The American Recreation Coalition selected six federal programs as recipients of 2011 Beacon Awards, which recognize outstanding efforts by federal agencies and partners in harnessing the power of technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management.
The coalition presented the awards for the first time in 2005. Nominations are made by federal agencies and are judged on the following criteria:
• Innovative use of technology for visitor services or recreation management
• Use of partnerships with for-profit and non-profit organizations
• Efforts to share news of creative solutions within the agency
• Community support for the work of the initiative