SYCAMORE – Sycamore Park District Executive Director Dan Gibble was recognized by his peers when the Illinois Park and Recreation Association recently named him professional of the year.
Gibble has been executive director of the district for the past six years and has served in the parks and recreation field for 33 years.
The award is given to a current Illinois parks and recreation individual who has significantlyaffected the industry.
"When he became executive director of the Sycamore Park District six years ago, the district was struggling with financial instability and low public awareness," a news release from the park district reads. "It was a positive attitude along with his creativity, compassion, dynamic skill set and steadfast work ethic that turned Sycamore Park District into a fiscally strong and dependable recreational service provider."
The physical award itself is something Gibble said he likes. It's made of glass, and he collects pieces of blown glass himself.
"His service to the communities he has been a part of sets an outstanding example for other professionals in the field," the release reads.