Association News


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

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:

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

LaGrange-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

LaGrange-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

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


Upcoming Events


  • Green Team Pit Stop; Refuel Your Sustainability Efforts: November 1, Naperville, IL
  • State Education Road Show: November 2, Romeoville, IL
  • Active Music for Active Learners: November 3, Carol Stream, 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!