With another gold medal win this year, Florida’s state parks are now the nation’s only three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in the management of state park systems.

“I am thrilled that the Florida Park Service continues to celebrate Florida,” said Gov. Scott in a press release. “Winning this award for the third time continues to show that the Sunshine State is working hard to ensure Florida families and tourists are able to enjoy our natural treasures, and I want to thank all of our employees and volunteers who helped make this possible.”

The award was presented during the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Congress and Exposition in Houston. The association, in partnership with the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, presents the award to communities that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and administrating a complex system of state parks.

“The fact that the Florida Park Service has won this prestigious national award three times, while no other state has ever won twice shows the dedication of our employees and volunteers to manage the resources that provide vast opportunities for Floridians and visitors to enjoy our natural resources,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “More than 25 million people visit these award-winning state parks each year, and we are proud to continue to show how special Florida is to all those who visit.”

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/awards or www.aapra.org.