Lombard Park District Earns GFOA Award and CAPRA Accreditation

Lombard Park District Earns GFOA Award and CAPRA Accreditation

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.

Kiddie Campus hosts Splash Pad Day

Kiddie Campus hosts Splash Pad Day

A favorite summertime activity is the Sunset Knoll Splash Pad and Kiddie Campus Preschool is hosting a fun afternoon of games, crafts, raffles, splashing in the water, and an opportunity to meet staff.

It’s a great opportunity to meet some kids and their parents if your child is enrolled or thinking about enrolling in the upcoming school year. This free event is held on Wednesday, July 13 from 1:30-3:00 pm at Sunset Knoll Splash Pad and open for everyone.

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.”

– Diane Ackerman

Lombard Garden Club presents donation for Monarch Waystations

Lombard Garden Club presents donation for Monarch Waystations

The Lombard Park District would like to take an opportunity to thank the Lombard Garden Club for their donation of $450. Presented by Garden Club Member, Rose Roth, at the June 28, 2016 Board Meeting, the donation helps fund signage and certification for the Monarch Waystations found in 13 of our parks.

According to Monarchwatch.org, during the fall season, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico and California until springlike conditions arrive. The Monarch Waystations are habitats that contain milkweed, which provides resources necessary for spring and summer breeding. The nectar provides energy for their migration. Unfortunately, the milkweed habitats remaining in fields, pastures, prairies, and grasslands is not sufficient to sustain the large monarch population. Providing waystations helps increase the milkweed population, which in turn provides conservation and continuation for the Monarch Butterfly.

Take Time for Tots Day

Take Time for Tots Day

Take Time for Tots Day

We’re gearing up for Take Time for Tots Day on March 12 from 10 am – 12 pm at Sunset Knoll Recreation Center. Join the Lombard Park District and a variety of businesses geared for tots and children up to age eight for arts and crafts, a bounce house, pony rides, information about safety, and other fun activities.

This parent/tot event is sponsored Pioneer Childcare, Rock Star Jumpers, Culver’s of Lombard, Gionario’s Pizza & Pasta, Nick Janet – State Farm, Bob Goldin – State Farm.

Here’s a look at Take Time for Tots Day from 2015.

Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.

– Fred Rogers

Junior Dribblers Basketball League

Junior Dribblers Basketball League

The Lombard Park District hosts Youth Basketball Leagues for kids grades Kindergarten through High School. Participants learn basketball skills and teamwork, while having fun with friends; new and old. Below is a variety of photos from a recent Junior Dribblers practice and game. These Kindergartners are having a great time. A huge thank you to Venu Bhetanabhotla for taking these wonderful photos and sharing with us.

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”

– Michael Jordan