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October 2016


Park District Recognized for Collaboration Efforts

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By Deborah L. Vence

St. Charles Park District in Illinois recently earned a prestigious award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) for intergovernmental collaboration.

The Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) awarded the St. Charles Park District its coveted Intergovernmental Award for the park district's extensive and dedicated collaboration with Community Unit School District 303 for managing the John B. Norris Recreation Center's programs, memberships and services.

The award is presented to an agency that has created a successful intergovernmental agreement to maximize tax dollars and benefit residents throughout the community.

"We are very excited to receive this award," stated Holly Cabel, director of parks and recreation for the St. Charles Park District, in a press release. "This partnership is a win-win for both entities. We have a long-standing partnership with the school district to enrich the quality of life for our residents."

The new facilities give the park district the opportunity to expand its recreational services by adding indoor tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool to give residents the year-round option, as well as access to a fitness center with a dedicated fitness studio, cardio equipment, free- and machine-weights, and an indoor cycling room.

In December 2015, the park district and school district entered into an intergovernmental agreement. The school district retained ownership of the physical building and property.

"The cooperation between District 303 and the St. Charles Park District on the Norris Recreation Center is an example of more than just the outstanding relationship between our two organizations," stated Dr. Don Schlomann, District 303 superintendent of schools, in a press release. "This level of cooperation also exists among other governmental bodies in St. Charles. It is one of the many things that make St. Charles a great place to live and work," he said.

Park district and school district representatives will accept the award at the IAPD's 9th Annual Best of the Best Awards Gala on Oct. 21 at the Wheeling Park District's Chevy Chase Country Club.

Based in Springfield, the IAPD has been serving park districts, forest preserves, conservation and recreation agencies since 1928. The IAPD is the oldest and most successful statewide association of its kind in the nation. As a grassroots organization, IAPD's voice for parks, recreation and conservation is strong and respected throughout Illinois and the United States.

John B. Norris Recreation Center offers group fitness classes, child care services, personal training and massage therapy.


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