Oak Brook Park District Wins National Gold Medal Award in Parks and Recreation

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Oak Brook Park District Wins National Gold Medal Award in Parks and Recreation


Byline: Jessica Cannaday

Oak Brook Park District awarded prestigious Grand Plaque during NRPA Annual Conference

Oak Brook, IL, Sept. 15, 2015 u Months of preparation and a commitment to the highest level of service in parks and recreation has paid off for the Oak Brook Park District. They have been awarded the 2015 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), awarded this honor to Oak Brook Park District live during the Opening Session of the NRPA Annual Conference on September 15 in Nevada.

"To be recognized by our peers on a national level indicates that we are accomplishing the right things in order to best meet the needs of our residents and that we are operating at the highest level of efficiency in the United States" said Park District Commissioner Tom Truedson, on receiving the award.

The Oak Brook Park District has won the Grand Plaque in the Class V category. The Oak Brook Park District was one of four finalists in the Class V Category, having a population of less than 30,000 residents. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

Executive Director Laure Kosey said "This award is a culmination of the efforts of staff and the commitment of our residents to make the very best in park and recreational opportunities available to the greater Oak Brook community."

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation communities and the State Park System Class awarded every other year.

A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. …

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