Awards & Recognition

All-America City

Each year, the National Civic League recognizes ten communities with the All-America City Award. These communities leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues. The Town of Miami Lakes was named an All-America City finalist in 2010, 2013, and 2021.




Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 

Since 2010, Miami Lakes has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Davey Award

The Davey Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) is an international award focused exclusively on honoring outstanding creative work from the best small teams from across the world. The Davey Awards receives entries from ad agencies, digital agencies, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms and public relations firms.

In 2021, the Town of Miami Lakes’ Communications & Community Affairs Department earned two Davey Awards; the Gold Davey Award, the highest possible honor from AIVA and a Silver Davey Award. This international recognition is a major accomplishment for the Town.

Gold Davey Award | Content & Marketing – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Virtual Art Tour for Black History Month

Silver Davey Award | Content & Marketing-Green & Environmentally Friendly | Arbor Day Tree Canopy Video

Florida Festival & Events Association

2021 | Community Outreach Program | FDOT Put it Down Campaign

2021 | Promotional Item | 20th Anniversary Pin

2021 | Social Media Advertising Campaign | Health & Fitness Fair

2021 | Green Program | Code Explorers

Better Cities For Pets™

BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ certified cities have programs and policies that make it easier for pets and pet owners to live a happy, healthy life together.

What Makes Miami Lakes a Pet-Friendly City?
Certified in the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program in 2019, Miami Lakes, Florida scored especially well in the Shelters and Businesses traits of our pet-friendly cities model. Citizens also love the community’s K-9 Cove dog park.

K-9 Cove features both a passive recreational area and two separate fenced areas for smaller and larger dogs. The area includes benches, drinking fountains for the dogs, and a joint open air shelter for use by pet owners.

Tree City USA

The Tree City USA Award is provided by The Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, to recognize environmental improvement and encourage higher levels of tree care throughout America.

Tree City USA | Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is presented by the Arbor Day Foundation to participating Tree City USA communities that demonstrate higher levels of tree care and community engagement during the calendar year. 

Tree City USA | Sterling City

A community that has earned ten Tree City USA Growth Awards is recognized as a Sterling Tree City USA. Sterling communities are regarded as leaders in community forestry and are often looked upon as innovators.

The Town comprehensive Tree Management Plan has established an organized, proactive tree maintenance program to ensure Miami Lakes and its trees continue “Growing Beautifully.”

Playful City USA

Playful City USA was a recognition program, that recognized and honored the cities and towns that ensured kids in their communities, were getting the balanced and active play they need to thrive.

From 2008 to 2017 Miami Lakes earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! for its efforts to provide children with the tools and opportunities for play.

Communities for a Lifetime

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs honored the town of Miami Lakes in 2005 with the Communities for a Lifetime Award. This award recognizes municipalities that have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing accessible and livable communities for older adults.

The recognition is a testament to the town’s dedication to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for older adults. The town’s efforts in promoting aging in place, enhancing quality of life, and fostering intergenerational connections make it a model for other municipalities.

100 Best Communities for Young People

In 2012 Miami Lakes was honored by America’s Promise Alliance as a winner of the 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING.

The competition spotlights communities that demonstrate a lasting commitment to, and cross sector support for, youth development through innovative programs and services in schools and throughout the community.

The William Lyman Phillips Award

Named after William Lyman Phillips, a prominent figure in the Florida parks and recreation community, the William Lyman Phillips Award is bestowed upon individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the field of park planning and design. The selection process for this prestigious award is rigorous, with judges evaluating nominees based on criteria such as creativity, innovation, functionality, and community engagement.

In 2016, Miami Lakes stood out among the nominees for its exceptional park planning and implementation. The town’s commitment to creating inclusive and accessible parks, as well as its dedication to conservation and environmental stewardship, earned it the recognition it deserves.