2020 Excellence in Design - Park Planning

Excellence in Design - Park Planning
2020 Award Recipients

City of Carson

Dolphin Park

Dolphin Park All Abilities Playground
Community Park, Class 1

Gates + Associates

Imagine All Abilities Playground

Imagine All-Abilities Playground at Dublin Sports Grounds
Community Park, Class 2

City of Santee

Mast Park

Mast Park
Community Park, Class 3

City of Folsom

Broder Family Homestead

Broder Family Homestead Park
Neighborhood Park, Class 1

Schmidt Design Group

Civita Park

Civita Park Phase II
Neighborhood Park, Class 2

East Bay Regional Park District

EBRPD Shoreline Projects

Three Shoreline Projects in Bay Point, Albany, and Oakland
Regional Park, Class 3

City of Anaheim

Manzanita Skatepark

Manzanita Skatepark
Specialty Park, Class 1

Verde Design

Milpitas Skatepark

Milpitas Skatepark
Specialty Park, Class 2

About the Excellence in Design - Park Planning Award

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.

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.

One Excellence Award may be awarded in each category and each class. 

2020 Evaluation Criteria for the Park Planning Award

Challenge: Describe the organizational challenge or compelling community need the entry addressed. [250 word maximum] (20 pts)

Resourcefulness: Describe how the entry demonstrates the use of unique architectural elements or responds to challenging environmental, cultural or site constraints or integrated "green" construction materials, systems, management or maintenance practices. [400 word maximum] (25 pts)

Execution: Describe the various strategies, tools, resources and outreach efforts the entry used to address the challenge, including the use of non-traditional fiscal or community resources i.e., grants, sponsorships, foundations, volunteers and the communication efforts used to inform, engage and receive feedback from the community, policy makers or stakeholders. [400 word maximum] (20 pts)

Accomplishment: Describe the substantial community benefit, improved operational efficiencies, new or increased value in the community, or enhancement(s) to the provision of park and recreation services the entry achieved. Include measurable results. [400 word maximum] (25 pts)

Mission: Describe how the entry supports the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign messages of creating spaces and places for access to nature, outdoor space for play and exercise, self-directed and directed recreation, facilitating social connections, lifelong learning, or the arts. [250 word maximum] (10 pts)

Park Planning Award Categories



Neighborhood: parks, playgrounds or open space less than 10 acres in size which typically serve an immediate neighborhood

Community: parks, open spaces or sports complexes less than 50 acres in size which typically serve community wide needs

Regional: parks, open spaces or sports complexes greater than 50 acres in size which typically serve several communities

Specialty: unique, single use parks, open spaces or trails that do not fit in any of the above divisions, i.e. skate parks, dog parks, arboretum, etc.

Class ¹
Based on Project Cost ²

  • Class 1 $0 - $2 million
  • Class 2 $2 million - $10 million
  • Class 3 $10 million and above


¹ Construction or rehabilitation of a segment within a park should be first categorized by park type, i.e. neighborhood, community, or regional and then by project cost.

² Include total construction costs and site improvements, fixtures/furnishings and equipment. Do not include personnel related project costs, master planning fees, acquisition of property, construction management fees, special testing or other non-construction costs

CAP Innovate

The CPRS Awards Program highlights those people, places and programs who embody our INNOVATE strategy from the California Action Plan (CAP).