation

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)

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

   Brandon Harker

   Melanie Hauze

   Jeff Dick

   Jason Avery

   D. Tyrell McGirt

Challenge Alaska

City of Seward Parks & Recreation

Challenge Alaska

Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation

City of Unalaska Parks, Culture & Recreation

Lifetime Achievement Award
Created in 2007, the Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented only three times in ARPA’s young, 35-year history. The first recipient was Nancy Peterson who, having left the field of parks and recreation earlier in her career, maintained professional and personal relationships within ARPA and NRPA. She continued to serve in one of the most time-consuming ARPA Board functions: Treasurer. While serving the Board as Treasurer, Nancy continued to mentor and train in-coming Board members. The second award was presented to ARPA Founder, Bob Robertson, who is known as the Father of ARPA. Bob served as ARPA president and chaired, co-chaired and mentored subsequent ARPA Committee Chairs. The above two examples are the types of contributions a Lifetime Achievement Award winner will have made.

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.

  1. The recipient shall have been a life-time member by either category or practical assessment. Shall have been an active ARPA member for more than two decades.
  2. Shall have served as ARPA President
  3. Shall have served in multiple positions on the Board
  4. Meets the minimum criteria of the ARPA Professional Award (or has received this award.)

An ARPA logo goldpan will be presented to the recipient.

2015

2012

2009

2007

   Shareen Adelmann

   Jeff Hawley

   Bob Robertson

   Nancy Peterson

City of Seward Parks & Recreation

City of Unalaska Parks, Culture & Recreation

"Father of ARPA"

City of Valdez / City of Unalaska

Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award
This achievement award is given to a deserving individual and / or groups whose voluntary contribution of time and effort over the years has improved the quality and quantity of leisure opportunities through park, recreation, and conservation projects on the local, state, regional, or national levels. Membership with ARPA is not required, but the candidate shall have contributed through:

  1. Voluntary contributions to parks, recreation and conservation movement over a period of two or more years.
  2. Active work for significant legislation at local, state, and nation levels.
  3. Service to park and recreation and conservation movement through public service or membership in other organizations or other endeavors outside parks, recreation and conservation field.
  4. Possible literary contribution to parks, recreation and conservation field.
  5. Development of equipment apparatus or design and layout of facilities.
  6. Generous grants of land, money, equipment, scholarships or other gifts that affect the field.
  7. Any other contribution made in the interest of the parks and recreation profession.


2015

2014

2012

2010

2009

   Sally Dwyer

   Kristi West

   James "Jim" King

   Chugach National Forest Glacier District Backcountry Rangers

   Janet Athenas

Petersburg

City & Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation

Juneau

Girdwood

Bethel Parks & Recreation

Outstanding Organization Award
This award recognizes the agencies, departments, and organizations that make great contributions to their community and to the improvement of recreation in Alaska. Clubs, federal and state agencies, municipal departments, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible.

  1. The contributions or improvement of recreation must have taken place during the calendar year of the award or prior. (Ex: in 2012, nominators will be selecting organizations which were active before January 1, 2012, to align with the other awards achievements made in 2011.
  2. A written description shall include the organization’s contributions and recreation improvements within their community or Alaska.
  3. Support materials will be considered:
    1. Press coverage documenting accomplishment, events, programs, or other;
    2. Formal acknowledgement from local municipalities , Boroughs, state or Federal recognition, proclamations or other

The Awards committee will select the organization that most reflect outstanding contributions to their community or the state of Alaska.

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

  Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

   HoWL Homer Wilderness Leaders

 

   A
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   Homer Hockey Association


   Homer Community Recreation & Parks Program

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.

  1. Nominator must submit before and after photos
  2. The renovations or improvements must have taken place during the calendar year of the award. (Ex: in 2012, nominators will be selecting facilities which were improved before January 1, 2012, to align with the other awards achievements made in 2011.
  3. A written description shall include: the facility’s main uses before and after; the funding of the improvements; how ADA was a factor; all partners;
  4. Support materials will be considered:
    1. Press coverage documenting previous conditions, changes requested, grand openings, or other;
    2. Statistical data demonstrating improved attendance, lower utility costs or similar;
    3. Formal acknowledgement from local municipalities , Boroughs, state or Federal recognition, proclamations or other

The Awards committee will select the facility or facilities that most reflect positive changes.

2015

2014

2014

2013

2012

2011

   Outlook Park

   Soldotna Creek Park

   Tanana Lakes Recreation Area

   Government Peak Recreation Chalet

   1st Lake Historical Park

   Karen Hornaday Park

Petersburg Parks & Recreation

Soldotna Parks & Recreation

Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation

Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Mark Stauble, City of Seward Parks & Recreation Operations Supervisor

Homer Parks & Recreation

ARPA Appreciation Award
Created in 2010, the rare ARPA Appreciation Award is nominated by an ARPA Board Member who has noted special skills and contributions. As an example, if a Conference Host Operations Chairperson manages a successful conference, a person who completes this task four times and each time raises the standard of excellence, he or she may be awarded the ARPA Appreciation Award.

  1. The recipient shall have been a life-time member either by category or practical assessment
  2. Shall have been an active ARPA member for more than one decade
  3.  Shall have served in multiple positions on the Board or within a Section
  4. High recommendations and respect from staff within the agency the individual works

An ARPA Logo gold pan will be presented to the recipient.

2012

2010

   Helen Clough

   Shareen Adelmann

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Juneau

City of Seward Parks & Recreation

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.

2015

2014

   SiteLines

   Northwest Playgrounds

Gary Max

Bob McGarvey

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

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.

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Click here to download the Annual Awards Descriptions and Recipients Document
Click here to download the Nomination Form

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