2018 Awards Submissions

OPRA and the Awards Committee Co-Chairs have received numerous requests over the years to have access to the awards submissions after judging has been completed.  Click on the links below to access each submission’s folder to view the submission (files ending in 00), supporting materials, and pictures.

Category 1:  Capital Improvement Projects – Up to $1.0 Million

1st Place – Westerville Parks & Recreation Department  |  Hanby Park

2nd Place – Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks  |  The Glacier Ridge Challenge

3rd Place – Mill Creek MetroParks  |  Wick Recreation Area Dek Hockey Rink

Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization  |  GnomeWood Skills Park and Beginner Trail

Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department  |  Woodside Green Nature Explore & Play

Granville Recreation District  |  Wildwood Playground

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  Lake Isabella Campground

Kent Parks and Recreation  |  Kent Tannery Trailhead & Trail Connector

City of Lebanon  |  Premier Health Atrium Medical Center

Metroparks Toledo  |  FitPark

Metroparks Toledo  |  Granger Island

Metroparks Toledo  |  Secor Metropark Barrier Free Playground

Miami County Park District  |  Dr. Paul & Tanya Kroger Legacy Grove

Mill Creek MetroParks  |  Historical Lanterman’s Mill Waterwheel Replacement

Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation Department  |  Pine Quarry Bridges

Steubenville Parks & Recreation Department  |  Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center Renovation

Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation  |  Centennial Plaza and History Walk

Westerville Parks & Recreation Department  |  “Nature’s First Green” Shelter

Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  City-Wide Playground Replacement


Category 2:  Capital Improvement Projects – $1.0 to $2.5 Million

1st Place – Grove City Parks and Recreation  |  Dream Field Complex at Windsor Park

2nd Place – Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  Whitehall Community Park Revitalization Plan

3rd Place – City of Defiance  |  Defiance Splash Park

Beavercreek Parks, Recreation & Culture  |  Lofino Plaza

Centerville-Washington Park District  |  Forest Field Park Redevelopment

Geauga Park District  |  Claridon Woodlands

Geauga Park District  |  The Maple Highlands Trail, Completed

Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District  |  Lauer Historical Farm

Lake Metroparks  |  Lake Metroparks Painesville Township Park Pier

Lorain County Metro Parks  |  Henry’s Barn at The North Star Preserve

Metroparks Toledo  |  Brookwood


Category 3:  Capital Improvement Projects –$2.5 Million & Up

1st Place –  Metroparks Toledo  |  Howard Marsh Metropark – Phase 1 Construction

2nd Place –  Stark County Park District  |  Stark Parks Wildlife Conservation Center

3rd Place –  MKSK  |  Dorrian Green

Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation Department  |  Athens City Pool

Blue Ash Parks and Recreation and MKSK  |  Summit Park

Lorain County Metro Parks  |  Cascade Park

Woolpert  |  Atwood Lake Park


Category 4:  Programs – Special Event

1st Place –  Worthington Parks and Recreation  |  Key To The City

2nd Place –  Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  #WhitehallWeekend

3rd Place –  Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Project Backboard

Cincinnati Parks  |  The Butterflies of Madagascar “An Island of Rainbows”

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  Milo Grogan’s “So Fresh N’ So Clean” Spring Cleanup

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  DiRECt Block Party Program

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  The Dublin Irish Festival

Metroparks Toledo  |  S’Mores Event

Miamisburg Parks & Recreation  |  Bicentennial Celebration

City of Montgomery  |  Dogfest & K9 Kerplunk

Oxford Parks & Recreation Department  |  Oxford Veterans Celebrations

Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation Department  |  Arbor Day

Sandusky Recreation Department  |  Dragons & Bacon Fest

Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Department  |  Tallmadge Food Truck Festival

Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation  |  Upper Arlington Centennial Celebrations


Category 5:  Programs – Historical & Cultural Arts

1st Place –  Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  “Hairspray” and Empty Bowls Project

2nd Place –  Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department  |  All of Us:  A Life’s Project

3rd Place –  Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  “Sight of Music”

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  1,000 People of Genoa

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  Cultural Arts Center’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  Dublin Senior Players

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  Art in Root

Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts  |  ArtLocal Public Art Program

MetroParks of Butler County  |  Great Miami River First Peoples Celebration

City of Montgomery  |  Lanterns & Landmarks Historic Walking Tour

Westerville Parks & Recreation Department  |  “The American Issue” by Matthew Gray Palmer


Category 6:  Programs – Environmental & Interpretive

1st Place –  Five Rivers MetroParks  |  OutdoorX Waste Free Initiative

2nd Place –  Medina County Park District  |  Putt-ing through the Ages

3rd Place –  Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts  |  Watershed Heroes

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  The Giving Garden

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  Great Parks’ GeoTour

Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District  |  The B.E.E.T.L.E.

Lake Metroparks  |  Lake Metroparks River Jamboree:  Partners in Conservation

Lorain County Metro Parks  |  Grandparents Camp

Metroparks Toledo  |  Blue Week

Preservation Parks of Delaware County  |  Attracting, Engaging and Inspiring Visitors through Annual Thematic Programming

Sandusky County Park District  |  Creek Bend Gifted Project

Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  2018 Nature Programs


Category 7:  Programs – Health & Wellness

1st Place –  Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  FitBiz Corporate Wellness

2nd Place –  Worthington Parks and Recreation  |  Border Battle

3rd Place –  Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  Fitness Resolution Solution

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Healthy Bearcats

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  Fit52

Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department  |  Intro to Medicinal Herbs

Groveport Recreation Department  |  Trail Riders

National Trail Parks and Recreation District  |  Health Nuts Mini Camps

Prairie Township  |  Fit Camp

Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation Department  |  Hilton Head Walking Challenge

Sandusky Recreation Department  |  Pier Pressure


Category 8:  Programs – Sports      

1st Place –  Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  3-on-3 Streetball Tournament

2nd Place –  Westerville Parks & Recreation Department  |  Thomas James Knox Rink

3rd Place –  Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation Department  |  Men’s Basketball

Lake Metroparks  |  Lake Metroparks Archery Facilities and Programs


Category 9:  Programs – Special Populations

1st Place –  Centerville-Washington Park District  |  Adapted Action Day:  Activities for Everyone

2nd Place –  Summit Metro Parks  |  Becoming our Community’s 1st Autism Friendly Site

3rd Place –  Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Adapted PE Mentor Training

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  Inclusive Overnight Campout Adventure

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  Mental & Emotional Health at Camps

Orange Community Education & Recreation  |  Stagecrafters Broadway Buddies:  Adaptive Theatre

Prairie Township  |  Project Search

Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation Department  |  Superhero Flag Football

Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Department  |  Tallmadge Works Collaborative

Westerville Parks & Recreation Department  |  #ALLIN Resource Fair

Willoughby Parks & Recreation  |  Special Needs Swimming


Category 10:  Programs – Recreation

1st Place –  Prairie Township  |  Girls Build

2nd Place –  Metroparks Toledo  |  Tree Climbing

3rd Place –  Westerville Parks & Recreation Department  |  Outdoor Adventure and Skills Camp

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Lego Robotics

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  Homeschool Movement

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  Kids In Dublin Service

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  Women in the Outdoors Series

Miamisburg Parks & Recreation  |  200 Miles for 200 Years

Sandusky Recreation Department  |  Spring Break Camp 2018

Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  Summer Sports Camp

Youngstown Parks and Recreation  |  Summer Programming


Category 11:  Law Enforcement

1st Place –  Lorain County Metro Parks  |  Suicide Prevention:  You Are Not Alone.

2nd Place –  Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  Safe Parks

3rd Place –  Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District  |  MARCS Tower

Miamisburg Parks & Recreation  |  Working with Homeland Security

National Trail Parks and Recreation District  |  Trail Connections:  A Law Enforcement and Trail Wayfinding

Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation Department  |  National Night Out


Category 12:  Natural Resources & Conservation

1st Place –  Summit Metro Parks  |  Growing a Park, Creating Memories in Our Community

2nd Place –  Cincinnati Parks  |  Smale Riverfront Park Combined Sustainability Initiative

3rd Place – Metroparks Toledo  |  Glade Restoration

Miamisburg Parks & Recreation  |  Mound Golf Course Wildflowers

Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  A Meadow in the City


Category 13:  Marketing Innovation

1st Place –  Cleveland Metroparks  |  Time to Explore Campaign

2nd Place –  Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts  |  Chalk It Up To Play

3rd Place –  Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department  |  Shine with Parks & Rec

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks  |  Tim Talks and Life With/Life Without Metro Parks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Campaigns

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  “Get To Know Columbus Recreation and Parks” TV Campaign

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  Tribute to Muhammad Ali Boxing Showcase

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department  |  WinterFest 2017

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  Dublin Irish Festival Broadcast and Digital Spot

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  Integrating an Online Camp Management System

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  Join the Conversation Station

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  “Closer Than You Thank” Campaign

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  “Take It Outdoors” Podcast

Metroparks Toledo  |  Howard Marsh Public Relations

Metroparks Toledo  |  Maumee River Water Trail Story Map

Metroparks Toledo  |  T-Shirt Selfie Challenge

Summit Metro Parks  |  Encouraging Park Visitation with a Viral Video

Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  Grassroots Promotion

Worthington Parks and Recreation  |  Little Gnome Facts About Worthington Parks


Category 14:  Management Innovation

1st Place –  Washington Township Recreation Center  |  Rec West Enrichment Center

2nd Place –  Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts  |  Community That Cares Project

3rd Place –  Whitehall Parks & Recreation Department  |  Park Endowment Fund

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  CRC Goes Mobile

Dublin Parks & Recreation  |  ROCK Star Sticker Incentive Program

Metroparks Toledo  |  Future State – Connecting the Pieces

Prairie Township  |  Leadership Academy

Summit Metro Parks  |  Staff Development on a Shoestring

Willoughby Parks & Recreation  |  Water Adventure Lifeguard Kamp!

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