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Our Accomplishments

FY2021

Facility Upgrades and Projects:
  • Completion of the Recreation Center remodel which includes new vestibule, fitness center, registration desk, office space, and mailroom.
  • Continued with the implementation of pollinator plants to our landscape improvements in parks and at facilities
  • Replaced four parking lot lights in Recreation Center Parking lot with energy efficient lights
  • Park signage was repainted at all of the Park District park locations
  • Developed a monitoring plan for the Ferry Creek Wetlands to examine the growth of native plant species and reduction of invasive plant species
  • Provided an ADA accessible route from the new front door entrance to the elevator from Room 201
  • Constructed and installed lighted 3 panel rolling marketing boards in the front of the Recreation Center
  • Feature wall in lower level of the Recreation Center was installed displaying the District’s mission, vision and values
Staff Recognition & Committees:
  • Superintendent of Recreation Odom served on the Warrenville Friends of 4th Committee; and served as a liaison to the Warrenville Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
  • Recreation Supervisor Brackmann served on the WDSRA Inclusion Committee
  • Athletic and Facility Supervisor Weiner served as a Park and Recreation mentor as part of the NRPA/AAPRA Mentoring Program
  • Parks Supervisor Jordan served as the Affiliate Liaison for Warrenville Girls Softball and Warrenville Athletic Association
  • Superintendent of Recreation Odom/Executive Director Reinbold served as the Affiliate Liaison for WMC Productions
  • Executive Director Reinbold served as the Affiliate Liaison for Early Childhood Development Center; served as board member for Western DuPage Special Recreation Association; served on the Illinois Parks and Recreation Foundation (IPRF) Special Events Committee; served as events chair on IPRA Joint Conference Committee; sat on newly established committee that set the groundwork for the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness Commission which promotes initiatives and programs that inspire inclusivity, diversity, and equity in Warrenville; and was the chairman of the Joint Section Golf Outing which raised over $10,000 that will benefit the Illinois Parks and Recreation Foundation for student and professional scholarships
  • Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Supervisor Dagley served on Suburban Parks and Recreation Association Board as President and co-chair of membership and student/intern relations; and served on the Board of Regents for IPRA Professional Development School
  • Registration/Administrative Services Manager Savage attended the Rec Chat Webinar series and continues to work with VSI 3.1 user group and office manager group to share ideas and resources and attended Software Symposium September 2020
  • Marketing and Special Events Supervisor Potter earned her National Recreation and Parks Association Marketing Certification; served on the Board of Regents for IPRA Pro Connect Mentorship Program; served as Board Secretary for IPRA Communications and Marketing Section; and served as a member of the Agency Showcase Taskforce Committee
  • Received an Illinois ARTS Council Grant to assist with funding for all performing arts – $6,100
  • Executive Director Reinbold and Executive Assistant/HR Manager Thrawl completed FOIA and OMA training
  • Executive Director Reinbold, Superintendent of Finance and Technology Straka, and Executive Assistant/HR Manager Thrawl attended the Legal Symposium in Oakbrook conducted by IAPD
  • Superintendent of Finance and Technology Straka served on the IPRA Finance Committee; served on the PDRMA Health Benefits Committee
Recreation Programming:
  • Partnered with Two Brothers to hold Annual Brew Trot in the fall of 2020, reaching max capacity of 100 due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions at that time.
  • Art on the Prairie was reconfigured to follow COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor events, making us one of the only communities in the Northern Illinois area to hold an arts festival in 2020.
  • Reimagined Holly Days into Holly Days Drive Thru, featuring a tree decorating contest for community organizations, professional carolers, fire trucks, Santa Claus in our inflatable snow globe, pre-packaged craft activities and hot cocoa and cookies. An estimated 1,000 vehicles attended the event.
  • Introduced new and/or modified events and programs that were safe and socially-distanced, including the Summertime Stroll, Lunchtime Live, Movies in the Park, Boredom Buster Bags, Family Campfire Kits, ISpy Ghost Hunt, Boo-To-You-Parade, Zoom Calls with Santa and Mrs. Claus and Reindeer Rescue.
  • Held virtual Firecracker 5K with 87 participating and made a donation to WDSRA with a portion of the proceeds. 
  • Continued partnership with Johnson Elementary school for the Mighty Acorns program through the Conservation Foundation
  • Continued to foster relationship with outside organizations including The Conservation Foundation and the Forest Preserve District to offer programming and stewardship work
  • Modified the structure of our normal Fall soccer league to Intra-Squad Youth Fall Soccer Scrimmages at Grace Church
  • Reconfigured the Summer Camp structure, group format and hours to follow CDC and IDPH guidelines and allow for the program to run with an average of 30 participants each week
  • Received an Illinois Arts Council CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant for $3,000 which assisted in covering staff payroll to complete the delayed Winter-Spring session and dance show
  • Began bi-weekly curbside lunch pick up for active adults in November of 2020
  • Developed a FitnessNOW standalone website, www.fitnessnowwpd.com
  • Overall, 70 players have participated in youth in-house and travel basketball this season 
  • For the third year we held three movies in the parks over the summer months
  • Created reservation system for FitnessNOW that enables us to effectively track usage and adhere to capacity limits in a given timeframe
  • Partnered with a new travel Basketball Coordinator, Erin Dwyer (head coach of St. Francis High School’s boys team), to start the Spartan Travel Basketball program
  • In the midst of COVID-19, ran safe and successful Summer and Fall Men’s and Co-Ed Softball leagues at full strength
Safety and Risk Management:
  • Received $1,500 award from PDRMA for achieving Level A Status on our last Loss Control Review
  • Safety Committee Members attended PDRMA’s virtual annual Risk Management Institute
  • Received grant from PDRMA for the purchase of a rolling scaffold
  • Installed ADA approved handrails to the interior stairwells from the lower level to the upper level in the WCB

Awards

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
2012-2020 for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA) Accreditation Award
2009-2020 in recognition of its Loss Control Program Review – Excellence Level A

Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) / Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Distinguished Agency Award
2015, 2020

Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) Exceptional Workplace Award
2013, 2018

Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) Rising Star Award
2019 Sheri Potter, Communications & Marketing Section

Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Master Board Member Award
2019 Colin Wilkie

Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Best of the Best Award
2017 Best Friend of Illinois Parks Small Business – NorthStar Credit Union

Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) Professional of the Year
2017 Tim Reinbold, Administration & Finance Section

Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Outstanding Facility Award
2005 Recreation Center

Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Agency Showcase for Marketing, Design & Public Relations
2005 Logo Design

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