OAK BROOK – The Oak Brook Park District received multiple awards at the 2019 Soaring to New Heights Conference presented by the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.
The conference was Jan. 24 to 26 in Chicago.
Liz Littwin, corporate and community relations for the Oak Brook Park District, was recognized as the Rising Star of IPRA’s Communications and Marketing section. Each year, the section recognizes the outstanding efforts and leadership of a new member or a member who has stepped into a new role with the C&M Rising Star Award.
Her nomination stated that Littwin’s “vision and passion for the shared mission of our industry drives her to make influential connections within the private sector that punctuate and amplify the impactful and essential role of marketing and communications in parks and recreation.”
The park district’s marketing team was recognized for outstanding innovation in marketing and communications during the Agency Showcase Competition. Agency Showcase is the premier communications and marketing competition for park and recreation agencies in Illinois and highlights the industry’s best practices, unique designs and impactful communication materials. Oak Brook Park District earned second place in the public relations category and third place in the social media category.
Park officials were presented the 2018 IPRA Outstanding Facility and Park Award for renovations included in last year’s Central Park Improvement Project. The park district was recognized for its use of creative design and ingenuity to bring maximum recreational value to the park. The project included connectivity and accessibility improvements to the Central Park walking paths, the installation of a universal playground, and improving the Central Park sled hill.
Oak Brook resident Lara Suleiman was recognized with an IAPD/IPRA Community Service Award “in recognition and appreciation of outstanding contributions and unselfish devotion for the advancement of parks, recreation and leisure in the community and the state of Illinois” for her work in assisting with the development and funding of the park district’s inclusive Universal Playground.
“It was certainly an eventful year for the Oak Brook Park District, and it is inspiring to work with a team and community that is so committed to providing recreational programs, spaces and services that are truly designed to help our residents be their very best and feel their very best,” said Laure Kosey, Oak Brook Park District’s executive director.