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In keeping with our vision statement to exceed expectations, the Department strives to be one of the best Parks and Recreation departments possible. We are proud and honored to have received the following awards over the years:

Past Six Years • Previous Years

Past Six Years

  • 2017 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the 1st Place winner for Best Fitness Center/Gym, Best Recreational Facility, and Best Swim School.
  • 2017 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Tennis Center as the 1st Place winner for Best Tennis Courts.
  • 2016 – International Festivals and Events Association Gold Award for Best Company Image Pieces – Flower & Garden Festival Wine Glass. 
  • 2016 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement (flexi) – Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival.
  • 2016 – International Festivals and Events Association Bronze Award for Best Ad Series – Leesburg Airshow.
  • 2016 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award, Specialty – 25th Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival Wineglass.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Now Loudoun Favorite’s poll named Ida Lee Park as the “Favorite Park” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Now Loudoun Favorite’s poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Favorite Community Center”, “Favorite Recreation Center”, “Favorite Fitness Center”, and “Favorite Swimming Pool” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Now Loudoun Favorite’s poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Favorite Summer Camp” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Now Loudoun Favorite’s poll named Ida Lee Park Tennis Center as the “Favorite Place to Play Tennis” and “Favorite Tennis Instructor – Mark Elliott”.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Now Loudoun Favorite’s poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Favorite Festival” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the 1st Place winner for Best Fitness Center/Gym and Best Recreational Facility.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the 1st Place winner for Best Camp/Summer Program.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Tennis Center as the 1st Place winner for Best Tennis Courts and Best Tennis Instructor – Mark Elliott.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the 1st Place winner for Community Festival.
  • 2016 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the 2nd Place winner for Swim School.
  • 2015 – International Festivals and Events Association Gold Award for Best Single Newspaper Display Ad – Memorial Day Observance.
  • 2015 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Single Magazine Display Ad – Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival.
  • 2015 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (Single Page) – Independence Day Celebration.
  • 2015 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Company Image Pieces – Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival.
  • 2015 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Ad Series – Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival.
  • 2015 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Renovation/Addition Award (Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways, or Trails) – Potomac Crossing Park.
  • 2015 Family Magazine readers voted Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the Best Recreation Center for Families in the DMV (District, Maryland and Virginia) area.
  • 2015 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Best Recreation Facility” and “Best Fitness Center/Gym” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2015 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Tennis Facility as the “Best Tennis Courts” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2015 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Best Community Event/Festival” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2015 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Parks and Recreation Department as having the “Best Camp/Summer Program” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2014 – International Festivals and Events Association Gold Award for Best T-Shirt Design – Independence Day Celebration.
  • 2014 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Ad Series – Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival.
  • 2014 – International Festivals and Events Association Bronze Award for Best Misc. Printed Materials (Single Page) – Holidays In Leesburg.
  • 2014 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award, Specialty – Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival Time Lapse Video.
  • 2014 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award, Traditional – Independence Day Celebration Poster.
  • 2014 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Best Recreation Facility” and “Best Fitness Center/Gym” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2014 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Tennis Facility as the “Best Tennis Courts” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2014 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Best Community Event/Festival” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2014 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Parks and Recreation Department as having the “Best Camp/Summer Program” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2014 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named AV Symington Aquatic Center as the 1st Place winner for Water Parks.
  • 2014 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the 1st Place winner for Community Festival.
  • 2014 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named Ida Lee Recreation Center as the 1st Place winner for Sports Training.
  • 2014 – The Loudoun Times Mirror readers’ poll named Ida Lee Recreation Center as the 2nd Place winner for the following three categories: Gyms, Summer Camps, and Indoor Activities.
  • 2013 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Single Magazine Display Ad – Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival.
  • 2013 – International Festivals and Events Association Bronze Award for Best Ad Series – Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival.
  • 2013 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Renovation/Addition Award (Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways, and Trails) – Bike Depot at Raflo Park.
  • 2013 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Best Recreation Facility”, “Best Fitness Center”, and “Best Children’s Center” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2013 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Tennis Facility as the “Best Tennis Center” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2013 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Best Community Event/Festival” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2013 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park and Leesburg Dog Park as the “Best Place to Walk the Dog” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2012 – National Gold Medal Award Finalist for Excellence in the Field of Park and Recreation Management awarded by National Recreation and Park Association.
  • 2012 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Single Magazine Display Ad – Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival.
  • 2012 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Event – Leesburg Airshow.
  • 2012 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Facility Award (Bricks and Mortar) – Ida Lee Park Maintenance Facility.
  • 2012 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award, Traditional – Leesburg Airshow Poster.
  • 2012 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award, Specialty – Ida Lee and AV Symington Aquatic Center Car Magnets.
  • 2012 – Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association (Visit Loudoun) Tourism Marketing/Promotion Campaign of the Year Award – Leesburg Airshow.
  • 2012 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Best Recreation Facility”, “Best Fitness Center”, and “Best Children’s Center” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2012 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Tennis Facility as the “Best Tennis Center” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2012 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Best Community Event/Festival” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2012 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park and Leesburg Dog Park as the “Best Place to Walk the Dog” in the Loudoun County area. 

 


 

Previous Years

  • 2011 – International Festivals and Events Association Gold Award for Best Single Magazine Ad – Flower & Garden Festival. 
  • 2011 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Miscellaneous Printed Ad – Independence Day. 
  • 2011 – International Festivals and Events Association Bronze Award for Best Promotional Poster – Independence Day. 
  • 2011 – International Festivals and Events Association Bronze Award for Best Ad Series – Holidays In Leesburg. 
  • 2011 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Best Recreation Facility”, “Best Fitness Center”, and “Best Children’s Center” in the Loudoun County area. 
  • 2011 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Tennis Facility as the “Best Tennis Center” in the Loudoun County area. 
  • 2011 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Best Community Event/Festival” in the Loudoun County area. 
  • 2011 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park and Leesburg Dog Park as the “Best Place to Walk the Dog” in the Loudoun County area. 
  • 2010 – A.V. Symington Aquatic Center Featured in Aquatics International’s ‘2010 Dream Designs Showcase’. 
  • 2010 – Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Award for Mixing Place – Ida Lee Park Recreation Center and the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center. 
  • 2010 – Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Award for Details – Foxridge Park. 
  • 2010 – International Festivals and Events Association Bronze Award for Best Ad Series – Flower & Garden Festival. 
  • 2010 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Best Recreation Facility”, “Best Fitness Center”, and “Best Children’s Center” in the Loudoun County area. 
  • 2010 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Tennis Facility as the “Best Tennis Courts” in the Loudoun County area. 
  • 2010 - The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Best Community Event/Festival” in the Loudoun County area
  • 2010 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park and Leesburg Dog Park as the “Best Place to Walk the Dog” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2009 – Virginia Municipal League (VML) Achievement Award – The A.V. Symington Projects. 
  • 2009 – International Festivals and Events Association Gold Award for Best Single Newspaper Display Ad – Memorial Day. 
  • 2009 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials – Holidays In Leesburg Passport.
  • VRPS Award - Tennis Bubble2009 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Renovation/Addition Award – Ida Lee Park Tennis Center and A.V. Symington Indoor Tennis Center. 
  • 2009 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award for Circular/Flyer – Holidays in Leesburg Weekend Passport. 
  • 2009 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award for Apparel – Commemorative 250th Celebration Flower and Garden Festival T-Shirt. 
  • 2009 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Best Recreation Facility”, “Best Fitness Center”, and “Best Tennis Courts” in the Loudoun County area. 
  • 2009 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Best Community Event/Festival” in the Loudoun County area. 
  • 2009 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Leesburg Dog Park, Ida Lee Park, and Foxridge Park as the “Best Place to Walk the Dog” in the Loudoun County area. 
  • 2008 – International Festivals and Events Association Bronze Award for Best Ad Series – Court & Market Days. 
  • 2008 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award for Specialty Piece – Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Free Trial Coupon. 
  • 2008 – The Ida Lee Lifeguarding team won the Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s statewide Lifeguarding Cup. 
  • 2008 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Best Recreation Facility”, “Best Fitness Center”, and “Best Tennis Courts” in the Loudoun County area
  • 2008 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Best Community Event/Festival” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2007 – International Festivals and Events Association Gold Award for Best Event Photograph – Independence Day Parade.
  • 2007 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Promotional Brochure – Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival Walk Around Brochure.
  • 2007 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award for Circular/Flyer – Holidays In Leesburg Postcard.
  • 2007 – The Ida Lee Lifeguarding team won the Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s statewide Lifeguarding Cup in Woodbridge, Virginia.
  • 2007 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named Ida Lee Park Recreation Center as the “Best Recreation Facility”, “Best Fitness Center”, and “Best Tennis Courts” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2007 – The Leesburg Today readers’ poll named the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival as the “Best Community Event/Festival” in the Loudoun County area.
  • 2006 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Program Award - Recreation Outreach to Community Kids (R.O.C.K.). 
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  • 2006 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award for T-Shirt – Freeze Your Gizzard 5K Cross Country Race. 
  • 2006 – International Festivals and Events Association Bronze Award for Best Ad Series – Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival. 
  • 2006 – Ida Lee Park Recreation Center was voted the “Best Recreation Facility” and Ida Lee Park Tennis Center was voted the “Best Tennis Courts” in Loudoun County by the readers of Leesburg Today Newspaper.
  • 2006 – Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival was voted the “Best Community Event/Festival” in Loudoun County by the readers of Leesburg Today Newspaper
  • 2005 – Two Time National Gold Medal Award Winner for Excellence in the Field of Park and Recreation Management, presented by The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.
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  • 2005 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award Circular/Flyer – Ida Lee, The Place That Makes Your Meeting, Workshop, or Celebration a Memorable Event!
  • 2005 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort Award for Basic Promotional Piece – Ida Lee, Your Guide to Family, Fun and Fitness! 
  • 2005 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Singles Magazine Display Ad – Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival.
  • 2005 – International Festivals and Events Association Silver Award for Best Other Merchandise – A Day In The Park Dog Bandana.
  • 2005 – Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival was voted the “Best Community Event/Festival” in Loudoun County by the readers of Leesburg Today Newspaper.
  • 2005 – Ida Lee Park Recreation Center was voted the “Best Recreation Center” and “Best Tennis Center” in Loudoun County by the readers of Leesburg Today Newspaper.
  • 2004 – Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival voted “Best Community Event/Festival” in Loudoun County by the readers of the Leesburg Today newspaper. 
  • 2004 – Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival has been recognized annually by The Washington Post’s Weekend Section as a “Best Pick”. 
  • 2004 – Ida Lee Park Recreation Center was voted the “Best Fitness Facility”, “Best Recreation Center”, “Best Tennis Center”, and “Best Indoor Pool” in Loudoun County by the readers of Leesburg Today newspaper. 
  • 2003 – 13th Annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival was voted as the Virginia Governor’s Travel and Tourism Outstanding On-going Event of the Year. 
  • 2003 – Ida Lee Tennis Center was voted “Best Tennis Facility” by the USTA Virginia Chapter. 
  • 2003 – Ida Lee Park Recreation Center was voted the “Best Fitness Facility”, “Best Recreation Center”, “Best Tennis Center”, and “Best Indoor Pool” in Loudoun County by the readers of Leesburg Today newspaper. 
  • 2002 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Facility Renovation/Addition. 
  • 2002 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Specialty Marketing Piece – Grand Opening Rack Card. 
  • 2002 – United States Tennis Association (USTA) Outstanding Public Tennis Center. 
  • 2002 – Ida Lee Park Recreation Center was voted the “Best Fitness Facility”, “Best Recreation Center”, “Best Tennis Center”, and “Best Indoor Pool” in Loudoun County by the readers of Leesburg Today newspaper. 
  • 2000 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Specialty Marketing Piece – Holiday Poster.
  • 2000 – Winner of the Washington Metropolitan Lifeguard Competition. 
  • 1998 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Specialty Marketing Piece – Play in the Parks of Leesburg. 
  • 1996 – National Gold Medal Award Winner for Excellence in the Field of Park and Recreation Management, presented by The Sports Foundation Inc. in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association. 
  • 1996 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Specialty Marketing Piece – Holidays at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. 
  • 1996 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Basic Promotional Effort – Welcome to Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. 
  • 1996 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Presidential Award. 
  • 1995 – National Gold Medal Award Finalist for Excellence in the Field of Park and Recreation Management awarded by National Recreation and Park Association.
  • 1995 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Circular Flyer Promotional Effort – Plan a Wild Birthday Party.
  • 1995 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Program Award – World War II Commemoration Day. 
  • 1994 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Specialty Promotional Effort – Leesburg is Your Park Place. 
  • 1994 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Circular Flyer Promotional Effort – Leesburg-Loudoun Arbor Day Program. 
  • 1993 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Basic Promotional Piece Award – Summer Seasonal Brochure.
  • 1992 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Circular Flyer Promotional Effort – Come Let Us Entertain You at Ida Lee. 
  • 1991 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Specialty Promotional Award – Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Membership Card. 
  • 1991 – The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Certificate of Recognition for Resource Planning. 
  • 1991 – Silver Medal – National Spa and Pool Institute Design Award Presented by Hughes Group Architects, Inc. 
  • 1990 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Basic Promotional Award – Leesburg at Leisure. 
  • 1990 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Specialty Promotional Award – Leesburg Gifts Catalog.