Park District earns awards


OREGON – The Oregon Park District recently attended the annual Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Park and Recreation Association conference in Chicago.

IPRA presented their 2018 Outstanding Program or Special Event Award in both Division I and Overall program to the Oregon Park District for their Farm to Table event held in July 2018.

The Farm to Table event was held at Oak Lane, Oregon this past summer and offered a unique dining experience. Local celebrity chefs prepared dinner featuring fresh, local ingredients. The four-course dinner was paired with wine and was held as a fundraiser for the Oregon Park District Scholarship Fund.

The Outstanding Program or Special Event Award recognizes public agencies for their exceptional and unique achievements in program development and implementation.

“The Oregon Park District is honored to receive recognition for the Farm to Table Dinner,” said Erin Folk, executive director. “Our employees are our greatest asset and I am pleased to see them recognized for their creativity and professionalism when developing programs for our community to enjoy.  The event would not have been possible without the dedication of our staff, the volunteers, celebrity chefs and event sponsors.”

The Oregon Park District’s nomination scored the highest number of points from any other park, recreation or conservation agency in not only their division but all divisions and from across the State of Illinois. The award was accepted by Tina Ketter, superintendent of recreation and Debbie Leffelman, event coordinator.