The Lombard Park District is proud to have been selected as a recipient for both the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) Accreditation.


GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award:

Awarded to the Lombard Park District for a fourth consecutive year by the GFOA, this recognition represents significant achievement in the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the Lombard Park District had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.

These guidelines were designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Budget documents had to receive a rating of “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation was presented to Jason S. Myers, Director of Finance and Personnel.


CAPRA Accreditation:

Awarded to the Lombard Park District by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), CAPRA accredits park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. The Lombard Park District was one of twelve agencies to newly receive accreditation and met all 151 CAPRA standards.

Sara Hensley presented this at NRPA’s 2016 BEST of the BEST Ceremony:

“For 22 years, park and recreation agencies have been inspired and challenged to reach the highest standards in the field. Agencies who achieve accreditation have effectively met ACPRA’s 151 standards related to the policies, planning, management and administration of every part of our field. This is not an easy task.

The CAPRA process requires the involvement of staff, elected officials, citizens and community partners in the development of master plans and programs.

Agencies that complete this process go above and beyond to serve their communities and represent the best in the field.”

The Lombard Park District is honored to be recognized for achieving national standards that benefit the community.