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Facility Excellence Award

This award recognizes significant new projects, major renovations, or long-term performance as a flagship of recreation. Any facility from any area of recreation, from trails to aquatic centers, is eligible. Created in 2010 for the 2009 year. The Awards Committee will select the facility or facilities that most reflect positive changes.
  • The renovations or improvements must have taken place during the calendar year of the award. (Ex: in 2012, nominators will be selecting facilities which were improved before January 1, 2012, to align with the other awards achievements made in 2011.
  • A written description shall include: the facility’s main uses before and after; the funding of the improvements; how ADA was a factor; all partners;
  • Support materials will be considered: Press coverage documenting previous conditions, changes requested, grand openings, or other; Statistical data demonstrating improved attendance, lower utility costs or similar; Formal acknowledgement from local municipalities, Boroughs, state or Federal recognition, proclamations or other.
Nominate an ARPA Member for this Award

2022       Fairview Recreation Center Inclusive Indoor Playground
2021       Birch Hill Recreation Area
2020       Skeetawk Ski Area - Hatcher Pass
2019       City of Valdez Swimming Pool - Valdez Parks & Recreation
2018       Jim Creek Parcel Maintenance Shop & Campground Matanuska-Susitna Borough
2018       Sitka Crescent Harbor Community Playground City of Sitka Parks & Recreation
2017       Pioneer Park Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation
2016       Aquatic Center City of Unalaska Parks, Culture & Recreation
2016       Jim Creek ATV Trails Matanuska Susitna Borough Parks & Recreation
2015       Outlook Park Petersburg Parks & Recreation
2014       Soldotna Creek Park Soldotna Parks & Recreation
2014       Tanana Lakes Recreation Area Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation
2013       Nikiski Community Playground North Peninsula Recreation Service Area
2013       Government Peak Recreation Chalet Matanuska-Susitna Borough
2012       1st Lake Historical Park Mark Stauble, City of Seward Parks & Recreation Operations Supervisor
2011       Karen Hornaday Park Homer Parks & Recreation
2009       Zach Gordon Youth Center City & Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation