Awards of Excellence

2017 Awards of Excellence Winners

President's Award

Dan McGuire
Valparaiso Parks & Recreation

Will Lacey
Danville Parks & Recreation

Leadership Awards

Distinguished Life Member
Steven Smidley
Indiana State University

Outstanding Agency
Indy Parks

Outstanding Professional
Don Colvin
Indy Parks

Exceptional Young Professional
Brian Main
Bremen Parks & Recreation

Corporate Partner of the Year
CFC, Inc.

Elected Official of the Year
John Wicker
Bluffton City Councilman

Distinguished Citizen
Diana and Hall Virgil

Project & Program Awards

Clark Ketchum Conservation Award
Goat Farm
Bloomington Parks and Recreation

Excellence in Resource Improvement
Deer Management Program
Indy Parks

Inclusion Program of Excellence
Access & Equity Analysis
South Bend Venues Parks & Arts

Innovative Community Service Program
Food Service Program
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Innovative Program
Unwind Your Mind
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Creative Event
Best. Week. Ever.
South Bend Venues Parks & Arts

Exceptional Park Design
Griffin Bike Park
Vigo County Parks

Exceptional Facility Design
New Haven Community Center
New Haven-Adams Parks

Excellence in Landscape Design
Historical Bridge Project
Hamilton County Parks

For Projects Completed August 1, 2016 – August 1, 2017

The Indiana Park & Recreation Association Annual Awards of Excellence recognizes agencies throughout Indiana that embody the vision, dedication and excellence in parks and recreation. These awards highlight the efforts that transcend everyday standards to make a difference and improve the quality of life in our Indiana communities. IPRA award winners include park and recreation professionals, organizations, agencies and volunteers.

Click here to view the criteria and guidelines for each award.