IPRA Awards & Recognition


Recognize the brightest stars in Illinois through the 2018 IPRA Awards & Recognition Program!
Designed to recognize the best-of-the-best in parks, recreation, and conservation, there are eight (8) conference awards and one (1) Section award. Conference awards are presented at the annual Soaring to New Heights Conference during the Awards Luncheon and the IPRA Annual Business Meeting. Section awards are recognized at Conference and presented at respective section meetings. For award information, pre-requisites, and how to submit a nomination, click on the award of your choice below.

With exception to the Community Service Award, nominations must be completed by Friday, November 16, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. The Community Service Award deadline is Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Conference Awards: 
 Young Professional of the Year  Community Impact  Outstanding Park or Facility  Exceptional Workplace
 Professional of the Year  Robert Artz  Outstanding Program or Event  Community Service

Section Award:

Section Distinguished Member

Agency Showcase:
Taking place annually at the Soaring to New Heights Conference, the Agency Showcase is a spirited competition spotlighting bright ideas exhibited by park, recreation, and conservation agencies. This professionally judged competition recognizes Illinois agencies for their marketing and communication efforts, ranging from print to multimedia. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Overall Agency Showcase winners and the outstanding submission winners for each category will be presented during the C&M Section Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. The winners of the People's Choice Award / Best in Show will be announced during the IAPD Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. CLICK HERE  for more information and to register! Deadline is Friday, December 7, 2018.