OPRA Awards of Excellence

The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence recognize organizations throughout Ohio that embody the vision, dedication and demonstration of excellence in parks and recreation.  These awards highlight the efforts of those organizations that transcend everyday standards to make a difference and improve the quality of life in our Ohio communities.

Submission Forms are now available! But first, check out the 2020 Awards Brochure to view the categories, find out what information you need to submit, and discover how your department can score a FREE awards submission.

Some helpful hints before you submit!

  • Prepare your narrative before you access the form to submit your award online. Use the handy templates to create your narrative then simply copy and paste it into the online form.  The narrative criteria are taken directly from the judging rubric.
  • Create a folder on your desktop for each award you’re submitting to house any and all supporting documents. Instructions on how to submit supporting documents will be emailed to the nominator no later than 2 business days after the submission is made. Supporting documents must be submitted no later than October 16, 2020.  No exceptions.
  • There is a limit of 12 supporting documents per submission, with at least 6 of the supporting documents being JPEG files. (One document per PDF and one image per JPEG, please no captions, borders, etc.)  Website and video files need to be submitted as a web link at the time of the text submission to be considered and will count toward you total number of supporting documents.  See brochure for complete rules and requirements.
  • If your submission is for a Leadership Award, photographs of the nominee will be collected only after they have been chosen to receive the award.
  • Find out how you are paying for your submission. Each department that purchases a Group Membership Package receives a FREE awards submission.  The discount code for your FREE submission is sent to your director and must be used at checkout.  Other payment methods include Visa/Mastercard/Discover/American Express, purchase order, or bill me.  Cost is $60 per entry for projects; leadership awards are free.

Remember, only projects/programs completed between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 are eligible for submission and are not permitted to be entered two years in a row.  Deadline to make a submission is October 14, 2020.

2020 OPRA Awards Judging | October 29, 2020

Judging for the 2020 OPRA Awards of Excellence will take place on October 29th at 10:00am at the Dublin Community Recreation Center.  Judges must be an active OPRA member.  Registration deadline is October 23, 2020.


Amanda Gehres, (614) 277-3064
Kevin Swanson, (937) 335-6273
OPRA, (614) 895-2222

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