Village's Centennial Park Aquatic Center Earns Third 5-Star Safety Rating for 2017 Season

Village's Centennial Park Aquatic Center Earns Third 5-Star Safety Rating for 2017 Season
Posted on 08/29/2017

Throughout Centennial Park Aquatic Center's 2017 summer season, Starfish Aquatics Institute conducts surprise visits to evaluate staff and facility operations. The unannounced audits took place in June, July and August, and each time the organization awarded CPAC staff a 5-star safety rating, the highest rating available from the organization.

The most recent audits took place on August 13 and 14, and 26 staff members were recognized for their efforts.

"Congratulations to CPAC's staff for working so hard to ensure the safety of each and every patron who comes to swim," said Village of Orland Park Trustee and Recreation Committee Chair Pat Gira.

"Everyone has a role to play, and they do it extremely well. From the staff at the admissions counters, to the building maintenance and parks staff, to the guards, who keep the bathers safe in such a dynamic environment, all should be commended for a job well done."

CPAC's 26 staff members recognized in the August audit were:
Jimmy Amedeo, Christina Cassara, Lucy Chesla, Maddie Ferguson, Alaina Frederick, Maddie Gizewski, Alyssa King, Emily Makina, Connor Mallon, Logan Maske, Nathan Paris, Peyton Paschke, Amanda Pavic, Jenna Perdue, Mikey Ryan, Jack Teschke, Emily Tunney, Josh Voras, Lauren Voss, Dino Welbourn, Mary Zoubek, Jill Zuelke, and Allison Zych.

Auditors from Starfish Aquatics Institute observed and evaluated lifeguards on duty and then conducted rescue scenarios to assess the facility's emergency action plan and the competence of the staff. The review wraps up with an assessment of the risk management practices, policies, and procedures in place at the facility.

Following the Unresponsive Drowning protocol scenarios, the auditor remarked, "The team worked really well together and appeared to be well practiced. They gave proper care throughout and met all objectives."

"The 5-star rating is a very difficult score to achieve as the staff must demonstrate excellence in several different scenarios and criterions," explained Recreation Division Manager Ray Piattoni. "We have received over 20 perfect, 5-star safety ratings over the last seven years at the CPAC."

The most recent accolade comes on the heels of an already successful 5-star audit on June 15, July 26, and CPAC's three, 5-star safety ratings for the 2016 season.

CPAC celebrates its 25th season, and offers a zero-depth pool with a water play feature, two body speed slides, 328-foot tube slide, a 200-foot flume slide, a platform cliff jump, a drop slide and a lazy river.

The village's aquatic park is located at 15600 West Avenue. The back-to-school weekday hours are 4 to 7 p.m. until Sept. 1. Weekend hours are noon to 8 p.m. until Sept. 3. CPAC is open Monday, Sept. 4 from noon to 5 p.m.

Further information about the center is available by calling 708/349-4FUN(4386) or the village's Recreation Department at 708/403-7275.