The Community Recreation Division of the Fort Drum Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation was recognized by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration as a 2022 National Gold Medal Award Finalist for Park and Recreation Management. (Photo by Mike Strasser, Fort Drum Garrison Public Affairs)
The Community Recreation Division of the Fort Drum Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation was recognized by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration as a 2022 National Gold Medal Award Finalist for Park and Recreation Management. (Graphic by Mike Strasser, Fort Drum Garrison Public Affairs)
Rebecca Morgia, director of the Fort Drum Community Recreation Division, accepts the 2022 National Gold Medal Award for Parks and Recreation Management from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration during an awards ceremony September 19 in Phoenix, Arizona. Fort Drum was one of four finalists in the Armed Forces category. (Photo courtesy)
FORT DRUM, NY (September 29, 2022) – The Community Recreation Division of the Fort Drum Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation was named a finalist for the 2022 National Gold Medal Award for Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation recognized recreation administration.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference September 20-22 in Phoenix.
The National Gold Medal Award annually honors public parks and recreation agencies and state park systems across the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-term planning, resource management and innovative approaches to services while incorporating sound business practices.
“This award demonstrates to the Fort Drum community and our customers that we are committed to providing them with world-class programs, activities and facilities based on a global standard,” said Charlie Rhode, coordinator of the Fort Drum Community Recreation Division. “It also showcases the accomplishments, hard work and success of our entire team and the outstanding strides they have made in delivering quality recreational programs to Fort Drum.”
A category for Armed Forces was created in 2012 and this was the first time Fort Drum had applied for the award. They joined another Army installation and two Navy bases as the top four finalists among FMWR programs worldwide.
“We were fortunate to be nominated as a finalist, which is not an easy task for first-time applicants,” said Rhode. “Many organizations must apply for several years each year before becoming a finalist or receiving the Grand Plaque Award.”
The Fort Drum Community Recreation Division includes a variety of on-site programs including Outdoor Recreation and the Recreational Shooting Range; the Robert C. McEwen Library; Remington Park and Leisure Accommodation; Better odds for individual soldiers; Automotive Skills Center; Sports, Fitness and Water Sports (SFA) and the three fitness facilities.
CRD staff hosts a variety of special events throughout the year – from fun runs, folk marches, hiking trips and fitness competitions to life skills classes for lone soldiers and book readings and bicycle rodeos for children.
According to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, applying for the gold medal challenges agencies to identify what they do well in managing their agency and why this is considered the agency’s most outstanding achievement. Applicants must also highlight the activities undertaken, both internally and externally, to engage with the community they serve, giving examples of the results achieved and examples of innovation and creativity.
Candidates must also address the issues of public access, community health and well-being, and climate-friendly parks. Finally, it asks the agencies to share any challenges they have faced over the past three years, how they have addressed the challenges and what results have been achieved.
For more information on Fort Drum FMWR, visit https://drum.armymwr.com and follow www.facebook.com/DrumFMWR.