MORTON GROVE PARK DISTRICT RECEIVES ILLINOIS DISTINGUISHED ACCREDITED AGENCY AWARD

MORTON GROVE PARK DISTRICT RECEIVES ILLINOIS DISTINGUISHED ACCREDITED AGENCY AWARD

 

The Morton Grove Park District has been recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).

“This program gives recognition to park and recreation agencies that go above and beyond in dedicating themselves to offering quality programs and services designed to fulfill their community’s needs,” said Debbie Trueblood, IPRA Executive Director.

The two statewide associations administer the Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program with the goal of improving the delivery of park and recreation services to Illinois residents. “Illinois has a reputation for the best park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies in the nation,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD President, and CEO.  “The Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program provides an opportunity for these agencies to undergo a voluntary, comprehensive evaluation process to demonstrate that they have met state guidelines to provide exceptional park and recreation services to their community.  The end result is to improve the quality of life for Illinois residents.”

“There are tremendous benefits for an agency that achieves Distinguished Accredited status,” said Dan Jones, IPRA Co-Chair of the JDPRAC.  “The agency’s application and review process is an excellent self-evaluation and agencies that apply realize increased operational efficiency and effectiveness.  Communities can have confidence that their park district or recreation agency employs qualified professionals and has met professional standards.”

The Morton Grove Park District applied for the Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program in September 2015.  Jeff Wait, Executive Director, said he saw great teamwork and determination involved in preparing for this accreditation.  This was not an easy task.  It was hundreds of hours of collecting, reviewing, and in some cases, developing the required information for the review team.  The Morton Grove Park District is one of only 46 park districts, forest preserves and special recreation associations currently accredited.

The JDPRAC approved the Morton Grove Park District for Distinguished Accredited status in November 2016.In compliance with the program, the Morton Grove Park District will be reevaluated in six years to verify that they have continued to demonstrate sound management practices in providing quality park and recreation services to the community.