Accredited park and recreation agencies undergo a detailed process of application and evaluation to ensure they’ve met state guidelines to provide exceptional park and recreation services to their community. A joint accreditation committee reviews general management procedures, finance and business operations, personnel, recreation services, legal documentation and other materials including mission statements, goals and safety manuals.
The award is administered 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.
IAPD is a non-profit service, research and education organization that serves park districts, forest preserves, conservation, and recreation agencies. The association advances these agencies, their citizen board members, and professional staff in their ability to provide outstanding park and recreation opportunities, preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois.