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This is the Chicago Park District’s second, successive accreditation in six years.
This is the Chicago Park District’s second, successive accreditation in six years. Photo: Chicago Park District

This is the second, successive accreditation in six years  

The Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Park and Recreation Association recognized the Chicago Park District as a Distinguished Park and Recreation Accredited Agency. The re-accreditation was announced at the IAPD/IPRA Conference held in Chicago last week. This is the Chicago Park District’s second, successive accreditation in six years.
 
“We are extremely excited and proud to be re-accredited by the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. “This recognition affirms the District’s commitment to raising the bar in terms of the services we provide to the people of Chicago.”
 
The Chicago Park District earned 496.73 out of a possible 500 points from the Distinguished Park and Recreation Accreditation Committee. The Chicago Park District’s current accreditation will remain active through 2024 at which time the organization will be eligible to apply for another six year term.

The goal of the Illinois Distinguished Park Accreditation program is to improve the delivery of recreation services throughout the state through a voluntary, comprehensive evaluation process. Categories include general management effectiveness, finance and business operations, facilities and parks, staff, recreation services and Board elected officials.
 
The IAPD/IPRA annual conference brings together thousands of representatives from parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies across Illinois. Under this year’s theme, “Soaring New Heights”, professionals took part in educational programming, networking and development opportunities.