The IPRA Outstanding Park and Facility Award is presented to public agencies for outstanding and unique achievements in the design and development of new or renovated recreation parks and facilities. Nominations will be accepted August 1 - November 11, 2022.

Outstanding Park and Facility Award Criteria:

  1. Agency must employ a current IPRA Member.

  2. Project must have taken place during the 2021 or 2022 calendar year.

  3. After completing on-line application, nominator must submit supportive documentation by the deadline. Documentation must be in PDF format and limited to 5 pages (maximum 5MB), and it should include the following: 

    A) Budget including architect/engineering fees, construction costs, maintenance /operation expenses
    B) Architectural drawings or site plans

    C) Before and after photos
    D) Promotional materials
         Note: Failure to submit supportive documentation (explained above) by November 11, 2022 
         disqualifies the nomination.

Award Categories

  1. Overall Winner Facility & Park Award - highest percentage of scores (without Division)

  2. Facility Award – new or renovation of a facility for specific use, multiple use or aquatics (1 per Division, if applicable)

  3. Park Award – new or renovation of a park, athletic field complex, playground, trail system, etc. (1 per Division, if applicable)


  1. Agency's operating budget is LESS than $5 million dollars.

  2. Agency's operating budget is $5 million dollars or GREATER.

Selection Process & Timeline:

  1. Upon completion of the application, email confirmation sent to IPRA and nominator.

  2. After November 11th deadline, IPRA sends nominations to the Awards & Recognition Committee for review.

  3. Winners will be communicated back to IPRA first week of December.

  4. IPRA will contact winner's nominator and agency with results the second week of December.

  5. IPRA to present awards to winners at the IPRA Annual Business Meeting at the Soaring to New Heights Conference.