Metro Parks Tacoma has been named the recipient of the 2019 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, marking the third time Metro Parks has won the award.

In addition, Metro Parks earned accreditation for a second time, meaning it remains in an elite group of agencies that meet 151 standards for managing lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety, and services. Only three agencies in Washington have earned accreditation.

The announcement was made Sept. 24 by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration at the opening session of the National Recreation and Park Association annual conference.

The National Gold Medal Award program honors communities that demonstrate excellence through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition. The park district won the National Gold Medal in 1985 and 1992, and it was a finalist in 2017.