Association News


IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference

La Grange- One of the largest park and recreation conferences in the nation, the Soaring to New Heights conference features workshops ranging from "Play Has No Limits: Mobilizing Philanthropic Resources for Play and Fitness" to "A Board Members Guide to Municipal Bond Financing".  Over 150 educational sessions strive to stay ahead of current trends and provide provide professional development for attendees. The conference will take place January 18-20, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago. Read More   

2018 Board of Directors and Section Leadership Positions

La Grange – The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) is pleased to announce the election results for positions with the IPRA Board of Directors, as well as numerous section leadership positions.  Read More


Illinois Park & Recreation Association Donates Bikes to 360 Youth Services

The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) partnered with the University of Illinois to launch its Leadership Academy. The Academy is an intensive six-month program that benefits park and recreation professionals, regardless of what stage they are in their career. There are three levels to the Academy and the curriculum at each level focuses on building great leaders to strengthen parks and recreation agencies. Read More

Membership  Renewals!!

It is that time of year again!  Time to renew your membership with your professional association and continue to receive benefits as a member of IPRA! 
Online renewal  can be completed in just a few steps!   Login to your account, click on your profile icon, click on Renew Now and submit your payment dues.  
If you have any questions about membership renewals, please contact Sheila Mulvey at


Scholarship Opportunity

 The Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation (IPRF) is committed to investing in today's leaders! Scholarships are available for professions and students in the field of parks and recreation.

IPRF provides students the opportunity to attend our annual Soaring to New Heights Conference through scholarships, and seasoned professionals to continue their education and leadership training.
The deadline for the next scholarship cycle is approaching. Apply today!