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Each year, ORPA recognizes outstanding professionals, volunteers, partners, and projects in parks and recreation in Oregon. In 2017, ORPA presented eleven awards that recognized excellence in parks and recreation throughout the state. We are pleased and proud to be able to recognize the following dedicated individuals and outstanding activities in 2017.


David E. Clark Honor Award

Awarded To: Don Clements, Chehalem Parks and Recreation District

Named in recognition of the late Dave Clark, longtime leader in Oregon parks and recreation, this is the highest recognition ORPA can bestow.  The award is presented to a professional ORPA member who has shown leadership, inspired others, and made noteworthy contributions over a period of time to the recreation and park profession.  Nominees must have been active in the field a minimum of 15 years and ORPA history of membership for at least 10 years.

Distinguished Service Award 

Awarded To: Harry Auerbach, Portland Parks and Recreation

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual or agency that has shown dedication to the parks and recreation profession through a special project or effort, such as meaningful legislation, initiation of a significant project or donation to parks and recreation, or engaging others in significant a parks and recreation project.  Results of these efforts must have lasting value or serve as a standard for other projects or programs.

Outstanding New Professional Award 

Awarded To: Cydny Fletcher, Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation

This award recognizes a park and recreation professional with less than 15 years of experience demonstrated leadership, initiative, innovation, and overall contribution to the park and recreation profession. Active service to ORPA is preferred.

Environmental Leadership Award

Awarded To: Jude Geist

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 community education, implementation of sustainable operations, mobilization of community partnerships, and creating stewardship opportunities.

Outstanding Asset Management Award 

Awarded To: Luscher Farm, Lake Oswego Park and Recreation

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.

Planning Award 

Awarded To: Jacqueline Rochefort

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.

Design Award

Awarded To: Bend Whitewater Park, Bend Parks and Recreation District

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.

Private Sector Partner Award

Awarded To: Brooks Resources

The Private Sector Partner Award recognizes an Oregon-based 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.

Volunteer Service Award

Awarded To: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation

This award honors an individual or organization whose efforts as a volunteer have made a significant contribution to parks and recreation in Oregon. Nominees may include individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, ad hoc groups or others whose time, expertise, and/or labor is donated or unpaid.

SDIS Safety Excellence Award

Awarded To: Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District

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 out standing 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.


Legislative Advocacy Award

Awarded To:Senator Floyd Prozanski & Senator Lee Beyer

This award honors an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to the parks and recreation field through legislative leadership and advocacy within the last five years.  This may be done through public policy work, creating new funding, resources or programs for agencies, and/or increasing elected officials' awareness of and/or support for parks and recreation.


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