Annual Report 2018 - Page 9

Partnerships The District actively develops relationships with other government agencies, not-for-profits and businesses in order to benefit residents through cooperative services, programs and facilities. The Conservation Foundation The Park District partnered with the Village and The Conservation Foundation to host community workshops on Nature Rx and improving sustainability at home, held a rain barrel sale, introduced a new native tree and plant sale, and organized a sustainable garden tour featuring five Glen Ellyn homes. WDSRA The Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) is a collaboration of nine park districts including Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Carol Stream, Naperville, Winfield, West Chicago, Roselle and Bloomingdale. WDSRA offers direction, programming, and support for the special needs patrons in relation to recreation. Programs include assistance to special needs participants in Park District programs, adapt-a-sports, life skills, special events and fitness/well-being. In 2018, the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Lakers Travel Soccer program partnered to offer the first WDSRA-Lakers Soccer Event at Ackerman SFC. Close to 200 people participated in an August afternoon filled with soccer games, laughter, high fives, and fun. Glenbard High School District 87 The Park District and District 87 have a combined intergovernmental agreement allowing shared use of facilities and fields. This benefits both constituents while maximizing community assets and minimizing expenses. Glen Ellyn School District 41 and Community Consolidated School District 89 The Park District and School Districts 89 and 41 have intergovernmental agreements allowing some shared use of facilities and fields. Additionally, the Park District provides maintenance services for some of their properties. College of DuPage Glen Ellyn Park District and College of DuPage have partnered to offer Ackerman SFC members an exclusive opportunity. Active Ackerman SFC fitness members may now purchase a lap swimming monthly membership to swim at College of DuPage’s indoor pool for just $15 per member per month. Village of Glen Ellyn The Park District and the Village continue to collaborate and partner to improve services and reduce expenses. Examples include stormwater management, marketing, snow removal storage, fuel purchase, road salt, open space, planning and development, environmental services, special events, and programming. Cooperative Programs The Park District works with other local park districts, as well as organizations within the community, in order to offer a wider variety of programs to our residents. » Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks The Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which solicits support for the Glen Ellyn Park District through volunteerism, gifts and grants, and planned giving opportunities. A Board of Directors consisting of local community members acts to improve the quality of life for the residents utilizing the Park System. Learn more: www.gepark.org/friends