The Baton Rouge Recreation and Parks Commission is a finalist for this year’s National Gold Medal Awards from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association.

The awards recognize excellence in park and recreation and management. Though BREC has been a finalist for the gold medal award 12 times, it has not won the award since 1991. BREC also won the top title in 1975.

BREC is one of four finalists in its category, which is the largest. It will compete for the top prize against the parks systems in Cleveland, Ohio; Shawnee Mission, Kansas; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“From the construction of new facilities and park amenities to innovative programs and events that bring the community together, BREC is working around the clock to help make this community a better place to live work and play,” BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight said in a news release about BREC again being named a finalist.

The winners will be announced in the fall.

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