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SEASPAR Receives Statewide Exceptional Workplace Award

Jan 29, 2019 11:07AM ● By Hannah Ott

SEASPAR Executive Director Matthew Corso shares the IPRA Exceptional Workplace Award with members of SEASPAR’s Wellness Committee, Shannon Tovey, Dawn Krawiec and Karen Lesniak.

Downers Grove - On January 25, the South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation (SEASPAR) was presented with the Exceptional Workplace Award by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) at the annual conference of the IPRA and Illinois Association of Park Districts in Chicago.

The Exceptional Workplace Award is administered by IPRA to recognize agencies in Illinois’ parks and recreation field that demonstrate a commitment to the health and wellness of their employees. Agencies that meet the award criteria retain the recognition for five years. SEASPAR previously received the award in 2013.

SEASPAR Executive Director Matthew Corso shares the IPRA Exceptional Workplace Award with members of SEASPAR’s Wellness Committee, Shannon Tovey, Dawn Krawiec and Karen Lesniak.

SEASPAR, which employs 14 full-time staff and is headquartered in Downers Grove, provides dynamic recreation programs and quality services for individuals with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park and Western Springs.

“SEASPAR is committed to educating our staff about making healthy choices concerning nutrition, physical activity and overall well-being,” said Matthew Corso, Executive Director of SEASPAR. 

“This is especially important given our unique place in the parks and recreation field – exclusively serving people with disabilities whose physical and mental health and wellness are at the forefront of our programming. We truly value this recognition of our efforts.”

Learn about SEASPAR’s recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities: SEASPAR.org, 630-960-7600.


About SEASPAR: The South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation (SEASPAR) provides dynamic recreation programs and quality services for individuals with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park and Western Springs.

About IPRA: The mission of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation and conservation communities. Visit ILipra.org.

About IAPD: The Illinois Association of Park Districts is a nonprofit service, research and education organization that serves park districts, forest preserves, conservation, municipal park and recreation and special recreation agencies. Visit ILparks.org.


Source: Morgan Mason 630-789-9196 mmason@seaspar.org, photo by SEASPAR