GIS assists in park accreditation application process

​The Village of Lincolnwood is not within a park district, but
provides its residents with an in-house parks and recreation department.
Over the years, Lincolnwood has refined and added services to offer
residents with a wide array of programs. Programs include summer camps,
adult softball leagues, a farmers market and much more. In order to
provide service in the best possible way, Lincolnwood has applied for
accreditation through the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD).
This is a voluntary evaluation which provides feedback to improve the
delivery of services and programs. If, at the end of the audit, the
Village proves it has met specific guidelines set by the IAPD, it will
have earned the Distinguished Accreditation.

Geographic Information System (GIS) played a large role in the
application process. Part of the accreditation application process
involved highlighting the parks in maps specific to their location in
the Village. Showing the parks with a buffer around it, the Village,
using GIS, was able to depict service areas for each park. Parks are put
into three categories depending on size: mini, neighborhood, and
community. Mini Parks are one acre or less and service an area of ¼ mile
while neighborhood parks are between one and twenty-five acres and
service ½ mile in all directions. The Village of Lincolnwood currently
does not have a park in the Community Park category.

In the end, GIS has provided a visual reference to areas where
residents have access to parks. Showing all the parks and their
overlapping service areas has been a great resource in the application
process. Supplying quality maps and having the ability to analyze the
locations in a geographical way has proved how important GIS was in this
process.

GIS assists in park accreditation application process

​The Village of Lincolnwood is not within a park district, but
provides its residents with an in-house parks and recreation department.
Over the years, Lincolnwood has refined and added services to offer
residents with a wide array of programs. Programs include summer camps,
adult softball leagues, a farmers market and much more. In order to
provide service in the best possible way, Lincolnwood has applied for
accreditation through the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD).
This is a voluntary evaluation which provides feedback to improve the
delivery of services and programs. If, at the end of the audit, the
Village proves it has met specific guidelines set by the IAPD, it will
have earned the Distinguished Accreditation.

Geographic Information System (GIS) played a large role in the
application process. Part of the accreditation application process
involved highlighting the parks in maps specific to their location in
the Village. Showing the parks with a buffer around it, the Village,
using GIS, was able to depict service areas for each park. Parks are put
into three categories depending on size: mini, neighborhood, and
community. Mini Parks are one acre or less and service an area of ¼ mile
while neighborhood parks are between one and twenty-five acres and
service ½ mile in all directions. The Village of Lincolnwood currently
does not have a park in the Community Park category.

In the end, GIS has provided a visual reference to areas where
residents have access to parks. Showing all the parks and their
overlapping service areas has been a great resource in the application
process. Supplying quality maps and having the ability to analyze the
locations in a geographical way has proved how important GIS was in this
process.