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The North Berwyn Park District is an autonomous governmental entity established by the residents in 1976 to provide outdoor recreational areas and leisure service opportunities which foster community growth, family values, and enhance the quality of life.
The agency is comprised of a professional full-time and part-time staff, with volunteers, under the supervision of an Executive Director who is responsible to an elected five member board of commissioners.
The agency was established in 1976, at which time there were inadequate recreational services provided within the current agency boundaries. At the time, programs and facilities were provided by the Berwyn Park District, whose boundaries did not cover the north end of Berwyn; and the Berwyn Playground & Recreation Commission, which was operated by the City of Berwyn.
Upon learning of the intent not to commit resources to the residents of North Berwyn, the residents then decided to run a petition declaring the intent to create a park district. The referendum passed successfully and established the North Berwyn Park District.
The early years did not reap instant benefits as much work was needed to develop facilities, staff, and resources to provide services. These developments have continued to progress and the agency now affords the ability to provide top-notch leisure services to the residents.
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