ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford Park District was recently recognized multiple times at the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Annual Conference. Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners accepted a plaque that recognizes agencies that have achieved Distinguished Accredited status. The Rockford Park District also submitted entries in eight categories to the IPRA Agency Showcase, a spirited competition spotlighting bright ideas exhibited by park, recreation, and conservation agencies.
The Rockford Park District was awarded the following:
• 1st place Overall Agency Showcase
• 1st place Logo Design for Ties & Tennies Together
• 2nd place Integrated Photography for Ties & Tennies Together
“This is the first time the Rockford Park District received first place for Overall Agency Showcase, so this is a big accomplishment. The IPRA Agency Showcase is a chance for our Marketing & Communications team to display unique ideas and creative concepts that are brought to life thanks to the great leadership by the park board, commitment of the District’s team members, valuable partners, and involved citizens who believe in the impact that parks and recreation have in their lives,” says Executive Director Tim Dimke.
The Rockford Park District earned 483 points out of a possible 500 points, with 470 being the minimum for awarding accreditation. “This program gives recognition to park and recreation agencies that go above and beyond in dedicating themselves to offering quality programs and services designed to fulfill their community’s needs,” said Debbie Trueblood, IPRA Executive Director.
In 2007, the Rockford Park District participated in the Distinguished Agency evaluation process for the first time. The re-accreditation status is valid through 2019.