Press Release - For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Weishaar, Outreach Director
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Celebrate Park and Recreation Month by participating in Unplug Illinois Day!

La Grange, IL – Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and explore the great things happening at your local park and recreation agencies! This July, join in on the fun and games offered by local parks and recreation with the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) and local park districts, forest preserves, recreation departments and special recreation associations, as we celebrate Park and Recreation Month. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities — including Unplug Illinois Day, on July 13.    

On Saturday, July 13, 2019, we encourage people across Illinois to ditch their electronic devices and "unplug" to enjoy everything that their local park and recreation agencies have to offer. Unplug Illinois, a program of the Illinois Park & Recreation Association, promotes parks as a place to play - and the value that parks play in creating healthier communities. 

Unplug Illinois encourages people to get out, unplug, play and engage with one another through experiences at local park and recreation agencies. Whether a person is biking with friends on local trails, playing a sport, taking in a class or simply cooling off at the pool, Illinois is home to thousands of park and recreation facilities that can help people live a happier and healthier life.

‘IPRA is thrilled to celebrate the first Unplug Illinois Day on July 13. In communities statewide, park and recreation agencies will honor all the ways that parks and recreation makes their communities stronger from natural space and conservation, through opportunities in recreation for people of all ages. We hope that on this day, you will take the opportunity to get outside, head over to your local park district, forest preserve, park and recreation department, or special recreation association, and spend time making family memories through recreation.’-Debbie Trueblood, IPRA Executive Director.

To learn more about Unplug Illinois, visit         
To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit  

About the Illinois Park & Recreation Association
Established in 1944, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association’s mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please visit the IPRA website:

About the National Recreation and Park Association 
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit