2020 NAPF Awards Show
Click here to watch the NAPF Virtual Choice Awards Show 2020 recorded live.
NAPF Lehman Awards for Park Foundation Excellence
2018 NAPF Awards Show
NAPF Lehman-Lose Citizen Hall of Fame
The NAPF is proud to have worked with these exemplary individuals and we are honored to have inducted them in our Hall of Fame!
David Lose, Inaugural Inductee, Inducted: Sept 2019
“First and foremost, he was an advocate and passionate promoter of parks. He just loved parks and really believed that parks made people’s lives better.”
National Association of Park Foundations
Inaugural Member-Advisory Council
Trusted and Passionate Visionary
Advocate for Park Foundations and Friends Groups
Advocate for Parks and Recreation Systems
Effective Citizen Voice on Capitol Hill
NRPA Chairman of the Board from 2000 to 2004
NRPA's Board of Directors from 1997 to 1999
Founder - Lose and Associates circa 1982
Currently employs nearly 60 people.
Over 600 park projects in planning, design, master planning and system-wide analysis, totaling more than $1 billion of work.
Wilburn "Webbs" Norman
Inducted: Oct 2020
“The Park District is in the business of solving problems and filling needs.”
University of Illinois
Bachelor of Science degree - 1957
Master’s Degree - Parks and Recreation Administration – 1960
Executive Director - Rockford Park District (34 years!)
Led decades of Rockford Park District parkland growth to 4,574 acres and 173 local parks
National Gold Medal for Parks and Recreation in 1989
National Gold Medal for Therapeutic Recreation in 1995 and in 2004
Earned the designation of Sportstown USA by Sports Illustrated magazine and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)
Instrumental in the development and growth of the Rockford Park District Foundation
Webbs could often be found in a local coffee shop meeting daily with citizens and community leaders, listening to their ideas. He was a leader with an open mind to any and all ideas that led the Rockford Park District to innovations, new programs, generous gifts and partnerships that saved taxpayers millions of dollars
Remained an integral part of the Rock Board of Directors of the Rockford Park District Foundation until his passing in 2019