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. 

Under review

10/10 - Internal OPD Holiday

Kendra Potter 2 years ago in Brand New Idea updated by Professor of Innovation 2 years ago 3

1010 is what phone number the community knows us by. Wouldn't be great if we could create an internal holiday on October 10 of every year celebrating us...OPD employees? Ideas could include a picnic in the park, a potluck, celebrate with t-shirts, a parade, flag football game, bonfire, hold a triathlon, support one of our OPD athletic events by attending a game, pick a charity to donate to, volunteer, attend one of the Cubs playoff game, etc. The ideas are endless. 

Under review

Program Themed Picnic Tables

Erik Enslen 2 years ago in Brand New Idea updated by Cori Veverka 2 years ago 5

This will bring attention to different programs throughout the Park District. Each Department/Program can design & paint their own picnic table and it be placed throughout the parks in the spring/summer. Contest for each area to design the most creative.

Similar to the ones that were done at Prairie Fest this year, or the "Cows on Parade" from Chicago years ago.


Kids Connection summer camp

Jonathon Lorenz 1 year ago in Brand New Idea updated by Cheryl 1 year ago 3

I’ve been to countless summer camps for kids over the years. And one of my favorite things every year is the aspect of the (color wars) Red team vs Blue team. But those camps are only a week long. My idea would be for the Kids in the summer program on the “out and about” to meet with another site. And play games, relay races etc. vs another site. (Like red teams vs blue team.) and this would go on all summer program, each game won would essentially get them points. Teams could also come up with color team theme chants to cheer on there team. For extra points. Towards the end of the summer program the team with the most points would receive either some kind of trophy for the year or the winning site would get a pizza party.  


lighting for safety

Karla Lundy 1 year ago in Brand New Idea updated by Professor of Innovation 1 year ago 3

Could a temporary light be added under the vestibule at Boulder Point.  It is quite dark at 5am in the morning when a CSR arrives to open the building for fitness classes and is equally as dark at night when patrons and staff are leaving.   Maybe it could be solar or use rechargeable batteries.   

Under review

Brand Ambassador

Zack Donati 1 year ago in Brand New Idea updated by Laura Finch 1 year ago 3

Hire a brand ambassador to attend large scale programs, events, and community nights. This person would be tasked with marketing the current programs and services offered by the Oswegoland Park District in an in-person interaction.

This person could ideally attend:


  • Youth Sports on Saturday
  • Aquatics (select dates)
  • Dance Recitals
  • Gymnastics
  • Events
  • Etc.


  • SD308 Elementary School Fun Fairs
  • PantherFest / Silver/Blue Fest
  • Community Nights at Local Schools
  • Fundraiser nights at local restaurants
Under review

Public Bike Repair Stations Along Bike Trails

Tina Heidrich 1 year ago in Brand New Idea updated by Professor of Innovation 1 year ago 1

Install public bike repair stations along bike trails to allow for a more bicycle friendly community.


Collecting Testimonials

Cori Veverka 1 year ago in Brand New Idea updated by Laura Finch 1 year ago 1

I was at an IPRA meeting yesterday where we were discussing different ideas for marketing. One agency mentioned that they have a method of following up when they receive positive feedback via email or on social media. They shoot back a quick message to thank them, ask if they can use the quote for promotional purposes, and how they would like their name to be listed. This allowed them to be anonymous, represent their entire family, or just be "Cori V." It was cool to see their examples calling out specific instructors or classes.

We know that people have great things to say about our programs, events, and customer service, so let's capture that and share with Marketing. We are brag-worthy, and it is great when we can let our patrons help tell our story!

Under review

Me Too at the Pool

Kendra Potter 2 years ago in Brand New Idea updated by Erik Enslen 1 year ago 5

We should pick a couple of summer days and set aside inclusion hours at the pool (CC or WR), like the ME TOO event we do for PrairieFest

Under review

Instagram Takeovers

Rockie Veverka 1 year ago in Brand New Idea updated by Cori Veverka 1 year ago 7

I noticed The Paramount has been doing "instagram takoeovers' where their actors or staff post onto The Paramount's Instagram stories for a day. For example, they had one of the actresses from an upcoming show posting during rehearsal and answering questions. They also had someone from their audience services department promoting subscription renewals yesterday. 

I think it could be a great opportunity to highlight some of our departments if we did this at OPD. Dance/gymnastics can post during a competition/meet; Limelight backstage during a show, CSR's could post on registration day, preschool can post during the school day or at a field trip, operations could post their beekeping, and the list goes on. 

I'm not sure what our following is on Instagram. We could promote the Instagram takeovers on Facebook or on the website. This could also be an opportunity to gain followers. 


OPD Circus for Pfest!

Cori Veverka 2 years ago in Brand New Idea updated by Professor of Innovation 1 year ago 12

Let's create entertainment for PrairieFest by offering programming in the Winter/Spring that teaches people how to be part of a circus act. Different departments could run classes or camps to instruct certain skills that could be showcased Father's Day Weekend. For example, Limelight could teach clowning. We could teach juggling or stilt walking. Gymnastics could do tumbling. Varied interest sewing classes could make costume pieces. We could have acts featuring performers of all ages! 


Take an active part in The National Crayon Recycle Program

Abbie 2 years ago in Brand New Idea updated by Professor of Innovation 1 year ago 7

Have KC sites, preschool classes, OPD staff, & general public collect used crayons. We can also partner with local restaurants to collect their "used" crayons. Crayons are then donated to one these recycled crayons programs. 

Super Crayons: https://www.scarce.org/super-crayons/

Crazy Crayona: https://crazycrayons.com/

The Crayon Initiaitive: https://thecrayoninitiative.org/collect/


Thanks, Tina! Please keep us posted on any feedback from the Environmental Committee!

Under review

Sensitivity Training for Staff

Tina Heidrich 2 years ago in Brand New Idea updated 1 year ago 3