Health and Safety Update

IPRA Response to COVID-19

The health and safety of our professional community is of the utmost importance to the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA). Due to recent events and public health concerns, we are working to reschedule or offer virtual options for many of our meetings and events.

For more information, visit here or contact us at 708-588-2280. We will continue to post updates on this webpage as they become available.

IPRA staff are serving our members and conducting IPRA business on a remote basis until further notice. For individual staff member contact information, visit here .

For more recent news and information about COVID-19 and the response, please visit these links:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Illinois Department of Public Heath
World Health Organization

Join the IPRA Virtual Community 

IPRA offers an online community, IPRAConnect, where you can share information and resources, post questions, and use email to communicate directly with people who share your professional interests. Visit and use your IPRA log in to explore IPRAConnect today!  

COVID-19 Online Community

IPRAConnect now includes a COVID-19 Community where you can share information and resources about the park & recreation response to COVID-19. Visit here, log in at the top of the screen with your IPRA user name and password, and join the community. For assistance contact us here

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COVID-19 Virtual Community Talks

IPRA is hosting a series of COVID-19 virtual community talks.

To register, click on any of the links below:
April 9
April 16

Access past talks (members only):
March 26
April 2  


Call to Action

Members-only free events

Effectively rebounding from this global pandemic and subsequent economic crisis will require advanced thinking and exceptional effort. IPRA members, please join us for an upcoming Call to Action interview series event with Jamie Sabbach. 
Click on an event to learn more and register
Understand Fiscal Reality - 4/14/20
Don’t Wait to Collaborate - 4/21/20
Awareness of MUST-HAVES - 4/23/20
Reductionism and Revenue - 4/28/20
Moratorium on New Development - 4/30/20

Skills Development Webinar Series
Register Today!

The Skills Development Webinar Series provides park district professionals with access to monthly professional development opportunities from the comfort of their home or office. By registering, you gain access to 11 webinars for you and your team, one per month February thru December, that consist of nationally known speakers and leaders in the field of parks and recreation. Participants can earn up to 1.1 CEUs.

Learn more and register

Tom Farrey: How To Get Your Game

Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute's Sports and Society Program, presented virtually to IPRA members on March 26, 2020 about his book, "Game On, The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children".
View the recording here

Are you interested in networking with IPRA members who share your work interests and responsibilities? IPRA’s seven special interest groups, called Sections, provide our members with a way to connect with other professionals in their field.
Learn more about Sections

To participate in a Section, log in to your IPRA account, click on the My Participation tab, select your Section(s), and click the save button at the bottom of the screen. If you need any assistance contact us here

Questions? Comments?

Tell us about your experience with IPRA. We welcome your ideas about how we can better serve you!

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IPRA is Here for You

Click here
to read a letter from
Our Executive Director,
Debbie Trueblood

IPRA Board of Directors Seeking Candidates

The IPRA Board of Directors is seeking candidates for the Chicago Metro Region Representative to fill a vacancy for a term starting June 1, 2020.  Applications due by Friday, May 1, 5:00pm
Download election guidelines l Download application

Supervisor Symposium 2020
Registration Now Open!


Registration Now Open!

April 17, 2020

Sponsored by IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, Supervisor Symposium celebrates its 19th year in providing students and professionals in the recreation field a curriculum that builds a strong foundation of basic skills needed to succeed in a supervisory position.
Learn more and register 


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