Metroparks Toledo wins national award

Staff Report

Metroparks Toledo is the recipient of the National Gold Medal Award for excellence in parks and recreation management, the most prestigious honor in the parks and recreation industry.

Metroparks was awarded the Grand Plaque during a livestreamed presentation by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.

“It says a lot about our community that it has supported the top park system in the country,” said Dave Zenk, executive director. “We are shattering negative stereotypes about the ‘Rust Belt’ as people around the country learn about our incomparable quality of life. On behalf of our board, I want to thank our talented team for its dedication to achieving the highest level of professional standards.”

Metroparks was among 20 park and recreation agencies and four military installations across the U.S. and in Germany to receive this year’s National Gold Medal Award Program Finalist Award. The other finalists in the large district category for agencies serving populations of more than 400,000 were Dallas Parks and Recreation, East Baton Rouge Recreation & Park Commission and Mesa Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities.

Staff Report