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.


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

Playgrounds

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


Award Applications

Excellence in Design Awards

Applications for the Excellence in Design Awards are now being accepted.  The deadline for submission is Friday, September 14, 2018.  If your agency has completed construction on a recreational facility in the past three years, please consider submitting it for an Excellence in Design Award. Please complete the application and mail it to Awards Committee, NJRPA, 1 Wheeler Way, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Publicity, Program and Individual Awards

Applications for the Publicity, Program and Individual Awards will be available in September. Please check back!

A presentation of past Awards winners 

Awards Program 2017-2018

Awards Program 2016-2017

Awards Program 2015-2016

New Jersey Recreation & Park Association |  1 Wheeler Way  Princeton, NJ 08549 

Phone: 609-356-0480 | Fax: 609-356-0475 | Email: info@njrpa.org

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