Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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74 Landscape Architect and Specifier News 2018 Gold Medal Awards In a collaboration, the National Recreation and Park Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration have announced the winners of the 2018 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. According to the NRPA, the Gold Medal Awards program recognizes communities that exemplify park and recreation excellence, which include "long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition." The recipients of the Gold Medal Award are as follows: Class 1 (population > 400, 000) • Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation in Lake Worth, Fla. Class 2 (population 150,001 – 400,000) • City of Arlington Parks and Recreation in Arlington, Texas Class 3 (population 75,001 – 150,000) • Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department in Bloomington, Ind. Class 4 (population 30,001 – 75,000) • Town of Castle Rock Parks and Recreation in Castle Rock, Colo. Class 5 (population < 30,000) • Homewood-Flossmoor Park District in Flossmoor, Ill Armed Forces Recreation Award • Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Fla. Nature-Based Play Project Receives $150,000 The American Water Charitable Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by American Water, which significantly contributes to the wellbeing of its communities. Their collaboration with NRPA has led to the redevelopment of a nature-based playground in Tenn. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) has awarded $150,000 in grant funding for a park project in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Due to this financial support, East Lake Park will undergo a major revitalization of a nature-based play area. Laura Martin, president of the AWCF said, "This water-centric park improvement project will give residents of all ages the opportunity to enjoy, learn about and appreciate the environment and especially our critical natural resource, water, in a fun and engaging way." The project was chosen based on water components, play value, education value, use of natural play materials and more. It is also part of the Foundation's Building Better Communities signature grant program, a program that specifically focuses on improving nature-based play spaces for children, as well as preserving the natural resources of parks. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 7 7

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