Award-Winning Department

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The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department strives for excellence; working diligently to shine not only locally, but on the national level as well.

The Department is a four-time recipient of the National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, the first in 1974 and consecutively in 2001, 2007 and 2013. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) grant this prestigious award annually and winning departments can apply every six years.

Westerville Parks and Recreation has also been nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) since 2005. Accreditation is based on an agency’s compliance with the 151 rigorous standards and runs on five-year cycle. 

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We're honored to receive accolades throughout the years. These and other national, state and local awards serve as a key indicator that we are continuing to carry out our mission, providing exemplary services to our residents and visitors.

City of Westerville Awards
Department Awards
Facility Awards
Program and Service Awards
  • Broadwayworld.com - Theatre 2016 - Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Eight Awards: Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Director of a Musical, Best Lighting Design, Best Musical, Best Musical Director, Best Scene Design, Best Sound Design); Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Show (Two Awards: Best Director of a Play, Best Leading Actor in a Play)
  • Broadwayworld.com - Theatre 2017 - Annie (Two Awards: Best Musical, Best Choreography); A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play (One Award: Best Play)
  • Broadwayworld.com - Theatre 2018 - Tarzan (All 10 Awards: Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Musical Director, Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Best Lead Actress in a Musical); It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Two Awards: Best Director of a Play, Best Supporting Actress in a Play); Voted Community Theatre of the Year
  • Award of Excellence - Ohio Senior Olympics State Games - Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) 2016
  • Award of Excellence - Health & Wellness Wednesdays - Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) 2014
  • Award of Excellence - Historical and Cultural - Mural on the Path - Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) 2014
  • Award of Excellence - "A City Within A Park" Blog - Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) 2014 
  • Award of Excellence - Historical and Cultural Arts - 2013 Year of the Arts - Westerville Parks & Recreation Department - Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) 2013
  • Award of Excellence - Park Law Enforcement - Live Emergency Action Plan Training - Westerville Parks & Recreation Department - Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) 2012
  • Award of Excellence - Senior and Active Adult Program - Westerville Senior Center “Thanks for the Memories - A USO Tribute Show” - Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) 2011