See more photos of patrons & employees with the medal in the gold medal photo gallery.
See photos of Goldie, the finalist medal, touring Chicago in summer & fall of 2014.

Gold Medal Award

We won the gold!

On October 14, 2014 the Chicago Park District received the 2014 National Gold Medal Award
Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This award is presented by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  

We're all very excited about this accomplishment. 
Read the related press release.

Learn more about this award and the Chicago Park District's application below.

The Gold Medal Tour

The gold medal is hitting the parks!  As we all share in the pride this award brings to our city, we invite all Chicagoans and guests, to come see the medal in person at one of the following parks.  

January 8 - 21, 2015 Jackson Park6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 
January 22 - February 1, 2015Warren Park6601 N. Western Ave.
February 2 - 17, 2015 - Jesse White Park410 W. Chicago Ave. 
February 18 - March 1, 2015Tarkington/Marquette Park3344 West 71st St.  
March 2 - 15, 2015McFetridge Sports Center3843 N. California Ave.  
March 16 - 29, 2015South Shore Cultural Center7059 S. South Shore Dr.
March 30 - April 12, 2015Maggie Daley Park337 E. Randolph St. 
April 13 - 26, 2015Eckhart Park1330 W. Chicago Ave.
April 27 - May 10, 2015Ping Tom Park1700 S. Wentworth Ave.   
May 11 - 24, 2015Indian Boundary Park2500 W. Lunt Ave.   
May 25 - June 7, 2015Riis Park6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 
June 8 - July 5, 2015Washington Park5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. 
July 6 - 19, 2015Garfield Park100 N. Central Park Ave. 
July 20 - August 2, 2015Hamlin Park3035 N. Hoyne Ave.  
August 3 - 16, 2015 Portage Park4100 N. Long Ave.
August 17 - 30, 2015Fosco Park1312 S. Racine Ave.
August 31 - September 13, 2015Humboldt Park1400 N. Sacramento Ave.
September 14 - 27, 2015Harrison Park1824 S. Wood St.  
September 28 - October 11, 2015Peterson Gymnastics Center5801 N. Pulaski Rd.  
October 12 - 25, 2015Morgan Park Ice & Gymnastics Center, 11505 S. Western Ave.
October 26 - November 8, 2015Austin Town Hall5610 W. Lake St.  
November 9 - 22, 2015Hamilton Park513 W. 72nd St.  
November 23 - December 6, 2015Douglas Park1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 
December 7 - 20, 2015Piotrowski Park4247 W. 31st St.
December 21 - 31, 2015 McKinley Park2210 W. Pershing Rd.


The Gold Medal Award and Our Application

Administered by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.  


Applications are separated into seven classes, and the Chicago Park District was one of four finalists in the Class I Category, having a population of 400,001 or more residents. Cities we competed against were Mesa Arizona, Gwinnett County Georgia, and Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Agency. 
A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviewed and judged all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.  
The Gold Medal Award winners were announced during the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, NC, October 14-16.

We are proud to share with our community the agency wide collaboration put forth in developing the Chicago Park District application. Efforts overlapped different departments, and the application is an excellent way to see how our programs and initiatives align with our Strategic Plan.

Below you will find our interactive application that highlights many of the outstanding things happening at your local parks. You will also find supporting documents and links to the NRPA Gold Medal website.