MRPA Awards

Awards Committee

The purpose of the Awards Committee is to recognize individuals, agencies, organizations, or institutions for their excellent, outstanding, or unique accomplishments in recreation, parks, leisure services, conservation of the environment, and the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association.

Awards Committee Co-Chair
Sam Werle
Duluth Parks and Recreation
swerle@duluthmn.gov

Awards Committee Co-Chair
JJ Williams
Washington County
jj.williams@co.washington.mn.us

Congratulations to professional award recipients for 2023:



CLIFTON E. FRENCH AWARD
Rick Birno, Golden Valley

NELSON - NILES AWARD
Joey Schugel, New Ulm

HORIZON AWARD
Chelsea Swenhaugen, Inver Grove Heights

BOARD AND COMMISSION AWARD
Peter Dugan, Eagan

LEADERSHIP AWARD
Aimee Peterson, Maple Grove

TOMMY JOHNSON AWARD
City of Richfield


Professional Award Recipients 2021


CLIFTON E. FRENCH AWARD
Tom Schmitz, New Ulm

JACK NILES AWARD
Alex McKinney, Washington County

DOROTHEA NELSON AWARD
Marcia Larson and Becky Sola

HORIZON AWARD
Jenna Smith, Bloomington

BOARD AND COMMISSION AWARD
Thomas P. Anderson, Corcoran


Professional Awards

MRPA celebrates the professional awards recipients and their outstanding accomplishments during the professional awards ceremony.

Congratulations to professional award recipients for 2022:


CLIFTON E. FRENCH AWARD
Paul Peanasky, Faribault

LEADERSHIP AWARD
Sonya Rippe, Plymouth

TOMMY JOHNSON AWARD
Plymouth Parks and Recreation

JACK NILES AWARD
Reed Smidt, Woodbury

DOROTHEA NELSON AWARD
Annie Olson, Minneapolis

HORIZON AWARD
Meredith Lawrence, Mendota Heights

BOARD AND COMMISSION AWARD
Thomas P. Anderson, Corcoran

Nomination Procedure:

Nominating an individual for and MRPA Professional Award, Board and Commission and Special Award is an easy process. MRPA professional members who are nominated will receive a professional profile form to complete that will provide more information about their professional experience and MRPA involvement. The MRPA Professional Award recipients are honored during the Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

Click here to learn more about the professional award categories.


2020 Professional Award Recipients


CLIFTON E. FRENCH AWARD
Sandy Breuer, Washington County

JACK NILES AWARD
Nate Rosa, St. Louis Park

DOROTHEA NELSON AWARD
Nicole Gorman, Edina

HORIZON AWARD
Chris Fleck, Eagan
JJ Williams, Washington County  

TOMMY JOHNSON AWARD
St. Louis Park Parks and Recreation  

LEADERSHIP AWARD
Dale McCamish, Rochester 

Awards of Excellence

The Awards of Excellence are presented by Minnesota Recreation and Park Association, and proudly sponsored by Hiway Credit Union. 

MRPA recognizes agencies or organizations in Minnesota for outstanding achievements in the following categories:

Applications for 2023 projects are due February 25, 2024.

A major goal of the Awards of Excellence program is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the excellent parks, trails, and recreation services available in Minnesota. 

The awards committee will score selected agencies and follow up with recipients in late spring. 

Public presentations of the awards are made before the agencies’ governing bodies throughout the summer season. These projects will also be highlighted in the fall issue of the MRPA member magazine. 

Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2022 - Read More

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Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2020 - Read More

Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2019 - Read More

Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2018 - Read More

Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2017 - Read More


Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2016 - Read More


Awards of Excellence for Projects Completed in 2015 - Read More


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