South Elgin's Inclusive SEBA Park Wins Illinois Design Award

South Elgin’s Inclusive SEBA Park Wins Illinois Design Award


South Elgin‘s SEBA Park has won the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association’s 2015 Outstanding Facility & Park Award, which recognizes public agencies for their exceptional and unique achievements in design and development.

SEBA Park had the highest total points among the entries submitted in the division and category from across the state of Illinois. Winners will be highlighted on large video screens during the IAPD/IPRA Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Awards will be presented at the IPRA Business Meeting at 5 p.m. on the same day.

SEBA Park also gained recognition through Play and Playground Magazine’s Winter 2015 publication. Play and Playground Magazine is a 14-year-old quarterly magazine that focuses on play and playground issues, problems, play equipment, health and safety, design, manufacturing, construction process, organization and companies.

An Excerpt From ‘Inclusion Takes a Village’

Today, the inclusive playground in South Elgin is a busy place. In the summer, the playground averaged two buses per day. One school for children on the autism spectrum drove an hour from Chicago just to play there.

Based on attendance alone, this powerful community appears to have been successful, because it is providing a resource where none existed for families living with significant disabilities.

“Now, every ramp, every platform leads to something to do. At eye-level, there are things for a child in a wheelchair to do. And that doesn’t mean that the typical child can’t come here to play. They love it. These kids get out of their cars and say, ‘It looks like Disneyworld!’” [said a spokesperson from Shane’s Inspiration.]

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About South Elgin, IL

South Elgin is rich in history, culture, recreation and natural beauty. Residents here enjoy the natural beauty of the Fox River and live close to work and schools. In 2007, Money Magazine ranked South Elgin as one of the Best Places to Live in the United States for economic opportunity, excellent schools, safe streets, things-to-do and a real sense of community. In 2011, the village was ranked in the CNN/Money’s Top 100 again for economic strength, great job opportunities, top schools and safe streets. The village is located in Northeastern Illinois’ Kane County, approximately 40 miles northwest of Chicago. For more information, visit or the Village of South Elgin Facebook Page.