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Many attendees were elated to step
inside a physical exhibit hall this year, as
exhibiting companies welcomed park and
recreation professionals to their booths.
On Wednesday, September 22,
Neelay Bhatt, vice president and
principal of PROS Consulting Inc.,
emceed the Best of the Best ceremony,
recognizing
excellence in
the park and recreation field. Bhatt
was joined by presenters Jen Basham,
director of City of Burleson
(Texas) Parks and Recreation and
chair of the NRPA Awards and
Scholarship Committee, and Cory
Styron, director of communication
service at Los Alamos County,
New Mexico, and chair of the
Commission for Accreditation of
Park and Recreation Agencies.
These awards honor individuals
and agencies for the innovative and
essential
services and programs
they've provided over the past year.
Spotlight Awards
* Robert M. Artz Advocate
Award - Bruce Rinker, Cleveland
Metroparks board of park
commissioners, Cleveland Metroparks,
Cleveland, Ohio
* Robert W. Crawford Young
Professional Award - Chris
Bass, assistant director, City
of Douglasville, Douglasville,
Georgia
* RWJF-NRPA Award for
Health Equity - Emilie
Harmeyer, ShreveCorps program
director, Shreveport
Green, Shreveport, Louisiana
* National Distinguished Professional
Award - Randy Bina,
executive director, Bismarck
Parks and Recreation District,
Bismarck, North Dakota
* Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt
Award for Excellence
in Recreation and Park Research
- Alan Ewert, professor
emeritus, Indiana University
Innovation Awards
* Innovation in Conservation
Award - Ocala Wetland
Recharge Park, City of Ocala,
Ocala, Florida
* Innovation in Health Award
- Healthy U: A Series of Conversations,
Port St. Lucie Parks and
Recreation, Port St. Lucie, Florida
* Innovation in Park Design
Award - Westwood Hills Nature
Center Interpretive Center Building
Project, City of St. Louis
Park Operations and Recreation,
Westwood Hills Nature Center,
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
* Innovation in Social Equity
Award - Re-Connecting Cleveland:
Pathways to Opportunity
TIGER Grant Project, Cleveland
Metroparks, Cleveland, Ohio
* 2021 Best in Innovation Award
- Ocala Wetland Recharge Park,
City of Ocala, Ocala, Florida
The Exhibit Hall and
Other In-Person Events
Many attendees were elated to
step inside a physical exhibit hall
this year, as exhibiting companies
and their teams happily welcomed
park and recreation professionals
to their booths to demonstrate
their latest wares and host business
meetings.
Of course, after a long day at the
conference, many attendees looked
forward to NRPA's hosted evening
events throughout Nashville that
gave them a chance to reconnect
with longtime friends in the field
and network with new colleagues.
Virtual attendees also were treated
to a virtual 5K as well as live
puppy parties thanks to a puppy
cam sponsored by DOGIPOTĀ®
Put simply, this first-ever hybrid
.
event offered something for everyone.
We look forward to seeing you
in Phoenix, Arizona, for the 2022
NRPA Annual Conference!
Vitisia Paynich is Executive Editor and Director, Print and
Online Content at NRPA (vpaynich@nrpa.org). Lindsay
Hogeboom is Associate Editor and Writer of Parks &
Recreation magazine (lhogeboom@nrpa.org).
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