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OC Parks Awards and Accolades

2024

American Red Cross Southern California Region

Orange County Heroes Award, First Responder Heroes | OC Parks park rangers Ankerstar, Estrada and Matchett  

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

EPIC Award, Video Production - Marketing Series In-House | Parks with Purpose

California Parks & Recreation Society District 10

Parks Make Life Better Award  | OC Zoo 

2023

Orange County Business Council

Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Award - Sustainable and Green Development  | Capistrano County Beach and Doheny State Beach Sand Replenishment Project

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Silver Circle Award, Best Use of Social Media - Campaign (Pop. 300,000 and up)  | OC Zoo Large Mammal Exhibit
Award of Excellence, Video - Promotional Video (Pop. 400,000 and Up) | Irvine Regional Park 125th Anniversary Video 

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Parks and Recreation Award | OC Zoo Large Mammal Exhibit 

2022

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Orange County

Outstanding Small Project Award | William R. Mason Regional Park Entry Driveway and Roadway Improvements
Outstanding Structural Engineering Project Award | Poche Beach Walkway Replacement Project

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

EPIC Award, Social Media Campaign | OC Parks Virtual Content
Award of Distinction, Special or Community Event - Recurring | OC Parks Drive-In Movie Series

California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP)

2022 Governor's Historic Preservation Award | Old Orange County Courthouse Rehabilitation Project

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Parks and Recreation Award | Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Visitor Center 
Parks and Recreation Award | Parks Wildland Fire Resource Advisor Program

2021

California Preservation Foundation (CPF)

Preservation Design Award for Preservation or Restoration | Old Orange County Courthouse Rehabilitation

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Silver Circle Award, Special Events - Recurring Event | OC Parks Drive-In Movies
Silver Circle Award, Social Media - Best Use of Facebook (Pop. 72,000 and Up) | OC Parks Virtual Programming

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Parks and Recreation Award | Digital Content
Parks and Recreation Award | Zoo Entry Project

2019

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Human Services Award | OC Parks Silent Night

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Removing Barriers Initiative Award | Silent Night Program at Heritage Hill Historical Park

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Silver Circle Award, Special Event - One-Time Event | Silent Night Program at Heritage Hill Historical Park
Award of Excellence, Promotional Video | "Preparing for a Day in OC Parks"

2018

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Silver Circle Award, Recurring Event | 2017 Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights
Silver Circle Award, Promotional Item | 2017 Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights Superhero Capes
Award of Excellence, Promotional Item | OC Parks Bike Bells

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Environmental Conservation Award | Wagon Wheel Creek Restoration Program

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Los Angeles 

Best Flood Management Project of the Year | Wagon Wheel Creek Restoration Program

2017

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Orange County

Best Flood Management Project of the Year | Wagon Wheel Creek Restoration Program

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Award of Excellence, Marketing and Tools - Marketing Event | OC Parks 2017 Wildflower Media Tour

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Volunteers Award | OC Parks Volunteer Program

2016

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Operational Facilities Award | Irvine Regional Park Soda Fountain Pavilion
Park & Recreation Program, Class II | Caspers Wilderness Park Star Party

2015

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

Award of Distinction, Video - Short Form | OC Zoo "Get Wild" Video

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Award of Excellence, One Time Event | OC Zoo-tacular

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Parks and Recreation Award | OC Parks Archery Program

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Marketing Award | OC Zoo-tacular

2014

California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO)

Award of Excellence, Print - Graphics | OC Parks Summer Concert Series
Awards of Distinction, Print - Photography | OC Parks Annual Report
Community Relations/Engagement, Special Events | Whiting Ranch Poker Ride

California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS)

Award of Excellence, Park and Facility Management | Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Yard

California State Association of Counties (CSAC)

Merit Award | Haster Basin Recreation Park

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Silver Circle Award, Printed Publications - Other | OC Parks Summer Concert Series
Award of Excellence, One-Time Event | Mile Square Park Archery Range Grand Opening

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Parks and Recreation Award | OC Parks Summer Concert Series
Civic Education and Public Information Award | Go Green at the OC Zoo
Planning Award | Haster Retarding Basin, Pump Station and Recreational Field Project

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Environmental Conservation Award | Haster Basin Recreation Park
Operational Facilities Award | Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Yard

2013

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Savvy Award, Graphic Design: Other - Promotional Items/Electronic | OC Parks Brochure
Savvy Award, Printed Publications: Catalogs/Guides | OC Parks Brochure
Savvy Award, Printed Publications: Reports | OC Parks Annual Report FY 2011-12
Silver Circle Award, Most Creative Activity with Least Dollars Spent | Whiting Ranch Poker Ride
Silver Circle Award, Photography | The Sinks
Award of Excellence, Graphic Design: Publications | OC Parks Annual Report FY 2011-12

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Parks and Recreation Award | Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks Activity Guide

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Environmental Conservation Award | The Wagon Wheel Creek Restoration Plan
Marketing Award | OC Parks Website
Planning Initiative | The OC Zoo GDP

California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS)

Marketing and Communications Award of Excellence, Print Publication | OC Parks Brochures

2012

California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS)

Creating Community Award of Excellence | Annual Lake Management Program
Champion of the Community Award | Supervisor Bill Campbell

California State Association of Counties (CSAC)

All Honorable Mentions
Challenge Award | Annual Lake Management Program
Challenge Award | OC Parks Ranger Academy
Challenge Award | Heritage Hill Christmas Event Blogger Preview

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Savvy Award, Printed Publications: Catalogs/Guides | Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks Activity Guide
Silver Circle Award, Most Creative Activity with Least Dollars Spent | OC Parks Blogger Event Previews

Department of the Interior

National Recreational Trail Designation | Aliso Creek Regional Trail

League of American Bicyclists: Bicycle Friendly Communities

Bronze Award | Orange County, CA

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Parks and Recreation Award | Archaeological and Paleontological Partnership
Parks and Recreation Award | Blogger Preview - Heritage Hill Seasonal Events
Parks and Recreation Award | OC Parks Ranger Academy 

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Environmental Conservation Award | OC Parks Lake Management Program
Marketing Award | OC Parks Blogger Event Previews
Outstanding Public Official | Supervisor Bill Campbell

National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

Kudos Public Relations Award | OC Parks Brochures
Recognition of Significant Efforts Award | Supervisor Bill Campbell

2011

American Institute of Architects Orange County Chapter (AIAOC)

25-Year Award | Orange County General Plan Implementation

California State Association of Counties (CSAC)

All Honorable Mentions
Challenge Award | Mars and Stars Program
Challenge Award | OC Zoo and OC Public Libraries Collaboration
Challenge Award | Camino de Esperanza Program
Challenge Award | Romeo and Juliet Eagles

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Savvy Award, Most Innovative | Romeo and Juliet Eagles
Silver Circle Award, Most Creative Activity with Least Dollars Spent | Romeo and Juliet Eagles

Department of the Interior

National Recreational Trail Designation | Santa Ana River Trail

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Parks and Recreation Award | Camino de Esperanza Program
Parks and Recreation Award | Mars and Stars Program
Parks and Recreation Award | Second Sundays Habitat Restoration Program

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Friends of Parks and Recreation | Outstanding Contributor - Donald Bren
Parks and Recreation Program Award | Camino de Esperanza
Marketing Award | Social Media and the Irvine Eagle

National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

Kudos Public Relations Award | Social Media and the Irvine Eagles

2010

California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS)

Recreation and Community Services Award | Second Sundays Habitat Restoration Program

California State Association of Counties (CSAC)

All Honorable Mentions
Challenge Award | Caspers Wilderness Park Adventure Day
Challenge Award | CSUF Partnership
Challenge Award | Monarch Butterfly Day at Mile Square Regional Park
Challenge Award | Parking Management with Parking Concepts, Inc.
Challenge Award | Project Portal
Challenge Award | Recycling Program
Challenge Award | Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park Habitat Improvement Program

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Achievement Award for Parks and Recreation | Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park Habitat Improvement Program

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO)

Historical/Cultural Facilities Award | Clark Regional Park Interpretive Center
Environmental Conservation Award | Second Sundays Habitat Restoration Program
Marketing Award | Caspers Wilderness Park Adventure Day