75 Years of Success

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.



2020 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference

January 23-25, 2020
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Registration is now open!

As the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois, the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference brings together more than 4,200 professionals and elected officials for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development.  Featuring over 160 educational sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall where more than 300 exhibitors showcase their latest and greatest products and services, the 2020 conference is THE place to be! 

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ProConnect 2020 - Now Accepting Applications!

IPRA is currently accepting applications for the ProConnect 2020 Mentorship Program.  

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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course - Spring 2020

Registration is now open. Course begins on March 24, 2020

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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