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The Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association is comprised of professionals in the parks & recreation field dedicated to improving your quality of life! Members of the organization are affiliated with local, county, state and federal agencies and are featured throughout this website in picture collages. For further information, many have provided links to their respective websites on our Member Links page.

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Media/Merit Awards

MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD / CITATION OF MERIT AWARD

The Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association annually recognizes individuals or organizations of our state who meet the criteria established for the Media Excellence and Citation of Merit Awards.  This year the awards were presented at the annual MTRPA conference in Missoula on October 7, 2017.

Award Recipients

CITATION OF MERIT AWARD

Awarded to Bert Lindler in recognition for his Outstanding Community Volunteerism.

CITATION OF MERIT AWARD

Awarded to Kevin Verlanic in recognition for being the Community & Political Advocate.

 

CITATION OF MERIT AWARD

Awarded to Pat Marron with the City of Helena in recognition for Program Innovation

 

 

 

 

2014 Award Recipients

Carmen Winslow Butte Standard

MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD

Presented to Camen Winslow for the Butte Standard

In recognition for her support and coverage of outdoor recreation opportunities and issues important to southwest Montana communities.  Montana Standard’s has made a difference to the quality of life for citizens and visitors to southwest Montana  (Presented by Jocelyn Dodge)

Adventure Camp

CITATION OF MERIT AWARD

Awarded to the City of Billings Parks and Recreation Department For Agency Excellence

In recognition for their Outdoor Adventure Camp Series – Connecting Children with Nature

Outreach

CITATION OF MERIT AWARD

Awarded to the City of Billings Parks and Recreation Department For Agency Excellence

In recognition for the Establishment of a Community Outreach Division

Josh

CITATION OF MERIT AWARD

Presented to Josh Zapata from the Colstrip Park and Recreation District for Program Leadership

In recognition for his 8 years of dedicated service as the State Chairman for the Montana Hershey Track and Field Program
(Presented by Rich Harbin)

Pat DoyleCITATION OF MERIT AWARD

Presented to Pat Doyle from the Helena Tourism Alliance for Citizen Volunteer and Community Advocacy

In recognition for his efforts to promote and support mountain biking opportunities in Helena through Bike Helena
(Presented by Amy Teegarden)

CITATION OF MERIT AWARD

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Presented to Dr. Jenny Montgomery for Citizen Volunteer and Community Advocacy

In recognition for her dedicated efforts to help construct Missoula’s first all inclusive, all ability, poured in place playground – Silver Summit

2013 Award Recipients

MediaMEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD
PRESENTED TO ERIN MADISON AND KRISTEN INBODY OF THE GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE
FOR PUBLISHING PROFILES AND FEATURE STORIES OF EACH STATE PARK – THE PROJECT
WAS CALLED “THE MONTANA STATE PARKS CHALLENGE” AND THEY VISITED 55 PARKS
IN 11 MONTHS
(L-R) (Doug Haberman, Regional Park Manager; Chas Van Genderen, MT State Parks Administrator; Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody, Great Falls Tribune Reporters)


2012 Award Recipients

Lawson
MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD
PRESENTED TO JENN LAWSON OF
MONTANA STATE PARKS
FOR HER OUTSTANDING EFFORT IN MARKETING
MONTANA STATE PARKS


dog park
CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
PRESENTED TO THE FRIENDS OF BILLINGS DOG PARKS
FOR CREATING PARKS WHERE DOGS CAN ROMP AND PLAY!
ACCEPTED BY MARK JARVIS, BILLINGS PARKS PLANNER

BPRL
CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
PRESENTED TO THE CITY OF BILLINGS PARKS, RECREATION & PUBLIC LANDS DEPARTMENT FOR AGENCY EXCELLENCE IN CREATING A CITYWIDE PARKS ASSESSMENT DISTRICT

Lynd
CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
PRESENTED TO RICH LYND
OF HELENA
FOR 29 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO
HELENA CITY PARKS AND THE RECREATION PROFESSION

Harris
CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
PRESENTED TO DALE HARRIS
OF MISSOULA
OUTSTANDING PARKS BOARD MEMBER AND
ADVOCATE FOR MISSOULA CITY PARKS

O'Conner
CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
PRESENTED TO JOHN O’CONNOR
OF MISSOULA
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AND “GET IT DONE”
ADVOCATE FOR MISSOULA CITY PARKS

Joe
CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
PRESENTED TO JOE FEDIN
OF BILLINGS
FOR CREATING AND MAINTAINING THE MRPA WEBSITE

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF PARKS AND RECREATION !

2011 Award Recipients

Simply_Family
MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD
PRESENTED TO KIM NELSON AND JENNY BARRIGER OF
SIMPLY FAMILY MAGAZINE
FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS SUPPORT AND PROMOTION OF RECREATION PROGRAMS, FACILITIES AND EVENTS IN BILLINGS

Doug Wicks Award
CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
PRESENTED TO DOUG WICKS
(L) OF GREAT FALLS
by Giles Salyer, Parks Superintendent,
FOR HIS DEDICATION TO TRAIL DEVELOPMENT

Board
CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
PRESENTED TO THE BILLINGS PARKS, RECREATION AND CEMETERY
BOARD
FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO INITIATE A CITYWIDE PARK DISTRICT
(
L-R MARGY BONNER, DARWIN GEORGE, TODD ROYAL, RICK DEVORE, TOM IVERSON, CATHERINE GROTT  NOT PRESENT: RACHEL COX, GARY GRAY, MARK WAHL )

 

2010 Award Recipients

MHenkel
MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD
AWARDED TO MARK HENKEL POSTHUMOUSLY
BILLINGS GAZETTE OUTDOOR EDITOR
ACCEPTED BY MATT HENKEL, CAROL HENKEL, & DICK WESNICK
PRESENTED BY DOUG HABERMAN, MRPA PRESIDENT

Nuemiller
CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
BILL NEUMILLER, PRESIDENT
COLSTRIP PARKS & RECREATION
DISTRICT BOARD

2009 – No Awards were presented in these categories

2008 Award Recipients

Media          Board Member
MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD                    CITATION OF MERIT AWARD
TOM DICKSON, EDITOR                         BILL NEUMILLER, PRESIDENT
ONTANA OUTDOORS MAGAZINE              COLSTRIP PARKS & RECREATION
DISTRICT BOARD