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Gwinnett parks system named finalist for national award

Amy Leiner and Dave Berry, of Dacula, walk on the Karina Miller Nature Preserve Loop, located within Little Mulberry Park in Dacula. (File Photo)

Amy Leiner and Dave Berry, of Dacula, walk on the Karina Miller Nature Preserve Loop, located within Little Mulberry Park in Dacula. (File Photo)

Gwinnett is once again competing for gold for its parks and recreation program.

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation was named a finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the American Academy for Park and Creation Association and National Recreation and Park Association.

The metro Atlanta system, which includes 46 parks and facilities, won the National Gold Medal Award in 2008.

This year, it will complete in Class I with other agencies serving popuations over 400,001. The other finalists include Chicago Park District in Illinois, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Maryland and Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities in Arizona.

“We’ve always known that our park system is top-notch, so it is satisfying to receive affirmation that Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is considered one of the best in the country,” said Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash. “We have a little something for everyone in our system.”

This summer, a panel of five park and recreation professionals will review and judge the finalists, with the winner announced live during the 2014 National Recreation and Park Association C0ngress in Charlotte, North Carolina in October.

“I am proud of the staff and volunteers who work so hard to offer great services to receive this well-deserved recognition and am anxious to learn the final results of the awards competition this fall,” Nash said.