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Each year, ORPA recognizes outstanding professionals, volunteers, partners, and projects in parks and recreation in Oregon. In 2019, ORPA presented ten 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 2018.

List of all past award winners since 1963.


David E. Clark Honor Award

Awarded To: Deb Schoen, Tualatin Hills Park & 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.

Outstanding New Professional Award 

Awarded To: Boone Marker, City of Lincoln City

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: Metro Parks & Nature

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: Juniper Swim and Fitness Center, Bend Park & Recreation District

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: City of Tualatin and MIG, Inc.

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 (Large Project)

Awarded To: Chehalem Park & Recreation District and Scott Edwards Architecture

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.



DESIGN AWARD (Small Project)

Awarded To: Portland Parks and Recreation and GreenWorks PC

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.

Volunteer Service Award

Awarded To: Willamette Riverkeeper

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: Douglas County Parks

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.


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