ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Park District is a finalist for the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.
The honor was presented Tuesday to Director Holly Cabel and Superintendent of Parks and Planning Laura Rudow during the National Recreation and Park Association’s annual congress and exposition in Houston.
This is the second consecutive year the park district has been a Gold Medal finalist. It won the award in 1998.
Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.
In the category of park districts serving populations of 25,001 to 50,000 residents, the St. Charles Park District competed against three other finalists: the parks and recreation departments of Doral, Texas; Westerville, Ohio; and Winter Park, Fla.