Get Connected with IPRA 

Are you interested in networking with IPRA members who share your work interests and responsibilities? IPRA’s seven special interest groups, called Sections, provide our members with a way to connect with other professionals in their field.

Sections meet throughout the year, providing in-person opportunities to share ideas and resources, attend educational and networking events, and discuss issues relevant to your profession.  

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To participate in a Section, log in to your IPRA account, click on the My Participation tab, select your Section(s), and click the save button. If you need any assistance call 708-588-2280. 

Want to connect with our statewide park & recreation network online? All IPRA members have access to our online community, IPRAConnect. Share information and resources, post questions, and use email to communicate directly with Sections! Visit and use your IPRA log in to explore IPRA connect today!  


2020 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference

January 23-25, 2020
Hyatt Regency Chicago

As the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois, the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference brings together more than 4,200 professionals and elected officials for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development.  Featuring over 160 educational sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall where more than 300 exhibitors showcase their latest and greatest products and services, the 2020 conference is THE place to be! 


ProConnect 2020 - Now Accepting Applications!

IPRA is currently accepting applications for the ProConnect 2020 Mentorship Program.  

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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course - Spring 2020

Registration is now open. Course begins on March 24, 2020

Designed by the National Recreation and Park Association and co-hosted by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, the CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues, including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. 

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