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Each year until 2020, ORPA conducted an annual awards selection and ceremony to recognize and celebrate outstanding park and recreation projects, professionals, and partners. Award nominations are solicited from members each spring in eleven award categories, which are listed below. The annual awards are presented during the ORPA annual conference each fall.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ORPA Conference has been canceled. Since there will not be a proper forum for announcing the annual awards this year, the awards program will not occur. The program will start up again in 2021 so that deserving professionals and projects can be appropriately recognized.

Awards Nominations are not being accepted this year.

 

Looking for Section Awards?  Check out the Section Pages.

 

For a list of past award winners, beginning in 1963, click here.

Watch videos from the award ceremony on the ORPA YouTube Channel.

 

 

Named in honor of the late Dave 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 leadersihp, inspiration to others, and has made noteworthy and special contribtions over a period of time to the recreation and park profession. Candidate must have been active in the field a minimum of 15 years 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 preformed 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 articiles 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

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. Nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. How many years has the nominee been involved as a park and recreation professional in Oregon? Outside of Oregon?
  4. Provide a short summary of the nominee's professional career in parks and recreation (2,000 word max)
  5. List the nominees most significant accomplishments in parks and rec in Oregon (10 max)
  6. Describe how the nominee has demonstrated leadership in the field of parks and rec in Oregon (2,000 word max)
  7. Describe the ways in which the nominee has inspired others to excellence in parks and rec in Oregon (2,000 word max)
  8. Provide a recap of the nominee's voluntary service within the parks and rec profession (1,500 word max)
  9. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered (1,000 word max)
  10. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.

 

 

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 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 community.

 

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?

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. If nominating an individual please provide the nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. If nominating an agency please provide the agency's name, primary contact, contact title, email and phone number
  4. Is the nominee an active ORPA member?
  5. Describe the project or effort for which the individual or agency is being nominated. Please tell us about the goals and outcomes/results of that work. Describe the ways in which the project met a need, was unique or transformational, significant to the community, and/or included community involvement.
  6. In what ways was this work exceptional? Describe the challenges or problems encountered in this project or effort, as well as the amount of time/money/value or other gift generated.
  7. Please describe the lasting impact of this project/effort and the nominee's service. How significant was the impact, is it lasting and sustainable over time, and di the effort encourage others to be involved with the project or with parks and recreation in another way?
  8. In what way does this work serve as a standard or model for our profession?
  9. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered.
  10. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.

 

 

The Outstanding New Professional Award recognizes a park and recreation professional with a minimum of 3 years and 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 Criteria

Leadership (25%)

  • 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 baility 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 oppotunities?

ORPA Service (15%)

  • Priority will be given to nominees who have a proven record of service in ORPA. Examples of service include:
    • Volunteering during workshop events or conference
    • Actively involved in section and/or on baord

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. Nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. How long has the nominee worked as a parks and recreation professional (total time, not just time in Oregon)?
  4. Is the nominee an active ORPA member?
  5. Please provide an overview statement of why you feel this individual should receive ORPA's New Professional Award
  6. Describe how the nomineee has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the park and recreation field, including leadership within his/her agency and with other community and professional organizations.
  7. Describe examples of initiative and/or innovation that the nominee has shown during his/her career.
  8. Describe the ways in which the nominee has improved parks and recreation within the community they serve, and beyond.
  9. Describe the ways in which the nominee has worked to advance his or her career, take on increasingly responsible positions, and pursued professional development.
  10. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered.
  11. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.

 

 

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?

Inspriation to Others (10%)

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

ORPA Membership (10%)

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. If nominating an individual please provide the nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. If nominating an agency please provide the agency's name, primary contact, contact title, email and phone number
  4. If the nominee is an individual, please select their role from the following options:
    • Local elected official (municial or park district)
    • County elected official
    • State elected official
    • Federal elected officail
    • Advisory board/communitee member
    • Citizen volunteer advocate
    • Private organization
    • Park/recreation staff
    • Other professional (please list)
  5. Please provide an overview of the nominee's legislative/advocacy achievements and their impact. Describe the nominee's key legislative activities, the issues/needs addressed, the time frame in which the activities occurred, any specific legislation that was passed or defeated by the nominee, and hte difference made by the nominee's legislative efforts.
  6. Describe any challenges or difficulties addressed during the nominee's legislative effors and the amount of time devoted to acheiving the results described in the previous question
  7. Describe in what way the nominee's legislative efforts have encouraged others to be involved in the effort or to advocate on behalf of parks and recreation
  8. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered (1,000 word max)
  9. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.

 

 

This award recognizes a park and recreation professional or agency who has made an outstanding effort during the last one to five yeras to sustain and improve the environment and/or reduce the environmental impact made by the agency. Nominee's 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 environementally-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 (10%)

  • 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 mamterials used by the nominee in their efforts?

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. If nominating an individual please provide the nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. If nominating an agency please provide the agency's name, primary contact, contact title, email and phone number
  4. Is the nominee an active ORPA member?
  5. Describe the environmental improvements that resulted from the nominee's effors, the impact of those efforts, and the degree to which the effort encouraged others to engage in environmental improvements. Describe specific activities led by or resulting from the nominee's work and in what timeframe they occurred.
  6. Describe the lasting impact of the effort or project and the ways in which the nominee's efforts continue to provide environmental benefits in the future.
  7. Describe any challenges or difficulties that the nominee encountered in their effors as well as the time, funding, and materials needed to complete their efforts.
  8. Describe the ways in which the nominee ensured that any materials used in their efforts were environmentally-friendly.
  9. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered (1,000 word max)
  10. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.

 

 

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 nad partnerships with public or private sector groups to the asset and leverage agency resources
  • Marketing/education efforts that maintain/promote usage of the assets or protect/conserve the asset
  • Does the management effort serve as a model for other assets and/or agencies?

Staff Engagement & Leadership (20%)

  • How did staff develop and implement a vision of how to best manage the asset?
  • What leadership and initiative was shown by the 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 (20%)

  • What were the measurable outcomes that resulted from the management effort over time (e.g. increased usage, habitat restoration, environmental protection, reduced hazards, etc.)?

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. If nominating an individual please provide the nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. If nominating an agency please provide the agency's name, primary contact, contact title, email and phone number
  4. Is the nominee an active ORPA member?
  5. Describe the facility or asset that the nominee has managed, including the type of facility/asset (trail, natural area, recreation center, etc.), its location, its size, its age, any special features of the asset, and challenges related to its management.
  6. Describe the nominee's approach to managing the asset, including strategy/plan for use and protection, maintenance schedule, innovative programming, collaborations and partnerships utilized, and makreting/education efforts that promote and/or protect the asset.
  7. Describe any creative solutions used in management of the asset to overcome challenges of budget, staffing, and physical and/or environmental constraints.
  8. In what ways does the management effort serve as a model for other assets in the agency or for other agencies' assets?
  9. Describe the way in which the nominee was engaged and provided leadership in managing the asset. include the way in which a vision/plan for the asset was developed, staff leadership/initiative in management, and the pursuit of any professional development related to asset management.
  10. Describe measurable outcomes that resulted from the management effort over time, such as increased usage, restoration of habitat, environmental protection, facility expansion, etc.
  11. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered.
  12. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.

 

 

The ORPA Planning Award recognizes outstanding planning practices and processes used in the development or rehabilitation of a public park, trail, recreation program, cultural facility, and/or the park system as a whole. The intent of the award is to celebrate and acknowledge planning processes that have had a lasting effect on the park system and/or community and built social capital. 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; and/or incorporation of operational and maintenance concerns.

 

Selection Criteria

The Planning Process (40%)

  • Unusual/unique challenges encountered in the planning process
  • Timeline from concept to development
  • Agency/Consulting principles involved in the planning process
  • Planning budget

Engagement (30%)

  • Community and partner engagement in the planning process
  • Innovative community engagement techniques
  • Equitability and inclusivity of the engagement process

Immediate and Long Term Impacts (30%)

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

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. If nominating an individual please provide the nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. If nominating an agency please provide the agency's name, primary contact, contact title, email and phone number
  4. If a private planning firm/consultant or firm should be recognized along with the individual/agency as part of this nomination, please provide their contact information
  5. What is the title or name of the project whose planning process is being recognized?
  6. Is the nominee an ORPA member?
  7. Tell us about the plan that resulted from the planning effort that is being nominated. Describe the type of facility planned, or if the project is an overaching plan, briefly summarize the planned facilities in the document.
  8. Describe the planning process for the project or facility, including an overview of the process, model planning practices that were used, the timeline from concept to development, any unique or unusual challenges encountered in the planning process, and the ways in which this planning effort was exceptional.
  9. Describe who was involved in the planning process and the role of each in the process, including agency staff, consultants, community representatives, and other partners. What innovative techniques, if any, were used to engage the community in the planning process?
  10. List the total budget and describe any public and private funding source(s) used.
  11. Describe the impact of the planning process. How did it affect the project?
  12. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered.
  13. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.
  14. Nominees are also encouraged to submit poster boards of the project that will be displayed in the exhibit hall during the annual conference.

 

 

The Design & Construction Awards recognize superior architectural and/or landscape design 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.

Two Design & Construction Awards will be presented. One award will recognize excellence in design and construction of projects that are built at a total cost (design and construction) of less than $1.5 million. A second award will recognize those projects with a total cost (design and construction) exceeding $1.5 million.

 

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 challening environmental, cultural, or site constraints

Overall Design Process (20%)

  • Community involvement
  • Inclusiveness
  • Innovative partnerships
  • Design and construction 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

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. Nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. Agency's name, primary contact, contact title, email and phone number
  4. If a private sector architecture/design consultant or firm should be recognized along with the individual/agency as part of this nomination, please provide their contact information
  5. What is the title or name of the project whose design is being recognized?
  6. Is the nominee an ORPA member?
  7. Tell us about the project or facility that resulted from the design and construction effort that is being nominated. Describe the type of facility (trail, rec center, etc.), its location, size, date opened to the public, and the goals or needs addressed by the project
  8. Describe the design process for the project or facility, including an overview of the process used and timeline from concept to construction. In what ways do you think this design effort was exceptional?
  9. Describe the ways in which the design process integrated site characteristics and challenges; considered maintenance, energy efficiency, and sustainability; and addressed an environmetnal, cultural or site constraints.
  10. List the total design and construction budget and describe any public and private funding source(s) used for design.
  11. Describe who was involved in the design process and the roles of each, including agency staff, consultants, community representatives, and partner organizations. In what ways did hte design process promote inclusion, community involvement, and/or partnerships?
  12. Describe the outcomes of the design process on the facility, icnluding use, expanded capacity, community benefit, or other positive changes.
  13. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered.
  14. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.
  15. Nominees are also encouraged to submit poster boards of the project that will be displayed in the exhibit hall during the annual conference.

 

 

The ORPA Private Sector Partner Award recognizes a business entity, corporation or non-profit organization that has made a significant contribution to the park and recreation profession in Oregon, 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 nominee's 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 park and recreation field?

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. Nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. Is the nominee a for-profit or nonprofit organization?
  4. Describe the general contributions that the nominee has made to the park and recreation profession. Describe the type of support provided; whether the nominee has affected parks and recreation at the local, regional, or statewide level; and how long the nominee has actively supported the field.
  5. Describe the difference that the nominee's participation has made to the agency or its project(s) and the lasting outcomes of the nominee's support.
  6. Please list the specific contributions that the nominee has made, including direct financial support and amounts, in-kind support, expertise, loan or donation of land or equipment, etc. Where possible, please relate the total value, amount of time, or other measure of the contribution.
  7. Describe any significant obstacles or challenges related to the nominee's support, such as corporate approval challenging volunteer circumstances, difficulties in fund-raising, etc.
  8. Describe the ways in which the nominee motivated other private sector organizations to support parks and recreation.
  9. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered.
  10. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.

 

 

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?

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. Nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. If you are nominating an organization, please provide their contact information
  4. Describe the ways in whcih the nominee has supported a park and recreation agency(ies) or facility(ies), including the type of service or work provided, how long the nominee has been active, and approximate hours contributed.
  5. If the nominee is a group or organization, describe the number and type of people involved as volunteers.
  6. Describe the specific outcomes or results of the nominee's volunteer service, such as new programs, facility improvements, outreach, funds raised, etc. What is the lasting impact of the nominee's involvement, and would these results have been possible without the nominee's involvement?
  7. Describe any challenges or difficulties that the nominee encountered in their service, such as time or physical constraints, scop of work performed, community skepticism, challenging environmental conditions, etc.
  8. Describe the ways in which the nominee's service has motivated others to volunteer for the agency or facility.
  9. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered.
  10. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.

 

 

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 and 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

 

Nomination Instructions

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination forms (link at the top of the page).

Nominations are accepted from the beginning of each calendar year until the date listed above.

Submit all information for the questions listed below.

 

Nomination Questions

  1. Your name, title, agency, email, phone and relationship to nominee
  2. Nominee's name, title agency, email and phone number
  3. Business/Organization Contact Information
  4. Program title, organization offering the program, primary contact, contact title, email and phone
  5. Provide a short summary of the nominee's work to encourage and improve safety in parks and recreation
  6. List and describe the nominee's most significant outcomes and results. What are the lasting impacts?
  7. Is the nominee a member of SDAO and/or ORPA
  8. Any other information about the nominee that you think should be considered.
  9. You must agree to submit a 2-3 minute video or slide presentation that highlights your nominee's achievements if they are selected.


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