75 Years of Success

IPRA celebrates 75 years of supporting the professionals in the field of parks and recreation in 2019.  We would like to thank you for helping us reach this milestone! We have many exciting things planned for 2019, please enjoy our 75 Stories publication, a written collection of stories from IPRA members and leaders that celebrates the moments, memories, challenges and successes that have made IPRA what it is today.

Throughout 2019 we will be randomly selecting winners of $75 gift cards at IPRA events.  And Debbie Trueblood, IPRA Executive Director, will be traveling the state for 75 Conversations, a statewide, yearlong road trip to meet face to face with the members that are our leaders (current and future!) We are excited to see what the future holds for IPRA.  Thank you for making us look good.



2020 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference

January 23-25, 2020
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Registration is now open!

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! 

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IPRA Board Elections Begin Soon!

Electronic ballots will be emailed to 2019 IPRA Professional members for voting on October 21, and voting will be open from October 21 through Oct. 25 at 4:00 pm, 2019. All IPRA Professional Members are eligible to vote.

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2020 Park and Recreation Compensation Survey

This survey is specifically created for the park district and special recreation industry, and will report compensation data for a total of 64 positions covering the areas of Administrative Services, Education, Facilities, Human Resources, Finance, IT, Marketing/Membership, Parks, Recreation, Food & Beverage/Concessions and Rentals. The survey is open to members and non-members and requires a unique web link to participate. If you have not received a link and would like to participate, or if you need it re-sent, please email surveys@hrsource.org or call 800-448-4584. All participants receive a free copy of the results, regardless of membership status.

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IPRA 2019 Awards & Recognition Program

Recognize the Brightest Stars in Illinois!

Designed to recognize the best-of-the-best in Illinois parks, recreation, and conservation, the Awards & Recognition Program gives professionals an opportunity to recognize colleagues and community members for their extraordinary work and contribution to the industry. Now Accepting Nominations Through November 14! 

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Software Symposium 2019

October 18, Carol Stream Park District

The IPRA A&F section will be hosting a Software Symposium on October 18, 2019 from 8:45am - 4:00pm at the Carol Stream Park District's Fountain View Recreation Center. Participants will be able to visit with a variety of software vendors exhibiting various park district software needs, including H/R, Time & Attendance/Work Force Management, Finance, and Recreation software.  Each vendor will conduct a 45 minute demonstration, in which participants can attend at their choice.  Lunch will be included.

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Sponsored by the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF), these events are for groups or individuals interested in catching a game and supporting the IPRF.  Organize a group trip for your agency, offer the event in your seasonal brochure for community members to purchase individually, or simply bring your family! The IPRF will receive a financial contribution form each team solely based upon the number of tickets sold.  100% of the funds raised will be used for the Foundation's professional and student scholarship programs.  Please click below for event details.  



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