Park & Recreation Professionals Day

Save the date, it's time to CELEBRATE!

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Park and Recreation Professionals Day, #ParkandRecDay, is held the third Friday in July (July 19, 2024) and celebrated during National Park & Recreation Month. It's a national celebration honoring essential industry professionals across the country, who make our communities better places to live, work and play. The toolkit can help you promote your celebration and create a tribute to those who deliver quality recreational and educational programming and keep our parks clean, safe and ready to use. Please click on the links below to download the documents from the toolkit.  

While we encourage all recreation and park agencies to honor their working professionals on or about this day, (and PRPS and the Good Campaign will promote all their events), the Day’s celebrations will highlight three particular events about the state:

Butler County Parks & Recreation (District 1)

Northampton Township Parks & Recreation (District 3)

Susquehanna Township Ribbon Cutting


Download the full toolkit here!

The outreach toolkit will help you celebrate and promote Park & Recreation Professionals Day, it includes:

GOOD IDEAS for meaningful recognition


SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS - Remember to tag PRPS and Good for PA in your posts!


SAMPLE PROCLAMATION: Seek and promote a Proclamation from your local governing body. Invite your elected officials to participate in your Celebration Event and publicly acknowledge your value to the community.

GOOD Air Episode #4: How to Champion Your Local Park - Listen Here

PRP Day Webinar: handouts

Good For You Recreation Agency: Download Infographic

LOGO: Use the logo on social media, website, and emails, from now until Park & Recreation Professionals Day and encourage your followers to do the same!  Remember to use the hashtag #ParkandRecDay

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2024 Good Job! Winner Dave Burger, Parks Maintenance Foreman & Assistant Director of Public Works, Doylestown Borough

GOOD Job! Award - CLOSED!

2024 Winner: Dave Burger, Parks Maintenance Foreman & Assistant Director of Public Works, Doylestown Borough

See press release here.

Inspired by the belief that local parks and recreation improves the lives of all Pennsylvanians, the Good For You campaign raises awareness and use of our essential local assets. Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Professionals Day is celebrated each third Friday in July during National Park and Recreation Month. It honors those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide the high-quality programs and facilities we desire and expect in our parks and public spaces.

The GOOD Job! Award is presented annually on Park and Recreation Professionals Day to an individual whose contributions, through leadership, community outreach, facility management, maintenance, or program and event planning, have directly influenced the health and vitality of their community.

Eligible Recipients: Any full-time, part-time, or volunteer parks and recreation practitioner who has shown outstanding dedication to the field and has directly impacted the local community. Nominee criteria include: Demonstrated community leadership qualities. Involvement in innovative parks and recreation initiatives. Contributions to improvements in the recreation and park system. Outstanding, long-term impacts to the local community.

Nomination Process: Nominations are submitted via this online form based on the above criteria, and you're welcome to send along a short video (less than 5 minutes) or slides highlighting the nominee’s efforts and achievements. Candidates may be self-nominated. 

The GOOD Job! Award is presented annually on behalf of the Good For You campaign by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society.

Past Good Job! Award Winners

2024 - Dave Burger, Parks Maintenance Foreman & Assistant Director of Public Works, Doylestown Borough

2023 - Stephanie Robinson, Environmental Education Program Specialist, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (Read the article by the Northeast Times).

2022 - Mitchell Kulp, Parks Superintendent, Lower Gwynedd Township

2021 - Emily Croke, Director of Parks & Recreation, Springfield Township

2019 - Tom Richino, Richland Township Parks & Recreation

2018 - Centre Region Parks & Recreation

2017 - East Goshen Township

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