Award Categories


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 $70 per entry; non member $170 per entry.


Excellence in Design - Facility Design

This award recognizes excellence in design of completed aquatic, recreation and/or cultural facilities intended for public use. The project may be either new construction or a rehabilitation project that demonstrates high standards of planning, design, community involvement, operation and maintenance, quality of aesthetics, usability, accessibility and versatility. This award further recognizes design and construction or significant rehabilitation of buildings, structures and facilities used primarily to support park and recreation purposes.

This category has an entry fee: CPRS member $70 per entry; non member $170 per entry.


Excellence in Design - Park Planning

This award recognizes excellence in design of completed park facilities intended for public use. The project may be either new construction or a rehabilitation project that demonstrates high standards of planning, design, community involvement, operation and maintenance, quality of aesthetics, usability, accessibility and versatility. This award further recognizes planning and development or significant rehabilitation of outdoor park and recreation spaces where the majority of the site does not contain buildings, structures or facilities and that result in higher levels of community use.

This category has an entry fee: CPRS member $70 per entry; non member $170 per entry.


Marketing and Communications Award of Excellence

This award recognizes excellence in print, audio visual or electronic communications that (1) externally promote the agency’s public parks, facilities, recreation or leisure services programs and have successfully demonstrated an increased level of public awareness or (2) are used to enhance the agency’s internal communications to staff, policy makers, or current program participants.

This category has an entry fee: CPRS member $70 per entry; non member $170 per entry.

Professional Award of Excellence - Fellowship / Hall of Fame

The Fellowship / Hall of Fame is CPRS' highest award to honor and recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to and influenced CPRS and the parks and recreation profession throughout their career.  This award is not necessarily awarded each year. The Hall of Fame is proudly displayed at CPRS Headquarters, in Sacramento.

This category does not have an entry fee.  Both the nominator and nominee must be a current CPRS member. 

The nominator will be responsible for payment and arrangements for nominee's attendance at the CPRS Awards Banquet, should they be chosen to receive this award.

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Professional Award of Excellence - Rising Professional

This award honors and recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to CPRS through service on State, Region, Section or District Boards or committees, or through service to CPRS at events, programs or conferences for 5 years or less of service.  This statewide award is designed to recognize the contributions of those who work on behalf of CPRS to advance the profession and who strengthen and support CPRS as a professional organization.

This category has an entry fee: CPRS members $70.  Nominee must be a current CPRS member.

The nominator will be responsible for payment and arrangements for nominee's attendance at the CPRS Awards Banquet, should they be chosen to receive this award.

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Professional Award of Excellence - Honorary Member

An Honorary Member Award is bestowed upon a retired park and recreation professional for outstanding contributions to the parks, recreation and/or human services profession through service to CPRS.

This category does not have an entry fee.  Nominator and nominee must be a CPRS member.  

The nominator will be responsible for payment and arrangements for nominee's attendance at the CPRS Awards Banquet, should they be chosen to receive this award.

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Service Award of Excellence - Champion of the Community

The Champion of the Community award honors and recognizes individuals or organizations who have contributed significant effort to influence and improve the quality of their community through parks and recreation.  This statewide award recognizes the contributions of those who volunteer and provide support and services in their community that furthers the mission and quality delivery of park and recreation services, programs and facilities in their community. 

This award is not awarded to employees or retirees in the parks and recreation profession.  

This category has an entry fee of $70.  Nominator must be a current CPRS member.  

A special note to Nominators:

We encourage you to additionally recognize your Champion of the Community Award recipient in your community through recognition at public meetings or gatherings, CPRS District and Section events, news media, and other opportunities.

As the award nominator, you will be responsible for payment and arrangements for any recognition, such as ticket(s) to attend the CPRS Awards Banquet.  CPRS will provide one plaque or award per award entry.  Additional awards may be purchased from CPRS. Please contact the Professional and Service Awards Chair for more information.

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Professional Award of Excellence - Citation of Merit

The Citation of Merit honors and recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to CPRS through service on the State, Section or District Boards, committees, or through service to CPRS at events, programs or conferences for 6 years or more. This statewide award is designed to recognize the contributions of those who work on behalf of CPRS to advance the profession and who strengthen and support CPRS as a professional organization.

This category has an entry fee of $70.  Nominee must be a current CPRS member.

The nominator will be responsible for payment and arrangements for nominee's attendance at the CPRS Awards Banquet, should they be chosen to receive this award.

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Professional Award of Excellence - Outstanding Research

The Outstanding Research Award honors and recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to CPRS and the profession by engaging in all aspects of applied research.  The nominee must demonstrate a record of dissemination of research over a period of at least 5 years that reaches professionals in the field via publications, technical reports, and/or presentations at the district, state (CPRS), or national (NRPA Conference) levels.

This statewide award is designed to recognize the research contributions of those who advance the profession and who strengthen and support CPRS as a professional organization.   

This category has an entry fee of $70.  Nominator must be a current CPRS member. 

The nominator will be responsible for payment and arrangements for nominee's attendance at the CPRS Awards Banquet, should they be chosen to receive this award.

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