Illinois Distinguished Agency
The Deerfield Park District has been recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA). The two statewide associations administer the Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program with the goal of improving the delivery of park and recreation services to Illinois residents. A park district or recreation agency interested in applying for Distinguished Accredited Agency recognition undergoes a detailed, lengthy process of application and evaluation. A Joint Distinguished Park and Recreation Accreditation Committee comprised of members from IAPD and IPRA coordinates the process. The team reviews general management procedures, finance and business operations, facilities and parks, personnel, recreation services, legal documentation and other materials including mission statements, goals, and safety manuals.
StarGuard Elite, our aquatic risk prevention agency, performed an audit at the pool last week and the Mitchell Pool guards received a five-star rating (the highest score possible).
Criteria: The auditor watches our guards ensuring they are focused, keeping the 30-second scan standard and following other strict StarGuard rules. Auditors also watch to make sure there is a strong management presence on the pool deck, ensuring the guards are following proper procedures and protocols taught during their Lifeguard Training and also watch to ensure guards are answering patron questions in a timely and courteous fashion.
During the second part of the audit, the auditor announces themselves to the staff. They then have the guards run realistic scenarios to ensure their skills are top-notch. Guards were tested on first aid, solo CPR, a spinal removal from the pool and a full-on unconscious water scenario.
We are so grateful for our top-notch Lifeguards and Managers.
ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF PARK DISTRICT’S BEST OF THE BEST PARTNERSHIP AWARD
This award is intended to recognize non-governmental organizations (churches, YMCAs, foundations, associations, not-for-profits, corporations, etc.) that have collaborated with a park district, forest preserve, conservation, recreation or special recreation agency in a significant manner, thereby enabling the public agency to initiate a major capital improvement program, or pursue a campaign, initiative or project that enhanced residents quality of life and would not have been achievable without this partnership.
The unique partnership between the WNBA Chicago Sky and the Deerfield Park District began in 2011 when a portion of the 100,000 square foot Sachs Recreation Center became the Sky’s practice facility. This relationship has created numerous benefits for the park district and the community including rental of space from SRC by the Chicago Sky, event attendance by Chicago Sky representatives promoting healthy and active lifestyles, public speaking and specialty workshops, media exposure and athletic inspiration. We are thankful and proud of the time, talent and resources shared by the Chicago Sky and look forward to continuing this vital partnership.
Each year, the AISC Association of Illinois Senior Centers recognizes two centers in Illinois that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to helping seniors maintain and improve their physical, mental and emotional health. In 2018, Patty Turner Center was selected as one of AISC’s Mind, Body, and Spirit recipients!
Flourishing with 865 members, services and activities are provided for adults age 50 and above Our staff creates a friendly, welcoming, inviting facility for the members and guests. The center offers over 40 recreation programs each month to encourage healthy lifestyles. Additionally, support groups are offered for caregivers, those with low vision and Alzheimers. PTC also houses a lending closet to assist the physical well-being of the members.
Social theme dinners, 25 clubs and drop-in recreation for billiards and ping-pong provide patrons with activities that continue to stimulate their minds, offer dexterity and provide recreation and social outlets. Our staff work as a cohesive team to provide a balance of options to enhance the mind, body and spirit of all who enter the Patty Turner Center.
Illinois Association of Park district’s Helen Doria Arts In the Park Award
The Arts in the Park Award recognizes agencies (park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies) that support the arts and partner with artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities. Applications are evaluated according to criteria including equity of access to arts programming among all citizens, variety of artistic opportunities and experiences across multiple disciplines, evidence of collaboration with a broad range of partners including teaching artists and organizations, integration of the arts in non-arts programs, diversity of ethnic and cultural programming represented, long-term commitment to arts in the community, development of new relationships with arts providers and experimentation with innovative program offerings, sustained relationships with existing arts partners, community impact and engagement and press coverage highlighting the importance of the arts in the community.
The Deerfield Community is crazy about the arts! From public/private partnerships to offering 168 fine arts, theater and dance programs each year to playing a vital role in the Village of Deerfield’s Fine Arts Commission, one can visit Deerfield at any time and see how the efforts of providing a wide range of cultural art programs at all levels is truly a community effort. We are thrilled to have received the 2017 Helen Doria Arts in the Park Award.