Evanston has been named one of four finalists for a 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.
The three other towns competing in the 75,000 to 150,000 population category are Arlington Heights, Illinois; Mountain View, California, and Roswell, Georgia.
The award competition is organized by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.
Founded in 1965, the awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition.
Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff, and elected officials.
Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department maintains the city's 3.8 miles of lakefront, 77 parks and seven community centers.