2019 AWARDS &


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. The program consists of four individual conference awards, three agency conference awards, one distinguished-member award (per section), and community service awards, so opportunity for recognition is plentiful!  Conference awards are presented at the annual Soaring to New Heights Conference, section awards are presented at section board meetings, and community awards are mailed to agencies. For information on award criteria and how to submit nominations, click on the award of your choice below.

Deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, November 14, 2019. No nominations will be accepted after the deadline.

Individual Conference Awards: 
Young Professional of the Year  Community Impact             
Professional of the Year  Robert Artz Lifetime Achievement    

Agency Conference Awards:
Outstanding Park and Facility Exceptional Workplace            
Outstanding Program and Event  

Section Awards:

Section Distinguished Member

Community Awards:
Community Service

For a complete list of the 2018 award winners, click here .