Des Plaines Park District

Distinguished Accredited Agency


January, 2020

The Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Park and Recreation Association has recognized the Des Plaines Park District as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency for 2019-2024.  The accreditation is reserved for those agencies reflecting exemplary achievements and special facilities. Des Plaines is proud to join the other Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agencies.

More information about the process is available on the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association website Here.

“The Des Plaines Park District’s Board of Park Commissioners and staff are very proud of this achievement,” said Don Miletic, Executive Director. “Our goal is to improve the lives of our residents by providing high quality recreational opportunities and facilities, and by being good stewards of our natural resources and open spaces.”

Distinguished Park and Recreation Accreditation is the culmination of a voluntary comprehensive evaluation that reviews adherence to best practices within the profession, and compliance to Illinois laws governing park district administration. The review sets professional standards by which a district can increase operational efficiency and effectiveness. It provides an opportunity to update and clarify policies and procedures, and educate and evaluate staff performance.

Operational categories examined include general management effectiveness, finance and business operations, facilities and parks, staff, recreation services, and Board elected officials. The Des Plaines Park District’s scores exceeded the required scores in all categories for passing the standards review. The Park District excelled in five areas of operation including: Having outstanding agreements with neighboring agencies; A thorough revenue policy: Clean and well maintained parks; Exemplary information packets for new Park Board members and candidates; and Having a “Manual of Manuals” for easy staff reference.

“This accreditation acknowledges our staff’s professionalism and the district’s efficient and effective use of financial resources,” said Miletic. “Our continued focus is on both internal and external customer service to provide innovative and diverse recreational opportunities.”

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711