About the St. Charles Park District
The St. Charles Park District is a special purpose government unit. It is the mission to enrich the quality of life of Park District residents through excellence in programs, parks, facilities, and services.
This is the mission of the Park District as expressed by the Park Board. The mission represents the fundamental statement of purpose and is the point of reference for all decision making.
The Park District is governed by the Park Board, which is composed of seven individuals elected at large. This Board, comprised of resident volunteers, serves without pay and reviews, formulates and adopts policies for the operation, control, improvement and planning of the park and recreation facilities and activities within the Park District. The Park Board also solicits community input, promotes and interprets programs to other public and government officials, and fulfills all statutory requirements as prescribed by law.
The role of the Administration Department is to administer the overall operations of the Park District including business affairs. As delegated by the Park Board, the director is primarily responsible for administering the day-to-day operations and functions of the Park District within the policies and guidelines, as established by the Park Board. It is also the responsibility of the director to function as communicator between staff and the Park Board.
The Parks Department is charged with the maintenance, operations and enhancement of all parks and natural areas and the provision of environmental education programs and related services. The Parks Department maintains numerous sites including two dedicated Illinois Nature Preserves (Norris Woods and Ferson Creek Fen), James O. Breen Community Park, East Side Sports Complex, Primrose Farm, Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, Boy Scout Island, area bike trails, as well as numerous mini-parks, neighborhood parks, community parks, and associated multipurpose fields and play equipment. Together, the Park District owns and manages more than 1,400 acres.
The Recreation Department manages the Park District's recreational facilities and provides programs and activities designed to meet the physical, social, and cultural recreational needs of residents. The extensive programs offered by the Recreation Department are intended to serve all segments of the residential population from preschool children to older adults. These programs include summer day camp, swimming lessons, dance, drama, music, art, youth and adult sports, gymnastics, ice skating, nature study, teen programs, golf lessons, an older adults club, and many other activities. The Recreation Department is also responsible for the operation of Pottawatomie Community Center, River View Miniature Golf Course, Swanson Pool, Otter Cove Aquatic Park and the STC Underground Teen Center.
The Golf Department operates the historic Pottawatomie Golf Course, designed by the renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones. On October 3, 1997, Audubon International designated Pottawatomie Golf Course as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. It was the first nine-hole golf course, internationally, to become certified in all six Audubon categories to include: Environmental Planning; Water Conservation; Integrated Pest Management; Outreach and Education; Water Quality Management; and Wildlife and Habitat Management. Out of 2,000+ member golf courses seeking certification worldwide, there are only a few golf courses that get certified each year by Audubon International.