The Oak Brook Park District received multiple awards at the 2019 Soaring to New Heights Conference presented by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA). The conference was held January 24-26 in Chicago, Illinois.
Liz Littwin, corporate and community relations for the Oak Brook Park District, was recognized as the Rising Star of IPRA’s Communications and Marketing (C&M) Section. Each year, the section recognizes the outstanding efforts and leadership of a new member or a member who has stepped into a new role with the C&M Rising Star Award. Her nomination stated that Littwin’s “vision and passion for the shared mission of our industry drives her to make influential connections within the private sector that punctuate and amplify the impactful and essential role of marketing and communications in parks and recreation.”
The Oak Brook Park District’s marketing team was recognized for outstanding innovation in marketing and communications during the annual Agency Showcase Competition. Agency Showcase is the premier communications and marketing competition for park and recreation agencies in Illinois and highlight’s the industry’s best practices, unique designs, and impactful communication materials. Oak Brook Park District earned 2nd place in the Public Relations category and 3rd place in the Social Media category.
Park officials were presented the 2018 IPRA Outstanding Facility and Park Award for renovations included in last year's Central Park Improvement Project. The park district was recognized for its use of creative design and ingenuity to bring maximum recreational value to the park. The project included connectivity and accessibility improvements to the Central Park walking paths, the installation of a Universal Playground, replaced a portion of the water control system at Ginger Creek, stabilized 1,500 ft. of eroded shoreline, improved parking, improved the accessibility and safety of the existing ball fields, replaced old sports lighting with energy efficient LED lights, and improved the Central Park sled hill.
Oak Brook resident, Lara Suleiman, was also recognized with an IAPD/IPRA Community Service Award “in recognition and appreciation of outstanding contributions and unselfish devotion for the advancement of parks, recreation, and leisure in the community and the state of Illinois” for her work in assisting with the development and funding of the park district’s inclusive Universal Playground. “2018 was certainly an eventful year for the Oak Brook Park District, and it is inspiring to work with a team and community that is so committed to providing recreational programs, spaces, and services that are truly designed to help our residents be their very best and feel their very best,” says Laure Kosey, Oak Brook Park District’s executive director.
Winner of the National Gold Medal, an Illinois Distinguished Agency, and nationally certified by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), the Oak Brook Park District provides the very best in park and recreational opportunities, facilities, and open lands for our community.