Internal Operations

Strengthen Organizational Culture

  • Goal 1: Continue to invest in training, continuing education, and personal development.
  • Goal 2: Improve internal communication and engagement.
  • Goal 3: Assess operational needs and organizational structure.
  • Goal 4: Become a more data-driven organization.
  • Goal 5: Increase focus on District-wide succession planning.

Tactic 1: Evaluate and implement actions to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization (Targeted Completion Date-December 2025)

Progress Update

  • Formed employee Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Team with 14 full-time and part-time employees (Spring 2021)
  • Gathered feedback (along with resources) from other parks and recreation agencies on their experiences with implementing DEI initiatives (Spring 2021)
  • Held first Team meeting, which included discussing DEI definitions, the Team’s role and expectations, and available resources (e.g., NRPA, IPRA, other Districts) to begin planning next steps (Spring 2021)
  • Team wrote and distributed to employees an Inclusion Vision Stand to define and communicate the DEI Team's vision of how to create sustainable DEI efforts and foster inclusion across the organization (Summer 2021)
  • Offered an employee DEI book club, which read and discussed Creating Belonging at Work by Rhodes Perry (Fall 2021) and held a DEI Discussion Group, which focused on a different DEI topic at four (4) meetings to expand participants understanding of DEI (Spring 2022)
  • Updated registration software (and related forms) to expand gender identity options to include a non-binary option along with an option for persons who have a different gender identity than male, female, or non-binary (Fall 2021)
  • Underwent a Request for Proposals (RFP) selection process to choose a DEI professional services firm to conduct a DEI organizational assessment, including: forming a selection team that reviewed submitted proposals, interviewed firms and selected the firm that is the best fit for the project based on the evaluation criteria (Fall 2022)
  • Park Board approved the hiring of Dr. Tamekia Scott from Edquity-Minded Consulting to conduct the DEI organizational assessment, develop recommendations and implementation strategies with staff, and compile and present an implementation report (Winter 2022)
  • Held project kick-off meeting with Dr. Tamekia Scott to confirm work plan and timelines (Winter 2022)
  • Dr. Scott implemented a project communications plan, including maintaining a project online landing page with information and updates, creating a project overview video, and sending project update emails (Winter and Spring 2022)
  • Dr. Scott completed the organizational assessment, including:
    • conducted an online survey for employees to share their DEI personal experiences, understanding, and enagagement (Winter and Spring 2022)
    • reviewed DEI policies and documented practices to validate the survey data and provide additional evidence of areas of strength and challenges/opportunities for growth (Spring 2022)
    • held group meetings and individual interviews to gather more detailed information about the survey feedback, policies/practices, and the District’s DEI culture (Spring 2022); and
    • based on the organizational assessment findings, developed recommendations, resources, and guidelines for future DEI planning and support (Summer 2022)
  • Dr. Scott assisted a staff Working Group with drafting recommendation implementation strategies, timelines, and measures of success (Summer 2022)
  • Dr. Scott compiled the Implementation Report to summarize project outcomes and direction to implement recommendations; the Park Board accepted the report goals and objectives at its November 28, 2022 meeting (Fall 2022)
  • Tactic will continue to be addressed in 2023 with the implementation of DEI 2023 goals

Tactic 2: Review, determine, and begin implementing the optimal organizational structure (Targeted Completion Date-February 2023)

Progress Update

  • To improve park operations in the field and improve outcomes in park maintenance, restructured supervision within the Parks Department without increasing the number of employees (Winter 2021)
  • To optimize Enterprise Services financial performance and facility maintenance resources across the District, shifted Courts Plus, Wilder Mansion, and Sugar Creek Golf Course facility operations, budget, and staffing to the Facilities Department (from the Enterprise Services Department) (Fall 2021 and Winter 2022)
  • Due to the retirement of the Director of Recreation and to support current and future operations and succession planning, made adjustments to the structure of the Recreation Department, including shifting oversight and supervision of both aquatics and Hub from the Facilities Department, creating a new position (Division Manager – Recreation) to supervise programming staff, and restoring the Program Supervisor – Adults position eliminated in 2020 (Winter/Spring/Summer 2022)
  • Proposed four new full-time park and facility maintenance positions in the 2023 Budget to strengthen maintenance operations and support (Fall 2022)
  • Tactic will continue to be addressed in 2023, including continuing to implement the optimal organizational structure and creating employee development and succession plans.

Tactic 3: Conduct organizational culture survey (Targeted Completion Date-April 2023)

Progress Update

  • Tactic scheduled to begin Fall 2022.

News

Posted Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 12:41pm

Elmhurst Park District expands staffing

The pandemic took a toll on a lot of businesses, and the Elmhurst Park District was no different. Due to a $6 million loss of revenue in 2020 and a lack of work for various departments due to mandated shutdowns, a number of positions had to be eliminated. But as the country has now come out of the pandemic and residents locally flock to programs and events, the District has budgeted to add several new positions that will help grow programs and allow staff to better manage parks and facilities. 

Posted Friday, October 21, 2022 - 3:09pm

Virtual State of the Park District Address

Ask questions and learn about District projects, accomplishments and future plans at the upcoming Virtual State of the Park District Address at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 2:56pm

Park Board focuses on strengthening District’s organizational culture with hiring of DEI firm

Expressing a continued commitment toward strategically advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the organization, the Elmhurst Park District Park Board approved at their January 10 meeting the hiring of Edquity-Minded Consulting, LLC to conduct a DEI organizational assessment.