Association News


State-Wide Association Offers Free Training to Park & Recreation Professionals

LaGrange-The Illinois Park & Recreation has partnered with Landscape Structures, Inc. to provide parks and recreation professionals throughout Illinois with free professional development focused on inclusive play. Read More

IPRA Announces New Chairman of the Board

La Grange-The Illinois Park & Recreation Association has installed Matt Corso, CPRP, CTRS, and Executive Director of the South East Association for Special Parks & Recreation (SEASPAR), as its 2018 Chairman of the Board at the associations annual conference. Read More

Illinois Park & Recreation Honors Professionals for Excellence 

On January 19, 2018 during the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association honored several individuals for their commitment and excellent service to parks and recreation in Illinois. Read More

Illinois Park & Recreation Honor Park & Recreation Agencies

During the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association honored several park and recreation agencies for their excellence in various areas. Read More

Illinois Park & Recreation Association Donates Bikes to 360 Youth Services

The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) partnered with the University of Illinois to launch its Leadership Academy. The Academy is an intensive six-month program that benefits park and recreation professionals, regardless of what stage they are in their career. There are three levels to the Academy and the curriculum at each level focuses on building great leaders to strengthen parks and recreation agencies. Read More

Membership  Renewals!!

It is that time of year again!  Time to renew your membership with your professional association and continue to receive benefits as a member of IPRA! 
Online renewal  can be completed in just a few steps!   Login to your account, click on your profile icon, click on Renew Now and submit your payment dues.  
If you have any questions about membership renewals, please contact Sheila Mulvey at


Scholarship Opportunity

 The Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation (IPRF) is committed to investing in today's leaders! Scholarships are available for professions in the field of parks and recreation.

IPRF provides professionals the opportunity to continue their education and leadership training. Apply today!