Castle Rock Parks and Recreation brings home gold in national award competition
Each resident of Castle Rock is moved by something different. Perhaps you’re moved by the feeling of triumph in the eyes of a determined runner as she finishes her first ultramarathon at the Castle Rock Trails Festival; or by the joyous smile of a four-year-old getting his first hit off his coach’s pitch; or maybe it’s by the community’s rally behind those hurting in the face of tragedy; or it’s the communal wave of carefree teenagers singing along with their favorite band during a concert at the Amphitheater.
Whatever it is that moves you, one thing is certain - the things that move you, is what move us.
Your voices move us to strive for excellence, and those efforts paid off. The Town of Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Department was honored with the highest achievement attainable in its profession, the National Gold Medal Award!
The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb parks and recreation services.
The Town’s Parks and Recreation Department earlier this year submitted a comprehensive review and assessment of its funding, staffing, resources, programs and accomplishments in pursuit of the award. After being named as a finalist in the Class IV category (communities which service populations of 30,001-75,000), the department submitted a 5-minute video and other application materials to be reviewed by a panel of five parks and recreation professionals.
“Receiving the Gold Medal Award is a true testament to the successful collaboration between active residents and community leaders,” said department Director Jeff Brauer. “We celebrate this recognition with the community and are honored to provide world-class facilities and programming that enhance the quality of life in Castle Rock. This shared vision drives our department to be the best in our profession, the orchestrator of fun, and the heart of our community.”
The department has been a finalist for the Gold Medal Award three times, and was also the national award winner in 2012. View the department’s application, the 5-minute submittal video and other award materials at CRgov.com/ParksandRec.
The 2018 Gold Medal Award was presented by the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.