Mission, Vision, Values

The Carol Stream Park District is made up of passionate and experienced people; we love where we work and what we do. We are focused on one vision: to be the best parks and recreation provider for our Carol Stream Residents. Our purpose is to serve our community.

We fulfill our residents’ needs for healthy, accessible, quality recreation activities, parks and facilities, and are responsible stewards of our community resources. The Carol Stream Park District is recognized as one of the best in the state, winning two national gold medals and being the first in Illinois to receive a LEEDS Silver Certification for the eco-friendly facility, Fountain View Recreation Center. The Park District maintains more than 40 parks and playgrounds of which many link to regional trail systems and nearby county forest preserves. Picnic shelters at seven larger, scenic parks are available to rent, in addition to garden plots at the beautiful Slepicka Park.

Our Mission

The mission of the Carol Stream Park District is to enrich our community by fulfilling our residents’ needs for healthy, accessible, quality recreation activities, parks, and facilities, and to be responsible stewards of our community resources.

Based on our Mission statement and input from the community through the Needs Assessment Survey and meetings with Staff, Commissioners and Carol Stream leaders, we have developed our Strategic and Master Plans to take us into the future.

View the Needs Assessment Survey Results, Strategic Plan, Master Plan

Our Vision

Be known by residents as the best parks and recreation provider.

Our Core Values


Carol Stream Park District looks to bring an element of fun to all functions, programs, services and facilities of the District.

Fairness & Equity

We have policies and procedures fair to all; our services are easily accessible; we provide affordable programming and assure programs are available to all.

Total Customer Commitment

We continually learn what our external and internal customers needs and expectations are, and strive to exceed them. Our systems and procedures are user and customer friendly. We recognize and support the quality time given by our volunteers.

Positive Attitudes

We strengthen staff motivation, morale and sense of being valued. We affirm our can-do spirit, and look for ways to make it work. We develop innovative solutions and encourage everyone to contribute their part to our mission.

Public Trust

We earn trust with our hard work to deliver more than we promise. We provide facilities that accommodate the demand for community recreation. We are responsible and effective and stewards of the community’s resources.

Culture Statement

The Carol Stream Park District achieves our mission through the employees that work here. They are the heart and soul of the District! The following values describe our culture and how we remain successful.


Our friendly employees create an enjoyable and energetic workplace. Since we create fun, we want to have fun too!


Our creative minds come together for the better of the community. “Thinking outside the box” is not just a saying, but an idea that drives us. With our diverse faculty, we are able to collaborate and offer new and exciting programs.


We genuinely believe in our District’s goals and objectives. We are driven and take great pride in our success by being courteous, attentive and dedicated to each other and our customers.


In all of our interactions with coworkers and customers, we treat others with the upmost respect, honesty, and integrity. Our morals focus on our people because they give us purpose.

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