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|Brian Long||Parks Staff||(708) 448-7080|
|Parks Staff||(708) 448-7080|
|John Schiera||Parks Staff||(708) 448-7080|
The Worth-Palos Park District was formed by a referendum in 1965 and it consists of a five-member Board of Commissioners. The measure passed by a slim margin of just 26 votes.
The park district's first meeting was held at the village hall on May 3, 1965. The first tax money received by the newly formed district was in June of 1966. Through its 40 plus years the park district continues to grow with 10 parks to serve its residents and a staff dedicated to serving the community's changing needs.
Appropriate behavior is expected from all participants and observers in programs and in facilities to protect the enjoyment and safety of all patrons. Behaviors that will not be accepted include, but are not limited to, the following:
The following outlines steps that may be used with patrons who are not behaving appropriately. Membership or program fees will not be refunded for any person removed from a program or facility due to violation of this behavior policy. Some programs or facilities may have stricter or more detailed behavior policies.
All program participants are expected to behave appropriately and follow the rules of the program and facility. A participant will receive written notice for inappropriate behavior, and in the case of a minor, a copy of the notice will be provided to such minor's parent/guardian. If a participant receives three notices of inappropriate behavior, or if the participant is involved in one severe incident, as determined by District staff, the participant may no longer participate in the program until a meeting is scheduled and held. The participant, a parent / guardian if the participant is a minor, the program instructor, the program supervisor and any other persons, whom the District considers necessary for a resolution of the inappropriate behavior, shall be present at such meeting. At the meeting, the question of continued participation in the program will be considered and, primarily for minor participants, a Behavior Contract may be prepared as a condition of continued participation. Such a Behavior Contract will be personalized to the circumstances and the participant, and will include specific expectations and consequences for failure to meet such expectations, including possible suspension and /or termination from program participation. Inappropriate behavior by adults may result in more rapid progress toward suspension or termination from program participation. Any participant that receives a suspension and is permitted to return to the program does on the "zero tolerance" basis. Any further incident will result in immediate termination of that individual. Termination of participation may carry from program to program pending the severity of the issue as determined by the District.
All facility participants are expected to follow the rules of the facilities. Disregard or abuse of facility rules may result in removal by staff or police from the facility for a designated length or time or permanently.
Observers of programs are also expected to behave appropriately. Parents, friends and any observers are held to the same standards of behavior as participants. If inappropriate behavior of a program observer is reported to or observed by a staff person, the observer will be asked to leave by the staff or police, if necessary.
Any participant who is suspended or terminated from program participation shall have the right to appeal to the Executive Director within fourteen days of any notice of suspension or termination. The Executive Director shall thereupon schedule a meeting concerning such appeal, and the appellant shall be entitled to present his or her version of the facts at such meeting. Within five days after such meetings, the Executive Director shall notify the appellant in writing that the suspension or termination has been affirmed, modified, or reversed. The Executive Director shall notify the Board of Park Commissioners of the meeting and the decision.
It is a vision of the Worth Park District to provide safe and wholesome programs in well-maintained facilities for our residents and guests. Rules must be followed and policies such as this must be established to protect this vision for all involved. Our goal is not to remove patrons from programs or facilities, but to work together with participants and / or parents/ guardians to the best of our ability to correct or deal with a problem. The Worth Park District asks for your cooperation in behaving appropriately and teaching your children the importance of appropriate behavior and following rules.
Registrants and participants permit the taking of photos and videos of themselves and their children during Park District activities. These photos or videos are for Park District use only and may be used for publications and promotional materials as the Park District deems necessary.
All registration is processed on a first come, first serve basis. Registration for the programs and events listed within are accepted as of the first day of open registration. Any registration that is submitted prior to the start of open enrollment will be processed no later than 6pm on the first day of open registration.
Registration is accepted only at Terrace Centre location at 115th and Beloit between the hours of 9am and 6pm or by filling out the registration form online and emailing to the address provided. Registration will not be entered until payment has been received.
For your convenience we accept registration in the forms of WALK-IN, DROP-OFF, MAIL-IN, E-MAIL, FAX and PHONE. There will be a fee of an additional $3 for each registration taken via the fax or phone. Payments may be made with cash, check, VISA, MasterCard or bank debit cards. Checks should always be made payable to the Worth Park District.
To request a refund on a program, a Refund Request Form must be completed and submitted at Registration Counter at the Terrance Centre. Administration approval must be received before a refund will be issued.
Service Charge Policy
All refunds issued which are not results of a Park District cancellation will be assessed a service charge. The service charge for programs with fees of $10 or more will be $5; programs with fees less than $10 will be charged 50% of the program fee.
Every effort is made to avoid canceling classes. However, a minimum number of participants must be registered. Notification of class cancellation may be made with as little as 24-hour notice. In cases where a program is canceled, you will be notified before the start of the program and a full refund will be issued.
Pursuant to the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of government, it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of this Act. Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest.
More information regarding the FOIA may be obtained by clicking below.
-Illinois Freedom of Informatino Act, 5 ILCS 140/1 (Illinois General Assembly)
-Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act Seminars, FAQ & More (Illinois Attorney General)
The Worth Park District has 2 FOIA officers on staff. Freedom of Information Act requests may be may through this website by clicking below.
FOIA Compensation Statement
In compliance with the Open Meeting Act you may obtain Worth Park District financial statements and audits.
P.A. 97-0609 IMRF Disclosure
The Park District is required by PA-97-0609 to disclose a list of employees expected to receive compensation greater than 150,00 six days prior to approval of its annual budget. Within 6 business days after approving the annual budget, the Park District is required to provide a list of all employees that are expected to receive compensation of greater than $75,000. Compensation includes salary, the cost of all employer provided health insurance programs, employer pension contributions, car allowances, bonuses and any other form of compensation.
The Worth Park District Board of Commissioners recognizes the right of members of the public to have access to public records in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), and affirms that it is the policy of the Worth Park District to comply with FOIA. Link to FOIA Act: http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/
The FOIA officers for the Worth Park District are Carlo Capalbo, Director of Parks & Recreation and Sarah Redmond, Finance & Personnel Manager. All requests for public records should be sent to either one of their attention at:
Worth Park District
11500 S. Beloit Ave
Worth, IL 60482