Superintendent of Waukegan Parks Receives Prestigious Honor

Mike Trigg, superintendent of Parks for the Waukegan Park District, was recently awarded the statewide Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) 2016 Community Impact Award. The award recognizes his leadership and overall impact to the community as well as his many contributions to the parks and recreation profession.

Trigg’s efforts have led to regional, state and national recognition for Waukegan Park District (WPD) parks, facilities and sports fields. He is a member of the IPRA Parks and Natural Resources Section and active on the Environmental Subcommittee.

As a graduate of the National Recreation and Parks Association Green School, his knowledge and expertise are applied daily. Trigg led the WPD’s sustainability assessment using the IPRA Environmental Report Card; a Carbon Management and Sustainability Plan was created from this information. The District’s Strategic Plan incorporates sustainability as a major theme. His “Green Team” develops, leads and monitors WPD sustainable practices. Trigg partners with other agencies to further environmental stewardship in Waukegan including:

  • An annual recycling event with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County collects between 30,00040,000 pounds of household recyclables.
  • Partnering with the City, he obtained and implemented a $60K Emerald Ash Borer Grant from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to replace ash trees on city and parklands.
  • His collaboration with the Waukegan Harbor Citizens’ Advisory Committee resulted in grants of $1.5M to restore sensitive habitat in Bowen Park.
  • As a Center for Conservation Leadership mentor, he is training a new generation of environmental stewards.
  • He just completed a 12 year leadership cycle with the Sports Turf Managers Association, and as the immediate past president, he chaired the nominating committee.
  • In 2016, he was recognized with the 10th Congressional District of Illinois Leadership Award: Friend of the Environment.
  • His ongoing leadership, commitment to excellence and passion for sustainability continue to impact individuals, our community and his profession.

“Waukegan has outstanding parks and facilities. Their construction, maintenance and upkeep can be directly attributed to Mike’s knowledge, leadership and management skills. We are proud of you and your many accomplishments,” said George Bridges, president of the park district.


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