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.
Both the nominator and nominee must be a current CPRS member.

Congratulations to our
2017 Fellowship / Hall of Fame Winner!

Rick Gould, City of Santa Claritagould fellow award.jpg

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Evaluation Criteria

The nominee must have a proven record and a high level of competency in at least four (4) of these areas:

  • Record of outstanding professional service and a history of engagement to the delivery of park and recreation services or programs throughout their career
  • Service to CPRS through state, district or section activities and / or other professional and community organizations
  • Positive and meaningful impact or change to the community / communities and those who are served
  • Response to a significant challenge in their community and their innovative, responsive and proactive approach in developing solutions to the challenge
  • Leadership achievement(s):  communicating a vision to others inside or outside his/her organization; setting direction; executive decision-making aligned with organization's values, vision, and mission; and being viewed as a change agent within the community, region, or area
  • Achievement in developing and implementing strategic change initiatives to produce desired change in capacity building, strenthening community leadership, or enhancing the planning process
  • Experience in developing cooperative ventures, partnerships, alliances, collaborations or coalitions based on common goals that maximize resources for the long-term goals of the organization
  • Demonstration of innovations and forward-thinking solutions that align their organization or CPRS for a successful future
  • Demonstration of promoting the success of the profession through developing and mentoring young professionals, succession planning or training