Northbrook Park District • 545 Academy Drive • Northbrook, IL 60062 • 847·291·2960 •  nbparks.org
 

Awards and Recognition

2014

Marketing and Communication Department
First-Place Award for Print Communication, 3rd place for Marketing Campaign Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Agency Showcase

Sportsman’s Country Club
Michael Wenzel, PGA Director of Instruction, received 2013 Top 50 Kids Teacher Award from U.S. Kids Golf

2013

Parks and Planning Department
Received accreditation, highest award from Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA)

Sportsman’s Country Club
Michael Wenzel, PGA Director of Instruction, named “One of Best Teachers in State” by Golf Digest

Administration/Finance Division—Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
from Government Finance Officers Association

Performing Arts Department
Awarded $10,025 grant from Illinois Arts Council Agency for Northbrook Theatre operating support

Northbrook Sports Center
2013 Outstanding Facility Award for National Event Participation from Ice Skating Institute

Northbrook Sports Center
Teams Elite—ISI National Synchronized Skating Champions

  • Jr. Youth Formation
  • Youth Advanced Formation
  • Youth Skating
  • Senior Youth Skating

Northbrook Sports Center
Leisure Services Supervisor Heather Aseltine inducted into the Park District Sports Hall of Fame

2012

Sportsman’s Country Club
Michael Wenzel, PGA Director of Instruction, received 2012 Top 50 Kids Teacher Award from U.S. Kids Golf

Marketing and Communication Department
First-Place Awards for Overall Showcase, Social Media and Green Marketing
Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Agency Showcase

Northbrook-On-Ice—2012 IPRA Outstanding Special Event Award

Administration/Finance Division—Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
from Government Finance Officers Association

PGA Professionals at Sportsman’s Country Club honored for custom club fitting
Two Pros named PING Regional Club Fitter of the Year

2011
Village Green Field Named Schools and Parks Baseball Field of the Year
Sports Turf Managers Association

Marketing and Communications Department—1st Place Award in Photo Contest
IAPD/IPRA’s “Give Us Your Best Shot” photo contest, Sports category

Northbrook Sports Center
Selected by Ice Skating Institute (ISI) to host national event—Winter Classic
Program supervisor Heather Aseltine elected to ISI Scholarship Selection Board

Northbrook Sports Center—Teams Elite
ISI National Synchro Jr. Youth Formation Champions   
ISI National Synchro Youth Skating Champions

Northbrook Sports Center—Icette Program
ISI National Synchro Dance Sr. Youth Champions
ISI National Synchro Dance Teen Champions

Sportsman’s Country Club
Michael Wenzel, PGA Director of Instruction, received 2011 Junior Golf Leader Award from the Illinois PGA

Performing Arts Department
Illinois Arts Council Grant of $10,000 (15th consecutive year for grant)


2010
Performing Arts Department
Illinois Arts Council Grant of $8,000

Administration/Finance Department—Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Government Finance Officers Association for Excellence in Budget Presentation (10th straight year)

5-Star Lifeguard Award from Starfish Aquatics Institute
Meadowhill Aquatic Center and Northbrook Sports Center Pool

NSSRA Shining Star 2010 Partner Agency of the Year

Winter Carnival2010 IPRA Outstanding Special Event Award

Northbrook Sports Center—Teams Elite
ISI National Synchro Youth Skating Champions

Administration/Finance DepartmentCertificate of Achievement from Government Finance Officers Association for Excellence in Financial Reporting
(17th straight year, 1993-2009).

2010 Northbrook Speed Skating Club Olympians
Three speedskaters from Northbrook Sports Center competed in Winter Olympics: Brian Hansen – silver medal in Men's Long Track Team Pursuit; Lana Gehring—bronze medal in Women's Short Track Relay; Mitch Whitmore—36th in Men's Long Track 500 meter event.

Illinois Park & Recreation Association "No Employee Left Behind Award"
For commitment to employees’ well-being


2009
Illinois Arts Council Grant
Grant of $6,580 to the Performing Arts Department

Northbrook Sports Center—Teams Elite
Junior Youth Synchronized Skating Team Champions
Youth Synchronized Formation Skating Team Champions

Administration/Finance Department—Distinguished Presentation Award
Government Finance Officers Association for Excellence in Budget Presentation (9th straight year)

Northbrook Sports Center
Skating Coordinator Laila Schlesinger named Skating Director of the Year by Ice Skating Institute

Commissioner of the Year
Mary Ann Chambers honored by Illinois Association of Park Districts for 2008


2008
Techny Prairie Park and Fields—Merit Award in Public Design
by Illinois Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

Performing Arts Department/Theatre ― Illinois Arts Council grant (12th straight year)

Performing Arts Department/Theatre ― Target Corporation grant (3rd straight year) for
bus transportation


Environmental Award for Activities on the Trail Through Time
Great Lakes Region of the National Parks and Recreation Association

Northbrook Sports Center ― Teams Elite, Skating Team—
Junior Youth National Synchronized Skating Champions

Sportsman’s Country Club/Golf ― Runner-up, Rennovation of the Year

Communications Department ― 1st Place Award for Excellence
Web Offset Association, for Publication Excellence, Layout, Design and Printing, Winter Recreation Guide, 2007-8

Communications Department ― National Apex Award
Communications Concepts, Inc., for Publication Excellence, Layout & Design, Winter Recreation Guide, 2007

Communications Department ― National Apex Award
Communications Concepts, Inc., for Publication Excellence, Layout & Design, Challenge Programs Pamphlet, 2007


2007
Teams Elite - Youth Synchronized Formation Team ― 1st Place, ISI World Recreational Team Championship
Northbrook Sports Center team finished 3rd out of 125 teams

Administration/Finance Department ― Aaa Bond Rating
Moody’s Investor’s Service for Credit rating on outstanding debt
(Northbrook Park District was the only such agency in the state to receive this rating beginning in 2004)

Performing Arts Department/Theatre ― Illinois Arts Council grant

District Loss Control Program Accreditation, 2007-2008
Illinois Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA)

Communications Department ― Photography Awards
from Illinois Park and Recreation Association: first place to Communications Manager Tom Sprtel for landscapes, second place to Staff Photographer Carol Harrington for sports/cycling


2006
Meritorious Service Award from American Park And Recreation Society
presented to Park Board Commissioner Penny Randel for her volunteer work on behalf of parks and recreation

Communications Department ― National Apex Award, 2006
Communications Concepts, Inc., for Publication Excellence, Layout & Design,
Spring/Summer Recreation Guide


2005
Trail Through Time ― Outstanding Facility and Parks Award
Illinois Park and Recreation Association

Communications Department ― National Apex Award
Communications Concepts, Inc., for Publication Excellence, Writing/Editing and overall layout/design of the May Residential Newsletter


2004
Performing Arts Department/Theatre ― Excellence in Theatre Award
Glenbrook High School for Excellence in Theatre Teaching and Production

Communications Department ― National Apex Award
Communications Concepts, Inc., for Publication Excellence, Writing and Editing, March Residential Newsletter

Communications Department ― National Apex Award
Communications Concepts, Inc., for Publication Excellence, Layout & Design, Fall 2004 Recreation Guide

Senior Center Department ― Certificate of Achievement
100 Club for Best Sellers Circle

Senior Center Department ― Dedicated Service Award
AARP for 55 Alive Drivers Course

District Award ― Illinois Distinguished Agency Award 2004-2009
Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Parks and Recreation Association
Exceptional Dedication to all Citizens of the Northbrook Community in
Providing Recreational Opportunities


2003
Communications Department ― Regional Best Feature Story Writing
Best Feature Story in Residential Newsletter—“Back To The Basics” Great Lake Region, National Parks and Recreation Association

Communications Department ― National Apex Award
Communications Concepts, Inc., for Publication Excellence, Layout & Design, Residential Newsletter—Series

Senior Center Department ― Certificate of Appreciation
Northbrook Knitters from Linus Organization


2002

Northbrook Sports Center/Ice Skating Department ― Spirit Award
Glenbrook North Spartans and NBK Blue Hawks League for recognition of outstanding service and dedication towards the development and success of youth hockey in the community

Communications Department ― National Apex Award
Communications Concepts, Inc., for Publication Excellence, Layout & Design, Winter Recreation Guide


2001
Communications Department ― National Apex Award
Communications Concepts, Inc., for Publication Excellence, Layout & Design, Winter Recreation Guide

Communications Department ― International Golden Web Award
International Association of Web Masters and Designers—Website Layout & Design

Northbrook Sports Center/Ice Skating Department ― Outstanding Program Award
Illinois Parks and Recreation Association for “SPICE Ice Skating Program”


2000
Communications Department ― International Golden Web Award
International Association of Web Masters and Designers for Park District Website Layout & Design


1996
Northbrook Park District ― National Gold Medal Award
National Sports Foundation, Inc. for Excellence in the field of Park and Recreation Management


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