Saturday, February 25, 2017
Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Bvld.
Sign In: 9:30am.  Sessions begin at 10:00am

2017 Advisory Council Conference

Join the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Parks Foundation on Saturday, February 25, 2017 for the Park Advisory Council Conference held at Malcolm X College. This half day conference offers Park Advisory Councils the opportunity to learn about running a successful council, working with park staff, creating partnerships and connections, best practices, meeting park district leadership and networking opportunities.



To request a sign language interpreter or other accessibility accommodation(s), e-mail accessibility@chicagoparkdistrict.com or call (312) 742-4298 at least 72 hours prior to the conference.

Registration Form:

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First Name     
Last Name     
Park Advisory Council     
Role on Advisory Council     
Phone Number     
Session 1 Choice (10:45 am - 11:30am): See session descriptions below.     

Session 2 Choice (11:45 am - 12:30 pm): See session descriptions below.     

Do you have any of the following dietary restrictions?     

It is the policy of the Chicago Park District that ALL volunteers (including PAC members who work with youth and handle finances) must submit an Adult Volunteer Application and be fingerprinted.

Have you been fingerprinted by the Chicago Park District for volunteering?     
It not, do you want to be fingerprinted at the conference?     

To be fingerprinted at the conference, you must submit the Adult Volunteer Application to Darlene Washington, at the address below, no later than Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Chicago Park District
541 North Fairbanks
Chicago, IL 60611
Attn: Darlene Washington, Volunteer Coordinator
or by FAX to (312) 742-6098
or by Email to darlene.washington@chicagoparkdistrict.com

Please note that volunteers only need to go through the background check with the Chicago Park District once. Background checks from other city agencies will not be accepted by the Chicago Park District.  

If you said yes that you want to be fingeprinted at the conference, and you send/fax/email in the Ault Volunteer Application, we will contact you directly prior to the conference to set up a time slot.

If you could ask the Chicago Park District one question at the conference, what would it be?     

Session Descriptions

Session 1 Options:
Each runs from 10:45am - 11:30am
  • Running an Effective Meeting
    Learn how to run an efficient and productive meeting with your PAC. Walk away with best practices, example agendas and tips on working collaboratively with your Park Supervisor.
  • Bringing Resources to Your Park
    Explore what donors look for in a quality grant application and what requirements CPD requires before submitting. Also hear a success story from one PAC on how they wrote and received a grant which transformed their community.
  • Strategic Partnerships
    What is a strategic partnership and what does your PAC have to offer a potential partner? Learn what partners (businesses, community members, city officials, etc.) look for and how to make that initial call to introduce yourself.   


Session 2 Options:
Each runs from 11:45am - 12:30pm
  • Community Collaboration to Keep Parks Safe
    Discuss safety in our parks today and how to be proactive against violence in your park. Hear successful practices and programs from fellow PACs.
  • Asset Mapping Your Community
    During this guided session, PACs will take a deeper look into the community surrounding their parks. By identifying key aspects of the culture of your park, it is easier to reach out and develop relationships with key figures in your neighborhood.
  • Methods of Successful Fundraising
    Fundraising is a daunting task, but something all PACs can accomplish! Hear from a variety of successful PAC fundraising initiatives and begin brainstorming for your park’s next campaign.