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AWARDS  ●  2014 Complete List Of Awards Submissions  ●  Past Winners
Outstanding Youth Leadership Award  ●  Outstanding Citizen Leadership Award
Harvey Woods Lifetime Achievement Award  ●  Professional of the Year Award  ●  Legislator of the Year Award
Jack Hanna Resource Conservation Award  ●  Hall of Fame  ●  Governors Award  ●  Youth Sports Coach of the Year Award



The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence recognize organizations throughout Ohio that embody the vision, dedication and demonstration of excellence in parks and recreation.  These awards highlight the efforts of those organizations that transcend everyday standards to make a difference and improve the quality of life in our Ohio communities.

Submission Forms are now available!  But first, check out the 2015 Awards Brochure to view the categories, find out what information you need to submit, and discover how your department can score a FREE awards submission.

Some helpful hints before you submit!

  • Prepare your answers before you access the form to submit your award online.  Use the handy templates below to create your responses then simply copy and paste them into the online form.  The prompts are taken directly from the judging rubric, so make sure your answers are clearly defined.

Project Template
Leadership Template
Hall of Fame Template

  • Create a folder on your desktop for each award you’re submitting to house any and all supporting documents.  Instructions on how to submit supporting documents will be emailed to the nominator no later than 2 business days after the submission is made. Supporting documents must be submitted no later than 2 business days after emailed confirmation is received, otherwise they will not be considered with your submission. 
  • Supporting documents must be submitted as a PDF or JPEG file.  6-10 photographs need to be submitted with each nomination and must be a quality of 300 dpi. There is a limit of 3 PDFs and 10 JPEG files per submission.  Video files need to be submitted as a web link at the time of the text submission to be considered.  See brochure for complete rules and requirements.
  • If your submission is for a Leadership Award, photographs of the nominee will be collected only after they have been chosen to receive the award.
  • Find out how you are paying for your submission.  Each department that purchases a Group Membership Package receives a FREE awards submission.  The discount code for your FREE submission is sent to your director and must be used at checkout.  Other payment methods include Visa/Mastercard/Discover, purchase order, or bill me.  Cost is $60 per entry for projects; leadership awards are free.

Remember, only projects completed between September 16, 2014 and September 15, 2015 are eligible for submission and that projects are not permitted to be entered two years in a row.  Deadline to make a submission is October 21, 2015. 

Click on the links below to make your submission:

Project Categories 1-14
Leadership Categories 15-20
Hall of Fame Category 21

Nominating someone for the Harvey Woods Lifetime Achievement Award?  Click here to learn more about Harvey’s impact on OPRA and the field of Parks and Recreation.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please contact Mike Thonnerieux, (937) 427-5514 or Bill Tschirhart awards co-chairs or Mindy at the OPRA office at (800) 238-1108.


Free Awards Workshop
September 2, 2015  ●  10:00am – 12:00pm

Grove City, City Hall
4035 Broadway
Grove City, OH 

Have questions about submitting an award?  Curious to understand the difference in the award categories?  Join us as we explain the ins and outs of awards and show you the criteria judges use to decide the winners.  Click here to RSVP.


Awards Judging
November 5, 2015  ●  10:00am

Kaltenbach Park Community Center
5985 Cara Rd
Dublin, OH 

Judging for the 2015 OPRA Awards of Excellence will take place on November 5th at 10:00am at the Kaltenbach Park Community Center in Dublin.  If you would like to be a judge (must be an active OPRA member), click here to RSVP.





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