City of Gardner Awards and Recognitions

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The City of Gardner is an award-winning city with accolades extending across the organization. We strive each day to provide exceptional services that benefit and enrich the community. Here are some of our most recent honors and awards recognizing our efforts:



  • 3rd Fastest Growing City in Kansas (Kansas City Business Journal 2018)

  • 4th Fastest Growing City in Kansas (Kansas City Business Journal/March 2017)

  • 5th Safest and Most Peaceful Place to Live ( 2015)

  • 5th Best City to Raise a Family ( 2015)



 recent awards


  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting - Awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada in recognition of financial reports that display transparency and full disclosure.

  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award - Awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for fulfilling nationally recognized guidelines, as well as achieved a budget rated “proficient” in the following four categories that are designed to assess how well the budget serves as a: 1) policy document, 2) financial, 3) an operations guide, 4) communications device.

  •  Innovative Recreation Program Award - The Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) recognized the city's Smoke on the Trails/Grand Slam Beer and Wine Festival held in September 2017. This annual KRPA award recognizes outstanding new or innovative programs that represent Kansas’ best in the Parks and Recreation field.    

  • Water Treatment Award - The City of Gardner Hillsdale Water Treatment Facility received a Quality Achievement Award for its high-quality fluoridation practice of consistently adjusting the water fluoride content to the appropriate levels. The proper fluoride adjustments serve as a safe and effective method to prevent tooth decay. Gardner was one of only 29 cities in Kansas to receive such recognition.

  • Wastewater Plant of the Year - The Kansas Water Environment Association named the City of Gardner’s Wastewater Treatment Plant as the 2015 Plant of the Year in Class 4 for their process of converting wastewater into an effluent that can either be reused or returned to the water cycle with minimal environmental impact.

  • Tree City USA - Gardner achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

  • Special Event of the Year - In 2015, the City made major improvements to the pool including: replacement of the gutter system on the lap lane pool, recoating of the slides and towers as well as the play structure, replacement of pool furniture, and painting of all pools. The city held a Summer Splash event to showcase the improvements on June 20, 2015. The event included: live music, entertainers, inflatable obstacles, and a synchronized swim team.

  • Blue Chip Award - Gardner received the Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Chip Award for encouraging and supporting healthy lifestyles through programs, initiatives, policies, recreation facilities and community-wide events. 

  • Water 50-Year Service Award - The city received a 50-year service award for properly fluoridating the city's water for more than 50 years. The proper use of fluoride serves as a safe and effective method to prevent tooth decay. This award also recognizes the city for its contribution to the world's top 20 public health achievements.

  • 2018 Healthy KC Silver Level Certification - For the second consecutive year, Healthy KC recognized the city with a sliver level "Workplace Wellness Certification" for its health and wellness program. Each company was evaluated on their efforts to encourage good health by providing education on nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, work-life balance and more.