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OPRA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE


Ohio Parks and Recreation Association is proud to announce the 2015 Awards of Excellence winners.  For a complete list of awards entries including a link to the submission and supporting documents, click here.


Past Leadership/Governor’s Award Winners

 

 

Category 1: Capital Improvement Projects – Up to $1.0 Million

 

1st Place

Miami County Park District  ●  Archery Range at Garbry Big Woods Reserve

2nd Place

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  ●  Kwanzaa Playground Renovation

3rd Place

Cleveland Metroparks  ●  Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter

 

Category 2: Capital Improvement Projects – $1.0 Million to $2.5 Million

 

1st Place

Granville Recreation District  ●  Rotary Bridge Project

2nd Place

Cleveland Metroparks  ●  Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail Lake Link

3rd Place

National Trail Parks and Recreation District  ●  Speedway Children’s Park

 

Category 3: Capital Improvement Projects – $2.5 Million and Up

 

1st Place

Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks  ●  Rocky Fork Metro Park

2nd Place

Prairie Township  ●  Prairie Township Community Center

3rd Place

City of Avon  ●  Avon Aquatic Facility

 

 

Category 4: Programs – Special Event

 

1st Place

National Trail Parks and Recreation District  ●  One Enchanted Evening

2nd Place

National Trail Parks and Recreation District  ●  The Hunger Drive Games

3rd Place

City of Reynoldsburg  ●  Heroes for Heroes 5K Obstacle Race Team Challenge

 

Category 5: Programs – Historical & Cultural Arts

 

1st Place

City of Dublin  ●  Irish Author’s Corner/Cultural Stages

2nd Place

Westerville Parks and Recreation Department  ●  Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theater

3rd Place

Lorain County Metro Parks  ●  Pioneer Craftsmen Experience

 

Category 6: Programs – Environmental & Interpretive

 

1st Place

Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks  ●  SEED (Students Exploring Ecosystem Dynamics)

2nd Place

MetroParks of Butler County  ●  Salamander Adventure

3rd Place

Geauga Park District  ●  Milkweed Distribution for Monarch Recovery

 

Category 7: Programs – Health & Wellness

 

1st Place

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  ●  Strawberry Food Truck

2nd Place

Stark County Park District  ●  Live Well Stark County Collaborative

3rd Place

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  ●  Children’s Hunger Alliance

 

Category 8: Programs – Sports

 

1st Place

MetroParks of Butler County  ●  MetroParks Mojo Running Triathlon/Training Program

2nd Place

Steubenville Parks and Recreation Department  ●  Recreation Youth Boxing

3rd Place

Westerville Parks and Recreation Department  ●  Log Rolling

 

Category 9: Programs – Special Populations

 

1st Place

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  ●  Therapeutic Recreation Adapted Swimming

2nd Place

Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts  ●  Adult Day Sampler

3rd Place

Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts  ●  Parallel Camp

 

Category 10: Programs – Recreation

 

1st Place

Ohio Department of Natural Resources  ●  Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventures

2nd Place

Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts  ●  Grow with Kettering

3rd Place

Sprindgale Parks and Recreation Department  ●  City Service & U

 

Category 11: Law Enforcement

 

1st Place

Five Rivers MetroParks  ●  Police Cyclist Certification Program

2nd Place

Cleveland Metroparks  ●  Cleveland Metroparks Safer Waters

3rd Place

Lorain County Metro Parks  ●  Paddle & Pedal Fest

 

Category 12: Natural Resources & Conservation

 

1st Place

Five Rivers MetroParks  ●  Huffman Prairie Restoration and Interpretation

2nd Place

Great Parks of Hamilton County  ●  Taking Root Goal Completion

3rd Place

Geauga Park District  ●  Captively Bred Spotted Turtle Release

 

Category 13: Marketing Innovation

 

1st Place

Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks  ●  A Traditional-Digital Marketing Mix

2nd Place

Worthington Parks and Recreation  ●  If My Park Could Talk

3rd Place

Westerville Parks and Recreation Department  ●  Bike Safe Westerville

 

Category 14: Management Innovation

 

1st Place

Stark County Park District and Canton Parks and Recreation  ●  BikeSmart Bike Share Program

2nd Place

Worthington Parks and Recreation  ●  Bike and Pedestrian Initiative

3rd Place

Mayfield Heights and Mayfield Village  ●  Wildcat Sports & Fitness

 


Outstanding Youth Leadership Award
Owen and Gavin Gonzalez  ●  Centerville-Washington Park District

Outstanding Citizen Award

Tony Klepacz and Andrea White  ●  Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts
 

Harvey Woods Lifetime Achievement Award

Keith Shy  ●  Summit Metro Parks
 

Professional of the Year

Stephen Madewell  ●  Metroparks of the Toledo Area
 

Legislator of the Year

Senator Gayle Manning
 

OPRA Hall of Fame
Joseph Sommer  ●  Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Stark County Park District

Governors Award
Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks  ●  Rocky Fork Metro Park


 

 

 

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