APRA Annual Awards Program

Recognizing Excellence in the field of Parks, Recreation, Cultural and Community Services

Award Gala Details

Where: The Fox Theater  

17 West Congress Street, Tucson

When: Tuesday, August 11

Doors will open at 6:30 pm where you can mingle with your peers, sip cocktails and tour the historic theater.

Program starts promptly at 7:30 pm and typically runs 90 minutes

Entrance and transportation to the gala is included in all FULL conference packages, all others will need to pre-purchase tickets on our website for $25. 

If you are not able to pick up your delegate packet at the hotel we will have a list of those registered at the door.

*No food will be served but the Fox does have snacks and drinks available for purchase.

All 2015 APRA Award Nominations, including the Awards Nomination Form and supporting documentation, must be submitted via e-mail Chris Gallagher, after registering and paying the nomination fee.

Nomination Deadlines:

Early Bird Deadline ($20 per nomination)
All nomination information must be received by the Awards and Citations Committee Chair via email by no later than 5 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015.  Click here to pay the nomination fee.
Late Deadline ($30 per nomination)
All nomination information must be received by the Awards and Citations Committee Chair via email by no later than 5 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015.  Click here to pay the nomination fee. 

Nominating Tips
Each year the Awards Committee receives approximately 100 nominations. Each nomination is carefully reviewed by a panel of APRA members from around the State. Their responsibility is to select the most outstanding nominations for recognition. When submitting a nomination, please consider the following suggestions:
  • Read the criteria for each award category and the nomination procedures carefully;
  • The committee suggests that you use award criteria headings when writing your nomination. Each criteria is assigned a point value. Nominations should provide information pertaining directly to each award criteria.
  • Nominations should be clear, concise and well written
  • Submit complete nomination materials
  • Spend time preparing the nomination application; and submit
  • Awards Nomination Form
  • View YouTube videos of 2013 winners
  • View a list of the 2014 winners
Chris Gallagher, Chairman, APRA Awards & Citations Committee
For information, call (623) 882-7536 or email Chris Gallagher.

2015 Award Categories

Click on each category for criteria information:

Citation of Merit Award

Media Award

Natural Resources Award

Outstanding Facility Award
Population Categories:
  1. Under 25,000
  2. 25,000 - 100,000
  3. 100,000+
Outstanding Program Award
  • Aquatics Program
  • Active Adult 50+ Program
  • Adaptive Program
  • Cultural Awareness Program
  • Educational Program
  • Sports Program
  • Youth Enrichment Program (formerly Youth at Risk and After School Programs)
  • Community or Neighborhood Special Event
Population Categories (for this category only):
  1. Under 25,000
  2. 25,000 - 100,000
  3. 100,000+
Outstanding Public Official Award

Parks Professional Award

Partnership Award

Professional Emeritus Award

Professional Award

Volunteer of the Year Award

Young Professional Award 

Awards Gala
If you've never attended the APRA Awards Presentation, once again you should ask yourself WHY NOT??? Although all nominations don’t win, they are recognized during the APRA Conference and Expo taking place at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley. The Awards Gala is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11, and will take place at the historic Fox Theater in downtown Tucson. The awards gala is a chance to dress up Oscar-style and visit with organization dignitaries and parks and recreation professionals from around the state. REGISTER HERE

*Please note that no food will be served at the event but we are encouraging everyone to take advantage of the new downtown nightlife, restaurants and light rail following the gala.

All conference registrations will close on July 17th - No Exceptions! 
On-site registrations will be taken but will include only education sessions, no meals or socials.

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