In less than three years, Arizona State Parks & Trails has transformed into a self-sustaining Enterprise Business with record attendance and revenue. Arizona State Parks & Trails is proud to have been selected one of the Final Four states in the country to compete for this honor.
The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices.
The Gold Medal Award Program includes seven classes: five classes based upon population, one class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems in odd numbered years. At the beginning of each calendar year, agencies are invited to submit applications for consideration, with a deadline of mid-March. Finalists were announced at the end of April, and the Grand Award recipients will be announced at the NRPA Annual Conference on September 28 in New Orleans, LA.
A panel of five park and recreation professionals will review and judge all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both local and national levels.
Arizona State Parks & Trails submission to the National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA) 2017 Gold Medal awards, representing one of the four "Best Managed State Park Systems" in the country.
o No General Fund - Parks uses "Enterprise Business" model to run at the speed of business
o Havasu Riviera State Park - Our newest park along Arizona's "West Coast", located along the crystal blue waters of the Colorado River & Lake Havasu will offer a variety of expanded recreational activities for visitors.
o Rockin' River Ranch State Park - Situated in Camp Verde, on 209-acres along the Verde River in central Arizona, this park will offer campers, hikers and equestrian enthusiasts a wonderland of amenities.
o Arizona State Parks & Trails - Selected to host 2018 National State Parks Directors Conference (NASPD)