Township of Westfield, NJ

Somerset County Park System

Awards Program

The purpose of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Associations Awards Program is to honor and identify dedicated leaders, employees, and volunteers in the field of Parks and Recreation, and to recognize the State’s outstanding Recreation and Park agencies for excellence in programming, publicity and facility design. The goal of the Awards Program is to focus state-wide attention on the achievement of Park and Recreation agencies, to recognize the continuing efforts of staff and volunteers, and to acknowledge support extended by member agencies.

The NJRPA Awards Committee’s task is to serve as an impartial unit selecting those nominees who have made the greatest contribution in each award category. Highlighted at the Awards Dinner at the NJRPA Annual Conference, recognition with an NJRPA award is considered the pinnacle of agency and career success.

See the 2019-2020 Awards Winners & Pictures HERE!

Award Categories

Excellence in Design Awards

Presented for excellence in design of completed Recreation and Park facilities intended for public use in the following categories:

Aquatics Facilities

Athletic Facilities

Multi-Use Facilities


Special Use/Other

Individual Awards

Fay S. Mathewson Award –Friend of Recreation, Parks & Conservation

Public Service Award

Employee of the Year

William D. Foelsch Rising Professional of the Year

Gregory T. Marshall Environmental Steward Award

Association Service Award

Professional of the Year

Michael B. Berman Award for Administrative Excellence

Frederick C. Sutro Lifetime Achievement Award

Excellence in Programming Awards

Daniel M. Gasalberti Recreation Programming Award

Jacquie Stanley Excellence in Therapeutic Programming Award

Visual & Cultural Arts Programming Award

Special Events Programming Award

Health and Wellness Programming Award

Educational & Interpretive Programming Award

Agency Showcase Awards

The Agency Showcase Awards recognize outstanding marketing campaigns and promotional materials which encourage participation in recreation activities or promote health and wellness programs.

Activity, Facility or Agency Brochure, Print or Electronic

Activity, Facility or Agency Newsletter, Print or Electronic

Activity or Event Flyer or Poster

Digital Media Promotion (Website/Video/Social Media)

Event, Facility or Agency Marketing Campaign

A presentation of past Awards winners 

Awards Program 2017-2018

Awards Program 2016-2017

Awards Program 2015-2016

All Time Awards Winner Lists

Agency Awards Winners

Individual Awards Winners

New Jersey Recreation & Park Association |  1 Wheeler Way  Princeton, NJ 08540

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