1.5 - Vision ★

Standard:  The agency shall provide an adopted Vision Statement that is aspirational, far reaching, and states where the agency is going.  It should be available to the approving authority, staff, and participants.

Suggested Evidence of Compliance: Provide evidence of adopted Vision statement that is available to the approving authority, staff, and participants. 

Informational reference in the Management of Park and Recreation Agencies, (2010), 3rd Ed., Chapter 4 – Politics and Advocacy, p. 58; Chapter 5 – Organization Structure and Administrative Operations, pp. 72-73; Chapter 7 – Planning for Strategic Management, pp. 115-116.

Agency Evidence of Compliance:

The Park District of Oak Park's vision statement demonstrates what the agency aspires to become, which is "We strive to exceed the needs of our diverse community with a collaborative and innovative approach."  

The current vision statement was revised as part of the 2013-2015 Strategic Plan1 with input from both staff and the Board of Commissioners.  The final version of this plan, including the vision statement, was reviewed by the Board of Commissioners on December 6, 20122 and adopted on December 20, 20123.  The vision statement is reviewed every 3 years as part of the District's regular strategic planning process.

The vision statement is available the Board of Commissioners, staff, and the community through signage4 in District facilities and on the District website5.


  1. 01.05.00_Pages-3-4-Introduction-and-Mission-Vision-Values-of-2013-2015-Strategic-Plan.pdf
  2. 01.05.00_December-2012-COW-Meeting-Minutes.pdf
  3. 01.05.00_December-2012-Board-Meeting-Minutes.pdf
  4. Photo of Mission, Vision, Values Signage (below)
  5. Screenshot of Vision on Park District website (below)

Agency Self Assessment: MET

Example of Mission, Vision, and Values Posted in District Facilities

Mission, Vision, and Values Posted on District Website