2019 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  |  Stark County Park District  |  Mindfulness Walk

2nd Place  |  Ohio State Parks & Watercraft  |  Rocky Fork Fishing Pier

3rd Place  |  Metroparks Toledo  |  Beach Ridge Singletrack Trail Experience

Beachwood Recreation Department  |  Barkwood

City of Celina  |  Celina “PRO” Challenger Course

City of Defiance  |  Boardwalk Nature Trail

Fairborn Parks & Recreation  |  Fairborn Central Park NFC Fitness Court

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  William and Gina Garnett Wildflower Overlook

Greene County Parks & Trails  |  Indian Mound Reserve Revitalization

Hilliard Recreation & Parks  |  Hayden Run Village Park

Miamisburg Parks & Recreation  |  Canal Run Dog Park

Mill Creek MetroParks  |  MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course

Oregon Parks and Recreation  |  Orec Fitness & Fun

Steubenville Parks & Recreation  |  Belleview Pool Renovation

Summit Metro Parks  |  Silver Creek Disc Golf Course

Twinsburg Parks & Recreation  |  TFC Training Zone


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

1st Place  |  Gahanna Parks & Recreation  |  Big Walnut Trail #4/McKenna Creek Restoration

2nd Place  |  Geauga Park District  |  Holbrook Hollows

3rd Place  |  Ohio State Parks & Watercraft  |  Catawba Boat Launch Facility

City of Celina  |  A ‘Hat Trick’ in the Park


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

1st Place  |  Ohio State Parks & Watercraft  |  Hocking Hills Visitor Center

2nd Place  |  Oxford Parks & Recreation  |  Oxford Aquatic Center

3rd Place  |  Ohio State Parks & Watercraft  |  Buckeye Lake Multi-Purpose Path

Broadview Heights Parks and Recreation  |  Broadview Heights Community and Recreation Center

Cincinnati Parks  |  Westwood Town Hall

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Hirsch Recreation Center Renovation

Westlake Parks & Recreation Department  |  City of Westlake Aquatic Center & Peterson Pool


Category 4:  Programs – Special Event

1st Place  |  Summit Metro Parks  |  Promises in the Park – A Wedding Event

2nd Place  |  Metroparks Toledo  |  Wintering the Towpath

3rd Place  |  Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation  |  Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival

Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation  |  Athens Lead Her Forward:  Breakfast of Champions

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Career Expo:  A One Stop Employment Shop

Fairfield Parks & Recreation  |  Farmers Market

Greene County Parks & Trails  |  Pumpkin Glow

Miamisburg Parks & Recreation  |  Spring Fest

Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation  |  Heroes and Hooks

Stark County Park District  |  Sippo Lake parkrun

Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation  |  Upper Arlington Centennial Cycle

Vandalia Parks & Recreation  |  All Inclusive Day

Westerville Parks & Recreation  |  Furry Friend Bone-nanza

Whitehall Parks & Recreation  |  Whitehall STEM Outreach and COSI Partnership


Category 5:  Programs – Historical & Cultural Arts

1st Place  |  Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts  |  Bee Ambitious Sidewalk Public Art

2nd Place  |  Miamisburg Parks & Recreation  |  Harmony in the Park

3rd Place  |  Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District  |  Pleasant Hill Lake History

Columbus Recreation and Parks  |  Operation Monarch

Medina County Park District  |  Pioneers in the Park

Whitehall Parks & Recreation  |  Art with the Ashford


Category 6:  Programs – Environmental & Interpretive

1st Place  |  Five Rivers MetroParks  |  Fishing Line Recycling Program

2nd Place  |  Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  Holiday Lights Recycling

3rd Place  |  Summit Metro Parks  |  Summit Lake Nature Club

Darke County Park District  |  Darke County Park District Raptor Education Program

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  Crush It Crusade

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  Electronics Recycling Day

Lorain County Metro Parks  |  Children’s Nature Discovery Trail

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District  |  Osprey Nest Platform Partnership Project

Preservation Parks of Delaware County  |  Creating Natural Moments with Little Adventurers

Westerville Parks & Recreation  |  Hunt Westerville

Whitehall Parks & Recreation  |  Public Engagement and Conservation Campaign


Category 7:  Programs – Health & Wellness

1st Place  |  Five Rivers MetroParks  |  2nd Street Market/Homefull Partnership

2nd Place  |  Miami County Park District  |  Children’s Rx for Nature

3rd Place  |  Metroparks Toledo  |  Metroparks Forest Therapy

City of Dublin  |  MyZone

Summit Metro Parks  |  Outdoor Rx for Seniors


Category 8:  Programs – Sports      

1st Place  |  Middleburg Heights Community Center  |  Warrior Week/Clash of the Heightans

2nd Place  |  Worthington Parks and Recreation  |  Pickleball Finds a Permanent Home in Worthington

3rd Place  |  Columbus Recreation and Parks  |  Cleveland Browns Free Football Clinic

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Soccer for Success – Cincinnati’s Mini Pitches

Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation  |  Northam Park Tennis Program

Whitehall Parks & Recreation  |  Artsy Archery


Category 9:  Programs – Adaptive

1st Place  |  Solon Recreation Department  |  Boxing Buddies – Solon Blue Ribbon Adapted Recreation

2nd Place  |  Summit Metro Parks  |  Autism Friendly Touch-A-Truck

3rd Place  |  Washington Township Recreation Department  |  Sensory-Friendly Performance of Disney Frozen Jr.

Broadview Heights Parks and Recreation  |  Broadview Heights Power Soccer

Centerville-Washington Park District  |  “Capabilities” a Partnership Worth Sharing

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Miracle League Fantasy Camp

Miami County Park District  |  Simple Pleasures for Seniors

Metroparks Toledo  |  All Inclusive Programming at Metroparks


Category 10:  Programs – Recreation

1st Place  |  Sandusky Recreation Department  |  Midtown Supper Club

2nd Place  |  Willoughby Parks & Recreation  |  3rd Annual Willoughby Pumpkin Chunkin

3rd Place  |  Miami County Park District  |  Date Night Series

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District  |  Gran and Me Playdate

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  OTR Career Ambassadors

Greene County Parks & Trails  |  Wiggle Worms at Play

Miamisburg Parks & Recreation  |  Gaming IRL

Westerville Parks & Recreation  |  Extreme Teen Camp

Youngstown Parks and Recreation  |  Community Learn to Swim


Category 11:  Law Enforcement

1st Place  | Metroparks Toledo  |  Ranger Department Pursuit of Excellence


Category 12:  Natural Resources & Conservation

1st Place  |  Five Rivers MetroParks  |  Eastwood MetroPark Tree Sinking

2nd Place  |  Cleveland Metroparks  |  Cuyahoga River Revival through Innovation

3rd Place  |  MetroParks of Butler County  |  Nature Delivered – Elk Creek MetroPark

Columbus Recreation and Parks  |  Whetstone Prairie Restoration

Geauga Park District  |  Griswold Creek Restoration

Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation  |  Sustainable Landscaping & Ecology in Reynoldsburg


Category 13:  Marketing Innovation

1st Place  |  City of Dublin  |  The Dublin Irish Festival App Fueled by EASE Logistics

2nd Place  |  Cincinnati Parks  |  NRPA ‘Game On’ Campaign

3rd Place  |  Summit Metro Parks  |  My SMP Adventure

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  Great Parks Marketing Campaign – “Life Happens at a Great Park”

Greene County Parks & Trails  |  An Eye to the Sky

Grove City Parks and Recreation  |  Grove City Gnome Hunt

Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts  |  A Camp for Every Kid Campaign

Lake Metroparks  |  Webcams:  A Look on the Wild Side

Miami Conservancy District  |  Great Miami Riverway Brochure


Category 14:  Management Innovation

1st Place  |  City of Dublin  |  Aquatics Summer Staff Incentive Program

2nd Place  |  Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Serving Through Licensing

3rd Place  |  Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation  |  AEDs in Our Parks

Cincinnati Recreation Commission  |  Public Library Inside Price Hill Center

Columbus Recreation and Parks  |  Line of Sight Land Plan

Great Parks of Hamilton County  |  Great Parks of Hamilton County Comprehensive Master Plan

Metroparks Toledo  |  Philanthropy and the Metroparks Toledo Foundation

Comments are closed.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This