Awards
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The County’s vast Parks and Recreation system holds the national CAPRA accreditation, making San Diego County one of only two in California, and of just 13 counties in the U.S. with this esteemed stamp of excellence.

The evaluation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) measures an agency’s facilities, management, and benefit to the public with 144 benchmarks of quality. Accreditation is a two-year undertaking that requires County Parks’ leaders and staff to conduct an extensive self-assessment and demonstrate best practices in all aspects of the department, with 151 indicators of success. 

The County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation is an award-winning agency and has been a recipient of numerous local, regional, and national awards. Below is a list of some of the department’s more notable accomplishments.  

 

2016

Awarded By: Award Category: Project:
National Recreation and Park Association Kudos Marketing Award 2015/2016 Brand Campaign
California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) Award of Excellence Marketing Strategy and Brand
California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS)
Community Champion Award Supervisor Ron Roberts for supporting Waterfront Park

2015

Awarded By: Award Category: Project:
American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administration Administration Professional  Brian Albright
SDX Emerging Brand of the Year Parks and Recreation-The Upside of Outside
36th Annual Telly Awards International Telly Award "We Are County Parks" brand video
California Counties Architect and Engineers Association (CCAEA)  People’s Choice Award   Waterfront Park
Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Awards Go Camping
Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Awards Brilliance in Nature- Brides 
Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Awards Waterfront Park Live Concert 
National Association of Counties (NACO) Arts and Culture Live Oak Park Amphitheater 
National Association of Counties (NACO)   Achievement in Parks and Recreation Waterfront Park
National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) Park and Recreation Facility Waterfront Park
Public Relations Society of America  Silver Bernays Award Innovative Strategic Marketing Campaign
San Diego Taxpayers Association Visionary Leadership Award 2015  Waterfront Park

2014

Awarded By: Award Category: Project:
American Public Works Association San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter  Outstanding Project  Waterfront Park
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)  San Diego Project of the Year  Waterfront Park
California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) Best New Park Waterfront Park
California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) Park Planning and Design Waterfront Park
California Senate Outstanding Community Service Lakeside- Its How We Live
Downtown San Diego Partnership  Alonzo Award- Visionary Leadership   Waterfront Park
Engineering News Record (ENR)  California –Regional Best Project   Waterfront Park
Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Awards Go Camping
Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Awards Waterfront Park Opening
Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Awards Los Penasquitos Garden Fair
Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Awards Embrace the Outdoors
National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) Park and Recreation Program Healthy Edge Active Living Report Card

2013

Awarded By: Award Category: Project:
California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) Creating Community Otay Valley Regional Park and Community Trails System
California Senate Governors Historic Preservation Award Bancroft Rock House

2012

Awarded By: Award Category: Project:
Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Environmental Merit Furby-North Property Biological Diversity Baseline Report
California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) Park and Recreation Facility Collier Park Soccer Arena
California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) Award of Excellence Marketing and Communication PSA
California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Challenge Award Parks and Recreation Volunteer Program
National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) Removing Barriers Dos Picos ADA Accessible Cabins
National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) Park and Recreation Program Movies in the Park
National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Barb King Environmental Stewardship Environmental Agency of Year

2011

Awarded By: Award Category: Project:
California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) Park Planning and Design - Neighborhood Park Clemmens Lane Park
National Association of Counties (NACO) Park and Recreation Program Energy Savings Adventure
National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) Park and Recreation Facility Sweetwater Campground
National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) Environmental/Conservation Award  Water Conservation
National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) Historical/Cultural Facility Bancroft Rock House
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