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Award Categories & Selection Criteria
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Click on the award title to see a description of the award and selection criteria used to evaluate nominations in that award category.

 

 David E Clark Professional Honor Award
 
 Distinguished Service Award  Planning Award
 Outstanding New Professional Award  Design Award
 Legislative Advocacy Award  Private Sector Partner Award
 Environmental Leadership Award  Volunteer Service Award
 Outstanding Asset Management Award SDIS Safety Excellence Award

 

 

 

Named in honor of the late David E Clark, longtime leader in Oregon parks and recreation, the David E Clark Professional Honor Award is the highest recognition ORPA can bestow. The award is presented to an ORPA member park and recreation professional who has demonstrated leadership, inspiration to others, and has made noteworthy and special contributions over a period of time to the recreation and park profession. The nominee has a proven record of service to the community and providing voluntary service on behalf of Parks & Recreation. Nominees must have been active in the field a minimum of 15 years, have maintained a high level of professional integrity and have been a member of ORPA for at least 10 years. 

 

Selection Criteria

Demonstrated Leadership (40%)

  • Has a track record of initiative and creation of a compelling vision and purpose within agencies they have served
  • Has performed noteworthy or special contributions and achievements within the community or profession
  • Active in the field for at least 15 years
  • Demonstrated a high level of professional integrity throughout their career
  • Has shown commitment to continuing education and professional development, including professional certifications

Inspiration to Others (30%)

  • Readily shares information or education about parks and recreation, for example as a speaker for city, county, state or national program, writing articles or publishing research or promotional topics relative to parks and recreation
  • Mentors others new to the profession
  • Has successfully engaged the public and private sectors in improving parks and recreation

Degree of Service (20%)

  • Has served on board(s), task force(s),  committee(s),  or other recognized allied organization(s) that benefits/furthers parks and recreation interests
  • Length of time in service as a volunteer related to parks and recreation
  • Overall impact or effect of their service

ORPA Membership (10%)

  • Nominee has been a member of ORPA for at least 10 years
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The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual or agency that has shown outstanding dedication to the parks and recreation profession or field through a special project or effort. Examples of distinguished service projects or efforts include leadership in meaningful legislation at the local, state or national level; initiation of a significant project or donation of land, facilities, art or collection of monies; or the ability to motivate private enterprise, service organizations, or the community to assist in bringing a project to fruition. Results of these efforts must serve as a standard for other projects or programs and have lasting value and long-term impact upon the parks and recreation movement in the State of Oregon. The recipient must have made outstanding contributions to enrich the lives of individuals or groups of individuals in neighborhoods, communities, or the State of Oregon.

 

Selection Criteria

Project & Project Results
(60%)

  • What results were achieved by the nominee’s efforts?
  • In what way did the effort meet a specific clear and compelling purpose? 
  • Was the effort or project unique in any way?
  • Was the project or effort transformational and display a passion for a greater good?
  • What was the relative significance of the project to the community being served?
  • Did the individual effort or project include community involvement and partnerships?

 Degree of Difficulty (30%)

  • What were the challenges or problems that the nominee encountered?
  • How complex was the project or effort that the nominee worked on?
  • How challenging was the work done by the nominee?
  • How much actual time/money/gift value was generated (if applicable to nomination)?

 Long-Term Impact on Parks & Recreation (10%)

  • How significant was the impact of the nominee’s efforts?
  • Will the effort have a long-lasting impact and/or be sustainable over time?
  • Did the actions or leadership of the nominee encourage others to become involved with the project or effort or to volunteer to assist parks and recreation in some other way?

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The Outstanding New Professional Award recognizes a park and recreation professional with less than 15 years of experience in the field and who possesses the qualities and skills of an emerging leader. The nominee demonstrates outstanding leadership, initiative, innovation, and contribution to the park and recreation profession in Oregon. Within his/her career, the nominee has shown steady career advancement, a commitment to ongoing professional development, recognition and respect from coworkers and colleagues as an emerging leader, and engagement with community and/or professional organizations.  Active involvement in ORPA is preferred. Selection

Selection Criteria

Leadership (35%)

  • Describe the ways in which the individual has demonstrated leadership qualities and characteristics.
  • Is the nominee generally recognized by coworkers and colleagues as an emerging leader?
  • How has the nominee engaged with other community and/or professional organizations?

 Innovation & Initiative (20%)

  • How has the nominee demonstrated initiative and the ability to be a self-starter?
  • What innovations have resulted directly from the nominee’s efforts?

 Contribution to Parks and Recreation (20%)

  • How has the nominee improved/affected parks and recreation in his/her community?
  • How has the nominee improved/affected parks and recreation beyond the agency/community in which she/he has worked?

 Career Advancement & Professional Development (15%)

  • Has the individual held progressively more responsible positions/titles in his/her work?
  • Has the nominee actively pursued professional development opportunities?

 ORPA Service (10%)

  • Priority will be given to nominees who have a proven record of service in ORPA.

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ORPA’s Legislative Advocacy Award honors an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the parks and recreation field through legislative leadership and advocacy within the last five years. Individuals and organizations may be honored for legislative leadership/advocacy at the local, county, regional, state, and/or federal level. Example outcome(s) of their work may include but are not limited to

  • Public policy work that supports parks and recreation in general;
  • Legislative/advocacy work that creates new funding, resources, or programs for parks and recreation agencies;
  • Defeat or repeal of legislation that is harmful to parks and recreation programs or activities; and/or
  • Efforts that increase elected officials’ awareness of and/or support for parks and recreation.

Nominees for the Legislative Advocacy Award may be an elected public official at the federal, state, county or local level; a volunteer member of a public board or commission; a private citizen or organization; or professional staff of a parks and recreation agency.  Nominees need not be ORPA members.

 

Selection Criteria

Degree of impact (50%)

  • What difference did the activity of effort make?
  • How widespread was the impact.
  • How lasting was the impact?

Degree of effort (30%)

  • How difficult was the legislative/advocacy activity?
  • How much time and effort did the nominee contribute?

Inspiration to Others (20%)

  • Did the actions of the nominee encourage others to actively advocate on behalf of the parks and recreation field?

ORPA Membership (10%)

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This award recognizes a park and recreation professional or agency who has made an outstanding effort during the last one to five years to sustain and improve the environment and/or reduce the environmental impact made by the agency.  Nominees’ environmental efforts may include but are not limited to the following categories:

  • Community and/or employee environmental education, including subjects such as water/energy conservation, climate change science, habitat conservation, etc.
  • Implementation of sustainable operations, including resource reduction, changing to more environmentally-friendly products, use of alternative energy sources, etc.
  • Environmental improvements at natural and built facilities, including conservation, restoration, materials re-use or use of greener materials, etc.
  • Mobilization of grassroots efforts or community partnerships to address environmental issues and improvements. 
  • Creating and providing environmental stewardship opportunities, including habitat restoration, natural resources conservation, etc.

 

Selection Criteria

Degree of impact (50%)

  • What environmental improvements resulted from the nominee’s efforts, how widespread was the impact (e.g. single facility, agency-wide, community-wide, etc.).
  • To what degree did the effort encourage others to be more environmentally-aware and environmentally-friendly?

On-Going Impact (30%)

  • How lasting is the impact of the effort or project?
  • Has the nominee done something that can be carried on and will continue to provide environmental benefits in the future?

Degree of Effort (20%)

  • How difficult was it for the nominee to conduct environmental improvements?
  • Were there significant challenges to be overcome?
  • What resources were required, including time, funding, and materials?

Sustainability (10%)

  • How environmentally-friendly were the methods and materials used by the nominee in their efforts?

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ORPA’s Outstanding Asset Management Award recognizes an agency or team for its exceptional management, maintenance/enhancement, and programming of an existing park, trail, natural area, recreation, and/or aquatic facility over time.  Recipients demonstrate the vision and leadership necessary to protect and enhance public assets and resources while providing public recreation opportunities.  Exceptional management may be demonstrated through quality maintenance and operations, efforts to retain and enhance the resource over time, creative problem-solving in the areas of budget, staffing, physical and/or environmental constraints to ensure the continued operation and availability of the asset(s) and/or introduction of new programs or activities that ensure continued use and optimization of the asset.

 

Selection Criteria

 Demonstration of Asset Management Best Practices (60%)

  • Strategic direction or plan for use and protection of the asset
  • Maintenance schedule/plan to retain/enhance asset
  • Creative problem-solving to overcome challenges of budget, staffing, physical and/or environmental constraints
  • Innovative programming that introduces new/expanded use of the asset
  • Collaborations and partnerships with public or private sector groups to the asset and leverage agency resources.
  • Marketing/education efforts that maintain/promote usage of the asset or protect/conserve the asset
  • Does the management effort serve as a model for other assets and/or agencies?

 Staff Engagement & Leadership (25%)

  • How did staff develop and implement a vision of how to best manage the asset?
  • What leadership and initiative was shown by agency personnel to manage the asset
  • Did staff pursue education or professional development to address management of the asset in a new way?

 Management Outcomes (25%)

  • What were the measurable outcomes that resulted from the management effort over time, IE: increased usage, habitat restoration, environmental protection, reduced hazards, etc.

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The ORPA Planning Award recognizes outstanding planning practices and processes used in the development or rehabilitation of a public park, trail, recreation, and/or cultural facility that has opened within the past five years.  Nominations are evaluated on planning practices used in the project, including community involvement; unusual or unique challenges and regulations encountered in the planning process; innovative  techniques used to engage the community and partners; incorporation of operational and maintenance concerns; the resulting project’s quality, aesthetics, usability and accessibility; and impact of the plan and resulting project on the agency and community.

 

Selection Criteria

 The Planning Process (70%)

  • Community and partner engagement in the planning process
  • Unusual/unique challenges encountered in the planning process
  • Innovative community engagement techniques
  • Timeline from concept to development
  • Agency/Consulting principals involved in the planning process
  • Planning budget

 Impact (30%)

  • How the planning process affected the project and use of the resulting facility
  • Increased or improved capacity to deliver services as a result of the plan
  • Provided a substantial community benefit or noticeable positive change

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 Design Award

The Design Award recognizes superior architectural and/or landscape design and design processes for new or renovated parks or facilities (buildings, parks, park components, trails, etc.) whose construction was completed in the last five years. Nominated design projects should demonstrate inclusiveness and be responsive to community needs and show a high level of overall design quality and innovation.  Award criteria includes the design’s integration of site characteristics and challenges; consideration for maintenance and energy efficiency; budget;  community involvement; innovative funding or other partnerships in the design process; uniqueness of the design, efficient use of resources, and overall aesthetic appeal.

 

Selection Criteria

Quality of Design (60%)

  • Overall aesthetic appeal
  • Integration of site characteristics and challenges
  • Consideration for maintenance, energy efficiency, and sustainability;
  • Responsive to community needs
  • Uniqueness of the design
  • Response to challenging environmental, cultural or site constraints

 Overall Design Process (20%)

  • Community involvement;
  • Inclusiveness
  • Innovative partnerships
  • Design budget

Outcomes of the Design Change (20%)

  • Increased or improved capacity to deliver services as a result of the design
  • Provided a substantial community benefit or noticeable positive change

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The ORPA Private Sector Partner Award recognizes an Oregon-based business entity, corporation or non-profit organization that has made a significant contribution to the park and recreation profession, either through an agency or the state association. Nominees may be recognized for their significant financial support, volunteer time, in-kind services, equipment, or other contributions to parks and recreation in Oregon. Nominees’ actions should be made without concern for direct personal or corporate gain or profit.  Organizations may only receive this award once every five years. Contributions must have been made prior to the nomination deadline.

Selection Criteria

Degree of impact (50%)

  • What difference did the contribution make?
  • How widespread was the impact?
  • How lasting was the impact?

 Degree of Effort (30%)

  • Has the nominee made contributions consistently over time?
  • Was the value of the contribution significant to the nominee in terms of monetary value, time, delivery of resources, etc.
  • Were there significant obstacles or challenges related to the nominees’ contribution, ie, process, approvals, permitting, etc.
  • Was the contribution made without concern for gain?

 Inspiration to Others (20%)

  • Did the actions of the nominee advance the profession and recreation field?

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This award honors an individual or an organization whose efforts as a volunteer made a significant contribution to parks and recreation in the state of Oregon. Nominees may include individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, ad hoc groups or others whose time, expertise, and/or labor is donated and unpaid.  Nominations may be made in recognition of the nominee’s cumulative service or for their efforts on a single project or activity that has created benefit for parks and recreation at the local, regional, or statewide level.   Examples of significant volunteer contributions to parks and recreation in Oregon may include, but are not limited to, direct service to parks and recreation agencies or facilities; enhancement of a park and recreation facility or site; creation of a program or event that benefits parks and recreation; fund-raising for parks and recreation programs or facilities, or efforts to recruit other volunteers to engage in service to parks and recreation. 

 

Selection Criteria

 Degree of Impact of Nominee’s Contribution (40%)

  • Did the nominee’s efforts achieve a result
  • How significant and lasting was the impact of the nominee’s efforts?

Degree of Effort of Nominee’s Contribution (30%)

  • How challenging was the work done by the nominee?
  • What were the challenges or problems that the nominee encountered?
  • How complex was the project or effort that the nominee worked on?

Inspiration to Others (20%)

  • Did the actions or leadership of the nominee encourage others to become involved with the project or effort or to volunteer to assist parks and recreation in some other way?

Amount of Time Given by the Nominee (10%)

  • How much actual time has been donated by the nominee?

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SDIS Safety Excellence Award


Sponsored by Special Districts Insurance Services (SDIS), this award honors an individual, organization, or program that has demonstrated a unique commitment to improving or enhancing safety in park and recreation facilities or activities. Individuals or agency safety efforts and safety programs may be nominated in the following categories:

 

 

Individual:  In recognition of personal commitment and achievement in the area of park and recreation safety. Individuals who serve as staff, volunteers, or partners to an Oregon park and recreation organization are eligible to be nominated for the SDIS Safety Excellence Award in the Individual category.

Organizational:  In recognition of outstanding commitment or significant contribution by an organization in the area of park and recreation safety. Any Oregon park and recreation organization is eligible to be nominated for this award.


Program:  In recognition of programs that provide innovative or significant contributions to safety among Oregon’s park and recreation entities. Programs eligible to be nominated for this award may be internal to a park and recreation agency or offered by another public or private organization. 

 

Selection Criteria

 Demonstration of Best Practices in Safety (55%)

  • Description of the safety effort - how did it improve parks & recreation safety
  • Goals of the safety effort or program
  • Innovative approaches to safety
  • Program budget & resources
  • Demonstration/support of safety best practices

Outcomes & Impact (20%)

  • Immediate and longer-term safety results
  • Achievement of safety goals
  • Safety impact/outcomes as compared to budget

Engagement of Others in the Safety Effort (15%)

  • Who was involved
  • What partnerships were utilized/developed
  • Were any external resources used

SDAO & ORPA Membership (10%)

  • Priority will be given to nominees who are members of Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) and/or ORPA

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