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NRPA Excellence in Innovative Programming Award
September 2015

The Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation was selected to receive the Excellence in Innovative Programming Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The Docs in the Park Program was one of the programs recognized. The award was presented during a special reception at the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, September 17th. The Division Director, Paul Dial, accepted the award on behalf of the Division of Parks and Recreation and the many volunteers who helped make this program a reality.

The Excellence in Innovative Programming Award recognizes and honors an agency that demonstrates leadership through advanced, groundbreaking ideas in programming. The award highlights the efforts and impact an agency has made in promoting or increasing the awareness of the benefits of parks and recreation in their community. This award recognizes the agency that best demonstrates innovation in at least three of five areas of consideration: arts and humanities, health and wellness, parks and conservation, recreation, and sports and athletics.

The Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation initiated the Docs in the Park program, based on the concept of collaborating with local medical professionals to combat challenges such as nature deficit disorder, obesity, and physical inactivity. The programs purpose is to connect families with healthy resources that parks near their homes provide.

LERN International Award: Excellence in Programming
November 2014

Learning Resources Network (LERN) named Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s programming the best among lifelong learning and continuing education providers. Frederick County Parks and Recreation was selected from more than 140 applicants from across North America.

To address some of the biggest challenges in the community – physical inactivity, obesity and nature deficit disorder – the program partnered with doctors and the health community to encourage health and wellness.

Partnering medical professionals received a toolkit to educate patients and doctors wrote “Parkscriptions” prescribing more involvement with nature, physical activity and better nutrition. Docs in the Park events reached 4,600 participants and enrolled 949 people in the program.

Frederick County Parks and Recreation was honored during the 2014 LERN Annual Conference, Nov. 21-23 in Orlando, FL.

MRPA Innovative Program Award
April 2014