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Community Service Awards (2014) 2015

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The Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association annually present Community Service Awards to individuals and organizations in recognition and appreciation of their outstanding contribution and unselfish devotion for the advancement of parks, recreation and leisure in the community and the state of Illinois.  
 
Too often, we are consumed with our day-to-day tasks and forget to recognize the good work of others that helps make our successes possible. Tonight we celebrate our partnerships with citizens and community organizations that contribute to our mission of providing quality parks and recreation experiences to the residents of  Oak Park.  Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients of the  IAPD/IPRA Community Service Awards.
 
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
 
The Irving PTO  was recognized for building partnerships and community support for the installation of a synthetic turf field at Irving School. The installation of a new U10 synthetic turf field has been a boon for local soccer programming and school physical education activities. The Irving PTO’s commitment to building key partnerships and raising funds combined with their advocacy efforts across Oak Park have made this long-time vision a reality.
 
IMG_9678The Ridgeland Common Working Group worked selflessly for over 7 years to make the vision of a new RCRC a reality. This group, made up of problem solvers, strategists, community leaders and experts in their chosen fields, worked diligently for the betterment of our community and in the best interest of the Park District. Their hard work and dedication culminated in the grand opening of the Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex on June 14, 2014,  seven-plus years in the making.  
 

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 Dan Jordan has held many positions with AYSO, including Regional Commissioner, in his 15 years of service, positively impacting the lives of thousands of Oak Park children.  AYSO is a recreational soccer league in which everyone who wants to play can.  The only requirements are interest and enthusiasm, and Dan has applied those same requirements to his volunteering. Dan has given countless hours and energy towards running and improving youth soccer in Oak Park.  Under his watchful eye, the league has grown to over 1,700 kids, the largest youth league in town, and on any given Saturday in the fall there are over 80 games being played by kids age 6-18.  And, with his guidance, they have added a spring league which serves over 800 soccer-loving youth of Oak Park. 
 
The Community Service Awards were presented at the February 19 Board of Commissioners meeting. 
 
 

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