Association News

Park & Recreation Agency Excellence Recognized at Annual Conference

La Grange - On January 25, 2019, during the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) honored several park and recreation agencies for excellence in the following areas.  Read More

Marketing & Communication Excellence Recognized at Annual Conference

La Grange - On January 25, 2019, during the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) honored several park and recreation agencies for excellence in their marketing and communication efforts through the annual Agency Showcase.  Read More

Professional Excellence Recognized at IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference

La Grange - On January 25, 2019 the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) honored several individuals for their commitment and excellent service to parks and recreation in Illinois.  Read More

Vernon Hills Park District Executive Director Named 2019 Chair of Illinois Park & Recreation Association

La Grange - The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) has installed Jeff Fougerousse, Executive Director of the Vernon Hills Park District, as its 2019 Chairman of the Board at the association's annual conference, held January 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  Read More

2019 Annual Conference Awards

A complete list of all 2019 Annual Conference Award winners.  Read More

Thousands of Park & Recreation Professionals and Elected Officials Head to Chicago for Annual Conference

La Grange - Employees and elected officials from park & recreation agencies state-wide will convene at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for three days of educational programming, networking and professional development at the Annual IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference.   Read More

Election Results Announced for IPRA Board of Directors and Section Leadership Positions: Read More
 

The 2019 IPRA Board of Directors will be:


Chair: Jeff Fougerousse

Chair Elect: Erin Folk

Past Chair: Matt Corso

Secretary/Membership Council Rep: Conor Cahill

At Large Rep: Trish Breitlow 

Chicago Metro Region Rep: Margaret Resnick

North West Region Rep: Andrew Thurman

Central Region Rep: Doug Damery

Southern Region Rep: Andrew Dallner


These 
terms  begin the IPRA Annual Business Meeting on January 25, 2019.

IPRA, PlayCore, and GameTime are aligning resources and strategically partnering to promote best practices in parks and recreation, provide quality education, and arm communities with evidence-based resources. Attend a Professional Development event and bring research based best practices to your community! Register at: www.gametime.com/ipra

1) Southern Region: Alton Parks and Recreation Department, Spencer T Olin Golf Course, 4701 College Ave | Alton IL 62002, November 27, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM
2) Central Region: Pontiac Parks and Recreation Department, The Eagle Theater, 319 N Plum Street |Pontiac, IL 61764, November 28, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM
3) Chicago Metro/north: Schaumburg Park District, Jerry Handlon Administration Building, 235 East Beech Dr. | Schaumburg, Il. 60193, November 29, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM
4) Chicago Metro/South: Tinley Park Park District, Community Park, 8125 W. 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL 60477  November 30, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM
5) North West region: Oregon Park District, Nash Recreation Center, 304 S. 5th St. | Oregon, Il. 61061, December 3, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM
Call For Playground Grant Applications

IPRA Names 2019 Chair-Elect

La Grange - The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) has elected Erin Folk, Executive Director of the Oregon Park District, as its 2019 Chair-Elect.  Read More  

Hundreds of Active Adults Participate in 37th Annual Six-County Senior Games

La Grange - At 100 years young, Don Savage from Chicago's northwest side has been participating in the Six-County Senior Games for over 25 years.  Read More

July is National Parks & Recreation Month

La Grange - Summer is here, which means its time to discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation agency.   Read More

 

Upcoming Events

  • Leadership Academy Live Streaming (Central Illinois): March 12, Washington, IL
  • Joint Section Education: March 20, Wheaton, IL
  • 2019 State Education Roadshow:  March 28, Mokena, IL
  • Supervisor Symposium: April 12, Bartlett, IL

 


 

Scholarship Opportunity

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

IPRF provides professionals the opportunity to continue their education and leadership training. Apply today!