2020 PRESENTED CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the Downers Grove Park District and created unexpected challenges and opportunities. Through it all, the Downers Grove Park District remained committed to providing exceptional parks and recreation experiences to the community following CDC guidelines and state mitigation measures.

To remain fiscally responsible and financially strong, the District quickly pivoted to prioritize programs and services, evaluated planned projects and offset expenses. Guided by our mission, the District focused on offering essential programs and services for residents to safely enjoy through this difficult time.

One unexpected impact of the pandemic was the overwhelming demand for recreation-based experiences, especially outdoor activities. There has never been a time that parks and recreation has felt more essential.

Through hard work and creativity, our team quickly adapted to ongoing changes and difficult circumstances. We are proud of our past achievements that would not be possible without the outstanding support of residents and our community partners. The District looks forward to 2021 as we continue to safely and responsibly navigate the pandemic as we return to normalcy and do what we do best--offer exceptional recreation, parks and facilities that inspire memorable experiences.


VIEW THE 2019 ACCOMPLISHMENts

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Awards

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
    • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 For its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
  • Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA) Accreditation Award
    • 2011 to 2013; 2014 to 2017 In Recognition of its Loss Control Program Review - Excellence Level A
  • Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA)
    • 2020: Exceptional Workplace Award
  • Illinois Association of Park Districts
    • 2020 PowerPlay! Grant: $1,000
  • ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum
    • 2019: Awarded a Level I Accreditation
  • Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Best of the Best
    • 2019 Outstanding Citizen Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Gordon Goodman
  • Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Agency Showcase Awards for Marketing, Design & Public Relations
    • 2019 Logo (1st Place)
    • 2019 People's Choice Award
    • 2019 Brochure Series (3rd Place)
    • 2014 Electronic Communication
    • 2014 Website (1st Place)
    • 2011 Outstanding Submission - Print Communication
  • Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Agency Outstanding Program or Special Event Award - Division II
    • 2014 Ongoing Program for the Movie Magic: Celebrating 86 Years of the Tivoli Theatre Exhibition
  • Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Agency Outstanding Sustainability and Conservation Program Award
    • 2015 Division I Environmental Education - Lyman Woods Apiary Program
  • Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Agency Outstanding Facility and Parks Award
    • 2011 Fishel Park - Veterans Memorial Pavilion
  • American Public Works Association (APWA) Project of the Year Award
    • 2012 Environment Less Than $5 Million - Barth Pond Shoreline Improvements
  • Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) Award of Excellence
    • 2012 Making Girl Scout History Exhibition
    • 2016 Virtual Tour Digital Project
  • Award of Merit
    • 2011 History Camp on the Road Program
    • 2014 Catalog Homes of Downers Grove Exhibition
    • 2015 Movie Magic: Celebrating 86 Years of the Tivoli Theatre Exhibition
    • 2015 Photographic Re-Housing and Digitalization Project
  • The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas
    • 2018 Best Green Fleet - #43