Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department (PBC Parks) incoming director, Jennifer Cirillo, was awarded the Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) Achievement Award on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 during FRPA’s Annual Conference in Orlando.
FRPA’s Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have provided special or unusual service to the Association and the parks, recreation and leisure services profession.
Jennifer has served Palm Beach County for more than 17 years, the most recent 11 as assistant director for PBC Parks. On October 1, she will take leadership of the department after Director Eric Call retires.
Jennifer was instrumental in the process that led to the department becoming back-to-back finalists in 2017 and 2018 for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management and for bringing home the award in 2018. Since then, she has served on the National Gold Medal Award Committee, reviewing applicants from top agencies across the country.
At the state level, Jennifer served on the FRPA Executive Board in 2017 as vice president of finance and then elected by her peers in 2019 to serve as president in 2020/21. She led the efforts for a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) assessment that laid the foundation for years to come. Jennifer also serves as a liaison between Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the Community Remembrance Project Coalition for Palm Beach County.
A graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) with a desire to give back, for the past two years Jennifer has co-chaired the Environmental Day Program and introduced civic-minded leaders to the wonders of our resource-based parks, the environmental and economic impact of our greenways and blue ways and the numerous challenges we all face related to climate change.
About Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department
The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, celebrating 50 years of providing healthy, happy living to residents and visitors to Palm Beach County, is recognized nationally for excellence in park and recreation management and provides organized recreational programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. Created in 1951 under the direction of the County Engineers Office, reorganization in 1972 led to the separation of Parks and Engineering and so the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department was born. Discover healthy, happy living at
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About the Florida Recreation and Park Association
The Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) was established in 1942 as an organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, advancement, and advocacy of the Parks and Recreation profession. FRPA is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors and an Executive office located in Tallahassee, FL. Members are professionals working for federal, state and local park, recreation department and leisure service agencies throughout the state of Florida. For more information visit frpa.org. Follow FRPA on Twitter and Facebook.