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The Parks Department has been honored with numerous awards, including the 2009 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

 

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 |2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

 

2014 Awards

  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee 2014: Best Urban Bike Trail – Oak Leaf Trail
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee 2014: Best Public Park – Estabrook Park
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee 2014: Best Place for Skating – Red Arrow Park's "Slice of Ice"
  • Public Policy Forum Award: "Private-Public Cooperation"
    (Milwaukee County and Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool)
  • LISC Milwaukee, MANDI Finalist - Journey House Packers Football Stadium at Mitchell Park

 

 

2013 Awards

  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee 2013: Best Urban Bike Trail – Oak Leaf Trail
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee 2013: Best Public Park – Lake Park
  • Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission "2012 Cream of the Cream City Preservation Award" - South Lion Bridge, Lake Park
  • LISC Milwaukee, MANDI Award - 2013 Brewer's Community Foundation Public Space

 

 

2012 Awards

  • Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation "Bright Ideas in Government" - Summer Youth Employment Program
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee 2012: Best Farmers Market – South Shore Farmers Market
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee 2012: Best Urban Bike Trail – Oak Leaf Trail
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee 2012: Best Place for Skating – Red Arrow Park's "Slice of Ice"
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee 2012: Best Public Park – Lake Park
  • Virginia M. Kline Award for Excellence in Community-Based Restoration - Natural Areas Program 
  • Rain Bird $10,000 Intelligent Use of Water Award - Boerner Botanical Gardens
  • PGA Horton Smith Award - Bob Neumann
  • USPS "Women Putting their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee" - Education Award - Paula Zamiatowski

 

2011 Awards

  • WPRA Outstanding Aquatic Facility Award – Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park
  • Public Policy Forum Leader of the Future Award – Guy Smith
  • University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Community Engagement – Brian Russart
  • Wisconsin Clean Marina Certification - McKinley Marina
  • The Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species – "Invader Crusader" Award for outstanding achievement and commitment in the ongoing efforts against invasive species in Wisconsin

 

2010 Awards

  • American Society of Civil Engineers Engineering Achievement Award - Rehabilitation of the North Lion Bridge in Lake Park
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Historic Restoration Award - Rehabilitation of the North Lion Bridge in Lake Park
  • NRPA Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award – Guy Smith
  • Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin - “Feddy” Award for Best Enhancement to a Trail System (Mountain Bike)
  • LISC Milwaukee, MANDI Award – State Farm Insurance Building Blocks Award – David F. Schulz Aquatic Center
  • Mayor's Design Award – Alice's Garden in Johnsons Park
  • Mayor's Design Award – Milwaukee Community Sailing Center in McKinley Park
  • Mayor's Design Award – Bradford Beach Improvements
  • Public Policy Forum Honorable Mention – Innovative Approach to the Economic Downturn – Stay Local, Play Local 

 

2009 Awards

  • AAPRA/NRPA Gold Medal Grand Plaque Award Winner – Class I
  • AAPRA/NRPA Excellence in Park & Recreation Management Gold Medal Finalist
  • NRPA KUDOS Marketing, Communications, Media Excellence Award
  • The Daily Reporter & Wisconsin Builder 2009 Top Projects – North Lion Bridge in Lake Park
  • National Association of Counties Achievement Award – Park Ranger Initiative
  • WPRA Outstanding Aquatic Facility – David F. Schulz Aquatic Center
  • WPRA Park Facility Design Award of Excellence – Domes Lobby and Light Show
  • WPRA IMPACT Contributor of the Year – Laura Schloesser
  • WPRA Partnership Award – Johnson Controls, Milwaukee Conservation Corps
  • Public Policy Forum – Public/Private Cooperation Award – Bradford Beach
  • Clean Beaches Council Blue Wave Certification – Bradford Beach
  • U.S. Dept. of the Interior National Recreation Trail Designation – Kohl Park
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin Engineering Excellence Best of State Award – Milwaukee County for Bradford Beach Storm Water Controls
  • American Public Works Association for Public Works Project of the Year – Bradford Beach Stormwater Treatment Project
  • Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education “Non-Formal Educator of the Year Award” – Wehr Nature Center Naturalist Bev Bryant
  • Mayor's Design Award, Cream of the Cream City - North Lion Bridge Restoration
  • Mayor's Design Award, It's All in the Details - Domes Renaissance Lighting
  • Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Ideal Award – Wehr Nature Center
  • Milwaukee County Historical Landmark Designation – Sheridan Park
  • State of Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species Invader Crusader Award – Brian Russart, Ramsey Radakovich, and Mark Verhagen
  • Wisconsin Wetlands Association Wisconsin Wetland Gems Recognition – Warnimont Fens and Root River Riverine Forest
  • Milwaukee County D.R.E.A.M Diversity Award

 

2008 Awards

  • WPRA Silver Star Award – Community Building Through Tennis
  • WPRA Silver Star Award – Summer Youth Employment Partnership
  • WPRA Facility Design Award of Excellence – Dineen Park Splash Pad
  • WPRA Outstanding Aquatic Facility Award – Bradford Beach
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee Award – Lake Park Bistro
  • American Public Works Association, Wisconsin Chapter Historic Preservation Project of the Year (under $2 million)
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – North Point Lighthouse
  • Milwaukee Magazine Award – Lake Park
  • Landmark Designation – South Shore Park Pavilion
  • National Superintendent of the Year Finalist – Brian Zimmerman
  • Milwaukee Business Journal #12 of Top Milwaukee-area Special Attractions – Mitchell Park Domes
  • First Place Orchid Display and Best in Class Awards – Illinois Orchid Society
  • First Place Orchid Display and Best in Class Awards – Madison WI Orchid Quest Show
  • National Association for Interpretation, Outstanding New Interpreter Award – Paula Zamiatowski – Wehr Nature Center
  • CYD Award for Excellence in Community Service, Love of Youth and Practicing “Love in Action”

 

2007 Awards

  • VISIT Milwaukee’s Lamplighter Award
  • The Daily Reporter & Wisconsin Builder 2007 Top Projects – North Point Light Station
  • WPRA Young Professional of the Year Award – Guy Smith
  • WPRA Facility Design Award of Excellence – Wehr Nature Center Boardwalk
  • WPRA Area Use Award of Excellence – East Bank Trail
  • WPRA Silver Star Award – Youth Programs, Age 0-4, "Earth Roots," Wehr Nature Center
  • WPRA Silver Star Award – Youth Programs, Age 5-12, Urban Ecology Center, Washington Park
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – North Point Lighthouse
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee Award – Runway Dog Exercise Area
  • Shepherd Express, Best of Milwaukee Award – Oak Leaf Trail
  • U.S. Dept. of the Interior National Recreation Trail Designation – East Bank Trail

 

2006 Awards

  • WPRA Facility Design Award of Excellence – Brady Street Bridge
  • WPRA Silver Star Award – Summer’s Best Concert Series
  • WPRA Outstanding Aquatic Program Award – Doggie Dip
  • Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education “Non-Formal Educator of the Year Award” – Wehr Nature Center Naturalist Karen Kerans
  • National Recreation Trail Designation – Jacobus Park
  • U.S. Dept. of the Interior National Recreation Trail Designation – Urban Water Trail
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – Lincoln Creek Flood Management & Rehabilitation Project
  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award – Little Menomonee River Restoration Project
  • National Recreation Trail Designation – Urban Water Trail
  • National Recreation Trail Designation – Jacobus Park Nature Trail

 

2005 Awards

  • National Association of Interpreters, Master Interpretive Manager Award – Wehr Nature Center Director, Deb McRae
  • National Recreation Trail Designation – Seven Bridges

 

2004 Awards

  • WPRA Facility Design Award – Gordon Park Revitalization
  • WPRA Facility Design Award – McKinley Marina Restrooms and Overlook
  • Mayor's Urban Design Award - Urban Ecology Center
  • Feinstone National Environmental Award for Education ExcellenceWehr Nature Center

 

2003 Awards

  • AHS Display Garden – Boerner Botanical Gardens
  • IABC Bronze Quill Award of Merit for Professional Achievement in Communications – Marie Kerznar

 



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