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. The program consists of five conference luncheon awards, three agency annual business meeting awards, one standing distinguished-member award, and community service awards, so opportunity for recognition is plentiful! Conference awards are presented at the annual Soaring to New Heights Conference, section awards are presented at section board meetings, and community awards are mailed to agencies. For information on award criteria and how to submit nominations, click on the award of your choice below or email

Nominations are now closed. The deadline was November 12, 2020.

Conference Luncheon Awards: 
Young Professional of the Year             Community Impact                    
Professional of the Year  Robert Artz Lifetime Achievement        
Champions for Change         

Annual Business Meeting Awards:
Outstanding Park and Facility  Exceptional Workplace             
Outstanding Program and Event   

Section Awards:

Section Distinguished Member

IAPD / IPRA Award:
Community Service

For a complete list awards presented at the 2020 Soaring to New Heights Conferenceclick here .