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Cary Park District Receives Distinguished Accreditation Agency Award

The Cary Park District has been named a Distinguished Accreditation Agency by the Accreditation Review Board of IAPD and IPRA.

The Cary Park District has been named a Distinguished Accreditation Agency by the Accreditation Review Board of Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.

It is the highest accreditation possible in the state of Illinois for a park and recreation agency. The goal of this accreditation program is to improve the delivery of recreation services to the residents of Illinois through a voluntary comprehensive evaluation process. 

The desired result is to improve the quality of life for Illinois residents and to recognize those agencies that provide this quality service.

The Cary Park District is one of only 64 park and recreation agencies in the state that have received this award. It was the first agency in McHenry County to receive this designation, and the only agency in McHenry County to have been awarded the honor three times.

“We are honored to once again be recognized by our peers as a Distinguished
Accreditation Agency,” said Cary Park District Executive Director Dan Jones. “This achievement is the result of a great deal of hard work by the Board of Commissioners and all the staff of the Cary Park District.  To accomplish this takes an agency-wide commitment, and we hope the outcome of these efforts is the highest quality recreational programs and park amenities for the residents we serve.”

The Distinguished Accreditation review process requires an agency to complete and participate in an extensive and detailed review in six critical categories: General Management, Finance and Business, Operations, Facilities and Parks, Personnel, Recreation Services, and Legal.  

A team of five members from the Accreditation Review Committee spent a day onsite reviewing support materials and touring parks and facilities to determine compliance with the standards. 

This comprehensive review targets the overall and departmental organizational structures, administrative and operational procedures, policy manuals, employee training, parks and open spaces and services for special needs participants.

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