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Woodridge Park District Wins Two State-Wide Awards

November 20, 2020- The Woodridge Park District was recently named the recipient of two “Best of the Best Awards” from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) - the Best Friend of Illinois Parks Award (Business Division) and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Award.

The “Best of the Best Awards” aim to recognize community organizations and members that enhance parks and recreation within the community through unique partnerships. The District was honored virtually at the Best of the Best Awards on November 12.

The Best of the Best Intergovernmental Cooperation Award was presented for the partnership with Woodridge School District 68 to build the outdoor track and athletic complex at Jefferson Junior High School. The collaboration is one of many successful IGAs between the two Woodridge agencies since 1972. The seed for the partnership concept began several years ago when both agencies identified a need for an athletic facility to support after-school programs, meet the PE department’s daily needs, improve the overall quality of existing sports programs and provide diversified athletic offerings. Because of our common interests, it made sense to join forces, share the costs, and maximize the use of the athletic complex.

“Both Districts are proud of this “Best of the Best” agreement and look forward to more opportunities in which our agencies and other Woodridge agencies can work together in the future for the common good of its residents,” said Bill Cohen, Woodridge Park District Board President (pictured left).

The Best Friends of Illinois (Business Division) was awarded to Dr. Girgis, DDS, owner of Girgis Orthodontics (pictured right), for his support of the Woodridge Park District for more than 20 years through volunteering, sponsorship of events and promoting recreation. One of Dr. Girgis’s most significant contributions to the Woodridge Park District is his involvement with the Woodridge Rotary Mini Triathlon, a cooperative event between the Woodridge Park District and the Woodridge Rotary Club. Not only did he generate the event” idea as a member of the Woodridge Rotary Club, but he’s also participated as a triathlete, volunteered as a course marshal and contributed thousands financially as an annual gold event sponsor.

“We are fortunate to have such strong support from the community and we are thankful for Girgis Orthodontics’ passionate advocating of recreation,” said Mike Adams, Woodridge Park District Executive Director.