Missouri State Parks has been recognized as one of the best in the nation as a finalist in the 2011 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management program.
"Anyone who uses Missouri state parks and historic sites knows the quality of this system and the service it provides to users," said Governor Jay Nixon. "Now the country is recognizing it as well with the announcement that we are a finalist in this prestigious national program for state park systems."
The National Gold Medal Awards program for state parks is held every other year by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Recreation and Park Association and Musco Lighting, LLC. The Gold Medal Awards honor communities throughout the United States 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.
Other finalists in addition to Missouri are state park systems in Florida, Michigan and North Carolina. The Gold Medal winner will be announced at the National Recreation and Park Association's annual Congress and Exposition on Nov. 1 in Atlanta, Ga.
More information on Missouri State Parks may be found at mostateparks.com.