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News Release

City of Henderson A 2013 Gold Medal Finalist

July 15, 2013



Henderson, Nev. For the second year in a row, the city of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department has been named a finalist for the prestigious national Gold Medal Award. Administered by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the Gold Medal honors communities across the nation demonstrating excellence in parks and recreation management. Agencies are evaluated on their ability to meet the needs of the people they serve through the collective efforts of staff, elected officials and residents.

Henderson is a finalist in the Class 1 population category, which includes communities with populations of 250,000 or more. Other finalists include Long Beach, California; Plano, Texas; and Maryland National Capital Park Commission. The winner will be announced in October at NRPA’s annual congress, which will be held in Houston, Texas.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized as a finalist for what is known throughout the nation as the highest honor in the field of parks and recreation,” said Mayor Andy Hafen. “We are fortunate to have one of the finest parks and recreation systems in the nation, but we continually strive to improve and find ways to better serve our residents. That is what being a premier community is all about.”

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About the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration: The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a nonprofit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration.

About the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA): NRPA is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives and conservation of natural and cultural resources.

About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with nearly 270,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Noted by President John F. Kennedy as a “city of destiny,” Henderson celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2013, a tribute to the city’s rich history and culture. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY: 2012, 2008, 2006), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), and the Second Safest City in America (Forbes), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.

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