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Posted on: May 17, 2021

New Braunfels Announced as Finalist for 2021 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Mana

The City of New Braunfels has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

 New Braunfels is one of four finalist cities in the 75,000 to 150,000 population category, which also includes Provo, UT, South Bend, IN, and Waukegan, IL. The National Gold Medal Awards program, which was founded in 1965, 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.


“We are grateful to the committee for recognizing New Braunfels Parks and Recreation as a Gold Medal Finalist,” said New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Director Stacey Dicke. “I am very proud of our team and the great work they do throughout the year to keep our community healthy, playful, and enjoying the outdoors. We are very hopeful to bring the gold back to New Braunfels in September!”


A panel of five highly qualified park and recreation professionals will review and judge the applications from the four finalists. The agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff members and elected officials. This year’s finalists will compete for the Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and seven Grand Plaque recipients will be announced during the 2021 NRPA Conference, which will be held virtually and in person September 21-23 in Nashville, Tennessee. 


“We know local communities, state park systems, and military installations worldwide met the challenge of being responsive to the changing demands of delivering services during the COVID 19 pandemic,” said AAPRA Executive Director Jane H. Adams. “Park visitors and program participants have come to rely upon their service provider for physical, mental, and emotional support during this pandemic.  The Academy congratulates each Finalist for their management excellence during this unprecedented time.” 


For more information on the National Gold Medal Award Program, visit

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