2020 Awards Program

TRPA Announces 2020 Award Winners at Annual Conference
November 19, 2020 - The Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association (TRPA) announces the recipients of the Association’s 2020 Awards. The outstanding achievements of these individuals, communities and organizations were acknowledged during the Association’s 69th Annual Conference held virtually.
The Fellow Award, the highest award the Association can confer on an individual, recognizes professional members who have made outstanding contributions to the recreation field throughout their career. The Fellow Award recipient is Thomas Laird of Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation. 
The Distinguished Young Professional Award, awarded to a young professional was presented to Sarah Jennings of Goodlettsville Parks and Recreation for her outstanding service to the Parks and Recreation profession and her community.
The Lifetime Member Award honors and recognizes individuals who have made numerous and/or significant long-term contributions within the parks and recreation profession. This prestigious award can be given to more than one nominee per year.  TRPA recognized two outstanding members this year: Sandy MacDiarmid of Jackson Recreation & Parks and Mike Gorham of Fort Campbell Outdoor Recreation.
The Four Star Awards recognize excellence and community impact by agencies.
Innovative Program:  Hamilton County Parks & Recreation–Enterprise South Nature Parkfor Duck Box Conservation Initiative
Special Event: Gatlinburg Parks & Recreation for Halloween Spooktactular
Public Relations: Hendersonville Parks & Recreation for Hendersonville Stay at Home Jam
Renovated Facility Award (Budget $500,000 or less): Clarksville Parks & Recreation for City of Clarksville's Billy Dunlop Park Pavilion
Renovated Facility Award (Budget Over$500,000):  Chattanooga, Department of Public Works for East Lake Park Water Quality Improvements and Park Renovations
New Facility Award (Budget $500,000 or less):  Greeneville Parks & Recreation for WT Daniels Park
New Facility Award (Budget Over $500,000): Kingsport Parks & Recreation for Miracle Park of Kingsport


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2020 Awards Forms

  Fillable PDF Version Word Version
Four Star Awards Renovated Facility Renovated Facility
  New Facility New Facility
  Innovative Program Innovative Program
  Special Event Special Event
  Public Relations Public Relations
Individual Awards Young Professional Award Young Professional Award
  LifeTime Member Award LifeTime Member Award
  Fellow Award Fellow Award
TRPA Board has voted to not offer Branch and Section Awards this year.  Nor will we be offering the President's Cup for 2020.

Not sure if someone has already received an award?  Check out the past recipients lists below

Past Presidents
Fellow Recipients
Lifetime Members
Young Professionals