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The Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society’s Recognition and Awards Program acknowledges outstanding achievements of agencies, boards, commissions, and individuals toward the advancement of community recreation and park services. 

Based on feedback from our membership, the awards program is revised for 2017. The award categories and application process have been streamlined to be simpler and more effective in positioning recreation and parks as an essential community service.

The PRPS Board of Directors and the PRPS Recognition & Awards Committee thank you for your interest in the Awards Program as we endeavor to recognize and applaud the talent, determination, commitment, creativity and quality of Pennsylvania professionals, elected officials, legislators, volunteers, programs, facilities, publications, and promotions.

The annual Awards Program is open to PRPS members and non-member individuals, agencies, companies, organizations, and universities.


  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Honor of Fred Coombs
  • PRPS Distinguished Member Award in Honor of Robert D. Griffith
  • Outstanding New Professional Award
  • Agency of the Year Award
  • Community Champion Award
  • Excellence in Recreation and Parks

2018 Awards Program Entry Information

The 2018 awards applications will be available in November.

The nomination forms and criteria are available through the documents below.

Large files and photos can be emailed directly to


Contact Barry Bessler, CPRP, Recognition and Awards Committee Chairperson, at (215) 683-0203 or


Additional Awards Chosen Outside of the Recognition and Awards Committee


Past Award Recipients