The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has garnered the 2018 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration
The Gold Medal designation is awarded each year in divisions based on population. This is the second time Bloomington has received the award.
Managing over 2,275 acres featuring 34 parks, 30 miles of trails, and numerous other recreational resources, Bloomington Parks and Recreation also employs nearly a dozen IU School of Public Health alumni among its ranks.
“Our dedicated and talented staff are committed to excellence and to the highest standards of operations,” said Paula McDevitt, Administrator of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, in a statement. “We are especially proud to share this award with the people of Bloomington, whose longstanding support of parks and recreation programs and properties is an instrumental part of our success.
That success has included new additions to programming and facilities such as the completion of Phase 2 of the B-Line Trail and groundbreaking on Switchyard Park, scheduled to open in late 2019.
While we are proud of our alumni, we’re equally excited to be in a city that features a high quality of life that offers faculty, staff, and students access to the best of the best when it comes to parks and recreation. In addition, having such an incredible park system nearby offers our students numerous opportunities for internships and employment, preparing them to do amazing things after graduation.