Honor Someone From Your Agency or Your Community for Their Efforts to Support Recreation and Parks in Kansas
Are you aware of someone within your agency, a board member, a volunteer, a legislator, organization or local leader who has made a meaningful difference in helping your agency achieve success? Please take this opportunity to pay tribute and honor individuals who are important to your success stories by nominating them to be honored at the KRPA Awards of Excellence Lunch during the annual KRPA Conference and Trade Show.
Annual Award are available below.
Branch Award are here.
Contact the KRPA Office with questions.
Hall of Fame
Nominations for the KRPA Hall of Fame shall come from the general membership. Requirements: A parks and recreation professional who committed a lengthy time of service to the field of parks and recreation in Kansas. Must be retired from the profession at least (2) years. Candidates must be a past member of KRPA. Professional nominees are preferred to have had professional certification but not required.
Hall of Fame selections are made by the KRPA Executive Committee
Hall of Fame Nomination Form
2014 Inductee - Susan Hayden, Merriam Parks and Recreation
Distinguished Fellow Award
A professional KRPA member who has 10 or more years of service in the recreation and park field and who has been responsible for outstanding and innovative recreation and/or park programming or service to the professional on a local and state or national level. This award may be given posthumously.
Distinguished Fellow Nomination Form
2016 Winner - Paul Lewis, Dodge City
Distinguished Professional Award
A professional KRPA member who has rendered outstanding service to the organization and the profession. This award shall be limited to those persons having served a minimum of five years as a full-time employee in the recreation and park field.
Distinguished Professional Nomination Form
2016 Winner - Randy Luebbe, Shawnee County Park and Recreation
Distinguished New Professional Award
A KRPA member who has rendered outstanding service to any phase of the recreation and park profession on a local, state, or national level. This award shall be limited to those persons having served at least one year but not more than five years as a full-time employee in the recreation and park field.
Distinguished New Professional Nomination Form
2016 Winner - Gayle Sigurdson, Lawrence Park and Recreation
Distinguished Board or Commission Member Award
An appointed board or commission member who has served at least one complete term of office and who has rendered distinguished service to any phase of the recreation and park movement at a local, state or national level.
Distinguished Board or Commission Member Nomination Form
2016 Winner - Janet Miller, CIty of Wichita
Distinguished Volunteer Award
A person who volunteers time and receives limited remuneration for their services to the recreation, park or conservation movement and who has rendered distinguished service to the organization and their profession.
Distinguished Volunteer Nomination Form
2016 Winners- Chad Pape, Manhattan Park and Recreation (Left Picture)
Sid Kanter, Blue Valley Recreation Commission (Right Picture)
Distinguished Service Award
Any full-time, non-professional employee with the recreation and park field who has rendered outstanding service. Recipients need not be KRPA members and it is the intent of this award to recognize dedicated employees in such areas as maintenance, clerical and other support-type positions. This award shall be limited to those persons having served a minimum of two years as a full-time employee in the recreation and park field.
Distinguished Service Nomination Form
2016 - David Mootz, Johnson County Park and Recreation District
2016 - Jan Long, Wichita Park and Recreation
Distinguished Public Service Award
An organization which has provided outstanding service to the recreation, park and conservation movement at the local, state or national level. An organization is defined to include civic and fraternal groups as well as businesses, corporations, and other organizations not directly associated with the recreation and park profession. This definition does not exclude businesses dealing in services or products, which are recreation and park oriented.
Distinguished Public Service Nomination Form
2016 - Bike Walk Wichita
2016 - Boys & Girls Club of Topeka
Distinguished Elected Official Award
An elected official at any government level, including local, state or federal, who has served at least one complete term of office and who has rendered service to any phase of the recreation and park movement at a local, state and/or national level.
Distinguished Elected Official Nomination Form2016 - Shelly Buhler, Shawnee County Board of Commissioners
2016 - Lavonta Williams, City of Wichita