Roswell a finalist for parks and recreation award

Roswell is one of four communities nationwide named a 2016 Gold Medal finalist in parks and recreation management.

The city’s Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department is competing for first place in its size category for the award of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, given in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.

This is the sixth consecutive year Roswell parks has made the final round of the Grand Plaque awards. It will compete this summer, in the Class III category for cities with a population of 75,001 to 150,000, with its counterparts in Allen, Texas; Arlington Heights, Ill., and Mountain View, Calif.

The winner will be announced in October at the NRPA 2016 conference in St. Louis.

The Gold Medal is given a community whose parks program demonstrates excellence “through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition,” according to a Roswell news release.