Awards & Recognition

Getting recognized for the hard work you do is something that goes beyond just getting a plaque or award. Winning an individual or agency award is a testament to the dedication and long hours put in to make your community a better place to live and play!
The Awards and Recognition Programs are a wonderful way to recognize leaders in the field and outstanding projects accomplished over the past year. Conference award winners are announced at the Annual IPRA/IAPD State Conference Awards Luncheon in front of colleagues and legislators from across the state. 
Applications will be available July 28, 2017.  
Deadline for conference awards is November 9, 2017. 


Community Impact Award Professional of the Year Award
Community Service Award Robert Artz-Lifetime Achievement Award
Outstanding Facility & Park Award Young Professional Award
Outstanding Program or Special Event Award  


IPRA Section Awards highlight the hard work and accomplishments of our members and the dedication that they bring to their specialty in the field of Parks and Recreation. Professionals are recognized at the 2018 IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference, during the IPRA business meeting.  

Click here for Award Application! 

Application deadline for Section Awards is October 5, 2017.



The Agency Showcase Competition is the premier communications and marketing competition for park and recreation agencies. Nominate your best communication and marketing materials for judging and display at the Soaring To New Heights Conference. Click here for details.

2017 Exceptional Workplace Award 

Park and Recreation agencies applying for the 2017 Exceptional Workplace Award must complete an online survey (the link to the survey will be emailed to you once you complete the registration form). It includes a series of 46 questions, and each question must be answered. A point value has been assigned to each question, which the committee will use when your questions are being reviewed and tallied. Once the survey has been reviewed, if the committee feels that there is a need for documentation, your agency will be notified prior to the final decision. Surveys must be completed by October 10, 2017. 

If the park and recreation agency meets the award criteria, the recognition as an IPRA Exceptional Workplace is 5 years. Park and recreation agencies may re-apply 5 years after receiving the IPRA Exceptional Workplace award for subsequent consideration.  If a park and recreation agency does NOT meet the minimum award requirements during their application year, they may re-apply the following year at no additional cost. 

Agencies that meet the criteria will receive the Exceptional Workplace Award at the 2018 IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference, during the IPRA business meeting.

Additional questions please contact: Kelly Carbon Superintendent of Marketing, Elk Grove Park District,