Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency

The Skokie Park District has been certified five times as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency by the Illinois Park & Recreation Association and by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. The goal of the program is to improve the delivery of recreation services to the residents of Skokie through a voluntary comprehensive evaluation process and to improve the quality of life for Skokie residents. The process takes one to two years and includes a site visit by an experienced statewide evaluation team. State accreditations are good for five years.


National Gold Medal Award

The Skokie Park District has applied for the the National Gold Medal award for excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) five times since 1979 and has been a (top four) finalist four times. The application process is long and rigorous, and involves significant staff time and financial resources. The award is the highest honor given out by NRPA and recognizes agencies that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, and professional development. The district no longer applies for this award, but continues to participate in an exacting evaluation process through the Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency program (above).

National Gold Medal Award Finalist and Winner

State 'Champions for Change' Award, 2021

Recognized for unique and exemplary practices of increasing access, and fostering diversity and inclusion within the community and organization. Story here.

Other Recent Awards

State Gold Circle of Quality to TLC –– 2023

North American Financial Reporting Award –– 2002-2023

National Aquatic Pro of the Month –– 2023

State Website Award: Second Place –– 2023

Weissburg Park achieves global arboretum status –– 2022

State Short Form Video Award –– 2021

Skokie Sports Park a Top 50 Golf Range in America –– 1998-2022 

District awarded for Covid-19 response –– 2021

State Photo Award –– 2021

State Website Award: First Place / State Sports Photo Award –– 2020

State Program Guide Award: First Place and 'Best in Show' –– 2014

National 5-Star Aquatics Safety Award –– 2014

State 'Exceptional Workplace' Award –– 2013

State Renovated Facility Award: First Place –– 2012

State Leadership Award to Nature Center manager –– 2012