APRA Annual Awards Program

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

    2016 APRA Annual Awards Timeline

  • November 2015 – May 2016 – APRA Nominations Being Accepted (www.azpra.org/awards) 
  • May 13, 2016 – Early Bird Nomination Deadline ($25 per nomination)
  • May 27, 2016 – Last Day For Nominations ($35 per nomination)
  • No Later Than Friday, June 3, 2106 – Nominations in the Hands of Scoring Committee
  • June 21, 2016 – All Scores Given to Chris (that’s right, another year for me…)
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Scoring Meeting 
  • July 11, 2016 – Winner Information Due to Vader Video
  • July 11 – August 1, 2016 – Video Production (Vader Video)
  • Week of August 8 – Awards Celebration & Conference at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park (Not sure of exact awards date or format yet)


2016 Nomination Deadlines:

Early Bird Deadline ($25 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 13, 2015. 
 
Late Deadline ($35 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 27, 2015. 

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 (available soon)
  • View YouTube videos of 2013 winners
  • View a list of the 2014 winners
  • 2015 Award Winners
Questions?
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 

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