The 2019 IPRA Board of Directors

Chair, Jeff Fougerousse
Chair, Elect Erin Folk
Past Chair, Matt Corso
Secretary/Membership Council Rep, Conor Cahill
At Large Rep, Trish Breitlow 
Chicago Metro Region Rep, Margaret Resnick
North West Region Rep, Andrew Thurman
Central Region Rep, Doug Damery
Southern Region Rep, Andrew Dallner

These terms start at the IPRA Annual Business Meeting on 
January 25, 2019 at the Soaring to New Heights Conference.


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Benefits of membership include:
  • Instant connections to our growing community of over 2,500 members.
  • Discounts on Annual Conference & Events
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  • Access to the member's only events
  • ... and much more! 

IPRA Promotes Play & Statewide Training & Funding Initiative!

IPRA, PlayCore, and GameTime are aligning resources and strategically partnering to promote best practices in parks and recreation, provide quality education, and arm communities with evidence-based resources. Visit for more information and to apply for matching funds - the deadline has been extended to Tuesday, January 8, 2019!

See below for information about the program's terms and conditions, or simply CLICK HERE :
  • Orders must be placed by March 12, shipped by April 23, and installed by June 3 through GameTime's exclusive Illinois representatives, Cunningham Recreation.
  • Grant recipients must participate in state-wide data collection to gather outcomes to be shared with the community through education and outreach. Initial data will be shared with the community at the 2020 IAPD/IPRA Conference.
  • Matching funds must be used towards the purchase of a qualified playground structure. Other freestanding play products are available at our best pricing through US Communities.
  • Funding can only be applied to additional GameTime playground equipment purchases and only in conjunction with the original purchase.
  • GameTime standard policies and warranties as listed in the 2018 Playground Design Guide apply.
  • Freight, installation, surfacing, and applicable state taxes are extra and not included as part of the matching funds.
  • To qualify for a 100% matching grant, list price of the qualified playground system must exceed $60,000.
  • Matching funds are subject to rounding rules and may vary based on qualified purchase
  • For award recipients who wish to bring fitness to their communities, separate funding will be available for GT Challenge Course with the funding amounts as follows: (Youth 3000 $10,000 // Youth 4000 or Pro 3000 $12,500 // Youth 5000 or Pro 4000 $15,000 //    Pro 5000 $20,000). Preconfigured adult outdoor fitness packs are also available - apply for up to $12,000 in funding for preconfigured outdoor fitness packages. Contact your Illinois GameTime representative for a list of qualifying adult outdoor fitness  packages.
  • Freestanding playground products available to winners through US Communities.
  • No other offer, discount, or special programs can be used with this grant program.
  • All applications must be validated by the project administrator.
  • GameTime reserves the right to decline any application for an IPRA funding initiative.
  • To qualify, at least one employee at the agency must be a member of IPRA.
  • Up to $2,000,000 in playground matching funds available for approved playgrounds across Illinois.


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