IPRA celebrates 75 years of supporting the professionals in the field of parks and recreation in 2019.  We would like to thank you for helping us reach this milestone!

We have many exciting things planned for 2019, please enjoy our 75 Stories publication, a written collection of stories from IPRA members and leaders that celebrates the moments, memories, challenges and successes that have made IPRA what it is today.

Throughout 2019 we will be randomly selecting winners of $75 gift cards at IPRA events.  And Debbie Trueblood, IPRA Executive Director, will be traveling the state for 75 Conversations, a statewide, yearlong road trip to meet face to face with the members that are our leaders (current and future!)

We are excited to see what the future holds for IPRA.  Thank you for making us look good. 

IPRA is now accepting applications for 2020 board positions in all 7 special interest groups. Ideal candidates should be motivated for a leadership opportunity that contributes to the realization of the association's strategic plan. Eligible candidates must be an active IPRA Professional or Professional Non-Metro Member, and member of the respective section for at least one year. CPRP, CPRE, or equivalent certification is preferred but not required to serve. 

Deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 12, 2019. Applications submitted after the deadline are not eligible for consideration by respective section Nomination and Election Committees.


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Sponsored by the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF), these events are for groups or individuals interested in catching a game and supporting the IPRF.  Organize a group trip for your agency, offer the event in your seasonal brochure for community members to purchase individually, or simply bring your family! 

The IPRF will receive a financial contribution form each team solely based upon the number of tickets sold.  100% of the funds raised will be used for the Foundation's professional and student scholarship programs.  Please click below for event details.

Joliet Slammers:  July 20, 2019  
Kane County Cougars: August 4, 2019
Chicago Red Stars: September 28, 2019

IPRA 2019 Awards & Recognition Program

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. Now Accepting Nominations Through November 14!

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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course

Registration Now Open Through September 13!

Designed by the National Recreation and Park Association and co-hosted by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, the CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues, including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods.

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Park District Conservation Day is coming to the Illinois State Fair on Saturday, August 17 – Join Us for the Fun! 

The Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) are looking for park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies to bring their groups to perform or exhibit for thousands of fairgoers at one of our many high-traffic areas throughout the fairgrounds. Please see below for some FAQs on the day:

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