The National Recreation and Park Association named the city of Mountain View’s Community Services Department a finalist for a National Gold Medal Award for the second consecutive year.
“We are very excited and humbled by the recognition as a finalist member for the National Recreation and Park Association’s Gold Medal Award,” said J.P. de la Montaigne, the city’s community services director.
The award aims to honor communities throughout the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation.
Mountain View is among the four finalists in the third class (of seven), which includes cities with populations of 75,001 to 150,000.
The NRPA is scheduled to reveal the winner in late September at its annual conference. Mountain View was a runner-up last year.
A panel of five park and recreation professionals judge applicants on their ability to uphold the NRPA’s three pillars: conservation, health and wellness, and social equity.
According to its application, the Mountain View Community Services Department upheld each of the pillars in several ways. The department:
• Emphasized conservation through the Burrowing Owl Preservation plan, the installation of solar panels and the preservation of habitats on the Permanente Creek Trail.
• Prioritized health and wellness through increased walkability by the expansion of the trail system, senior nutrition program and Splash into Summer, which offers free swim lessons to at-risk youth.
• Promoted social equity by granting scholarships to more than 900 families and providing more than 11,300 meals through the Seamless Summer Meals and Beyond the Bell programs.
“Mountain View’s Community Services Department prides itself on being inclusive and providing Mountain View’s diverse community with every opportunity to access parks and recreations,” Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg said in a video created to qualify for the award.
To watch the video, visit mountainview.gov/depts/cs/parks/parksandopenspace.asp.
For more information on the NRPA, visit nrpa.org.