Play it safe at South Suburban!

Thank you for being a loyal and supportive patron of South Suburban Parks and Recreation. We appreciate your patience and understanding during our closures due to COVID-19.

South Suburban wants you to play it safe! Several of our facilities are opening in accordance with the Safer at Home guidelines. Learn more at


We strive to be the best for the South Suburban community. And we’ve been fortunate enough to have been recognized locally and nationally for our achievements. Here are some of our top honors.

Gold Medal Award

Annually, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) recognize parks and recreation agencies that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

The AAPRA and NRPA have awarded South Suburban the Grand Gold Medal Award three times (1980,1988 and 1996), and South Suburban has been a Gold Medal finalist 10 other times (1976, 1980, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2008, 2011 and 2012).

Recent Awards and Honors

District Awards and Honors