Roswell parks bring home gold medal

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Roswell parks bring home gold medal

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Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department has been honored with a Gold Medal for Excellence by the National Recreation and Parks Association. AJC file

Roswell is the first city in Georgia to be awarded a Gold Medal for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management from the National Recreation and Parks Association.

The award in the Class III category for cities with populations of 75,001 to 150,000, as announced Sept. 26 at the NRPA conference in New Orleans. Roswell previously had been a Gold Medal finalists for seven consecutive years.

Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department maintains more than 900 acres of parkland, 22 parks, hundreds of classes, programs, camps and special events, and the “Southern Trilogy” Historic House Museums (Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation).

Gwinnett County is a prior gold medal winner, but Roswell is the first municipality in Georgia to be honored. This year’s finalists beside Roswell were Arlington Heights and Evanston, Ill., outside Chicago, and Mountain View, Calif., near San Francisco.

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