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Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

The Plainfield Park District seeks to enhance lives through equitable and accessible exceptional recreation opportunities for all.

Our Vision

We aspire to be innovative, diverse, and inclusive in administration, recreation and preservation.

Our Values

Community

  • A commitment to working together in partnerships for betterment of the community
  • Development of an understanding of the recreational needs of the community
  • Effective communication across useful avenues to reach the community

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Wise spending practices
  • Strategic budgeting process
  • An understanding of local economy

Stewardship of Natural Resources

  • The preservation of open space
  • The development of parks in a respectful manner
  • A strong commitment to green and sustainable approaches and opportunities

Health & Wellness

  • Promotion of a lifestyle of fitness for different segments of the community
  • Provide programs that fulfill the needs and desires of a healthy community
  • Ensure recreational opportunities for healthy living with wellness partnerships

Diversity, Equitability, and Inclusiveness

  • Recognize and understand that diversity in the community brings great richness to the quality of life within our District.
  • Be committed to expanding our awareness of and sensitivity to the importance of diversity
  • Continue to create an inclusive and welcoming parks system for all our residents and visitors to enjoy facilities, amenities, and programs.
  • Continual commitment to actively lead, partner, and support community initiatives that promote structural change.

The Plainfield Park District…

  • Is a separate and distinct public agency with the primary purpose of providing park sites and facilities, as well as recreation programs and services, to meet the needs of all residents of the district.
  • Is empowered by State statute to levy taxes, issue bonds, accept gifts and donations, and collect fees to provide park and recreation facilities and programs.
  • Encompasses all of Plainfield Township and portions of Wheatland Township in Will County and Na-Au-Say Township in Kendall County, including areas of Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Plainfield and Romeoville, as well as some unincorporated areas.
  • Covers more than 40 square miles and serves a population of more than 100,000 people.
  • Is the 9th largest park district in the state of Illinois based on population served.
  • Maintains more than 90 parks comprised of more than 1,500 acres.
  • Maintains seven building sites including the Recreation / Administration Center, Normantown Equestrian Center, Ottawa Street Pool, Streams Recreation Center and Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC).
  • Employs more than 40 full-time staff, 80 part-time staff, and approximately 150 seasonal employees.
  • Strives to provide as many recreational opportunities to its constituency as possible, encompassing all ages, interests, and abilities. Classes and events are continuously being added and expanded to meet the growing needs of the community.
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