Welcome to the Oswegoland Park District’s Innovation Lab! Your ideas, comments, and feedback are encouraged! All ideas are welcomed, big and small! If your idea is related to pay and/or benefits, it will be addressed to Human Resources.

How to Submit your Idea 

  • Select "+Add a new one"
  • Fill out the form 

Under Review: All ideas will be labeled “under review” until a decision is made. It will be reviewed no later than 90 days after posting. Each idea is rated based on:

  • Feasible – How feasible is this idea to implement?
  • Effective – Will the idea have a clear outcome/impact to show effectiveness?
  • Values – How well does the idea align with our Values of integrity, collaboration, and innovation?
  • Strategic Themes – How does the idea serve our Strategic Themes of Land & Facilities, Fiscal Awareness, Customer Experience, and Employee Engagement?

Decision Time

  • Selected: Congratulations! Your idea is leaving the lab and being put into practice! You will be receiving an ATOM (Adding to Our Mission) award. The Values Team will work with the appropriate departments to identify project leader(s) to implement.
  • Not Selected: Unfortunately, some ideas are not selected. If we do not select an idea, you will receive a notice in the Innovation Lab with an explanation of the team’s decision.
  • Big Ticket: If your idea has merit and may incur additional expenses, it will be tagged as a Big Ticket item. We will collect more information about the scope and scale of information.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Values Team at valueteam@oswegolandpd.org. 

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Under review

What do you want to know? What do you want to share?

Laura Finch 2 months ago in Customer Experience updated 2 months ago 16

The Community Awareness Team needs your input! We’re compiling a list of Fun Facts/Did You Know Details/A Brag Board/General FAQs. We want to share more of the awesome things we do with you and the community but need your help. We don't know the things we don't know! Help us by throwing in on the following:

  • Is there a burning Park District question that you want to ask?
  • Is there something awesome that we do that you want others to know about?
  • Is there a question every resident asks that we could better answer?
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Planned

Medallion Hunt Clue Videos

btingley 4 months ago in Customer Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 4 months ago 3

It could be super fun if we record the medallion hunt clues at PrairieFest the year prior. Each clue could be read while the reader participates in a variety of fun PrairieFest events such as watching the dog (etc.) show, riding a carnival ride, getting a lemon shakeup, or petting the puppies!

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Under review

Lighting for Safety Places

Anita Scheidecker 2 months ago in Customer Experience updated by Mary Drew 1 month ago 2

Equip all "safety places" with either a flashlight or a plug in light to be used during a power outage or drill (i.e. tornado).  Will make things a little less scary for our preschool students and program participants.

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Under review

Eagle Scout Project uses tech to educate park users

Rich Zielke 4 months ago in Customer Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 4 months ago 2
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Big Ticket

Permenant bathrooms at Hudson Crossing Park

Brian Everhart 7 months ago in Customer Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 7 months ago 1

It would be awesome to have permanent bathrooms at one of our busiest, signature parks

Answer

What an interesting idea Brian! This is definitely something worth pursuing further, and we need more information. Please fill out the Big Ticket Form to help us learn more about your proposed idea.

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Completed

Website & Rainout Line Enhancements

Donna Para 1 month ago in Customer Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 2 weeks ago 5

Consider adding the Rainout Line and Team Sideline to the OPD Website page that displays in Google (desktop and mobile access) so participants can easily get to these pages if they don't have them saved.  See Rainout line example on the Naperville Park District search.  Also consider adding the Skating Rink to the Rainout line so customers know when it is open (rather than having to drive by to see the flags).  

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Completed

selling sunscreen at both pools

Karla Lundy 6 months ago in Customer Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 4 months ago 3
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Started

Google Forms for Volunteer Info

Cori Veverka 7 months ago in Customer Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 6 months ago 2

I have had a lot of luck using Google Forms for streamlining volunteer sign up and data collection for different areas that are not programming or Active related. I use them for PrairieFest Volunteers, Limelight Audition Sign up, and more. The form allows us to ensure that we are getting all of the information that we need (contact info, experience, availability, etc), as well as adjust and edit the fields on the form to be up to date. For example, when I PrairieFest shift is filled, we can take that option off of the form in real time and it is no longer an option for people looking at it. There is also the option to add an automatic response to the individual filling out the form, so they have confirmation that you got their info. It makes it easier on the user end and on the staff side. Win win!

I am happy to share any more info or answer questions, if anyone has any :)