Inspire. Educate. Support.

 We are fortunate to make our living in the very dynamic and rewarding profession of parks and recreation.

Regardless of the position you hold,  you are making a difference in the lives of your constituency. Though your journey is not over, we are asking you to Pay it Forward, to reach back and help equip the next generation of park and recreation professionals. How? Through a tax deductible donation to the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation. The endowment is housed within the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation and only the interest earned can be used to support IPRA member’s educational and professional development needs. The principal will remain intact to ensure that the funds donated by individuals like you, will be used to help build the future of parks and recreation professionals throughout the state of Illinois for years to come.

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IPRA Promotes Play & Recreation 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. Attend a Professional Development event and bring research based best practices to your community! Register at:
Southern Region: Alton Parks and Recreation Dept., Spencer T Olin Golf Course, 4701 College Ave | Alton IL, November 27, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM
Central Region: Pontiac Parks and Recreation Dept., The Eagle Theater, 319 N Plum Street |Pontiac, IL, November 28, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM
Chicago Metro/North: Schaumburg Park District, Administration Building, 235 East Beech Dr. | Schaumburg, IL, November 29, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM
Chicago Metro/South: Tinley Park Park District, Community Park, 8125 W. 171st, Tinley Park, IL,  November 30, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM
North West Region: Oregon Park District, Nash Recreation Center, 304 S. 5th St. | Oregon, IL, December 3, 9:00 AM –1:30 PM

Call for Playground Grant Applications  

Support the IPRF Silent Auction!

Students studying parks and recreation are essential to the future success and growth of the parks and recreation field.  Their education and experiences will translate into enriching experiences for future generations as new ideas, research and technology emerge.  You have the opportunity to invest in the future of a park and recreation professional by donating a gift basket to the Annual Silent Auction at the IAPD/IPRA Annual Soaring to New Heights Conference. 

Information regarding donating to the 2020 Silent Auction will be available in the fall of 2019.

Professional Scholarships

Scholarships are invested toward today’s leaders to attend IPRA professional development or continuing education opportunities.

Rod Aiken Memorial Fund

This scholarship was developed in memory and honor of Rod Aiken, who was committed to the development of new leaders of the Illinois park and recreation system. This scholarship is dedicated to financial assistance for awarded recipients to attend and participate in the IPRA Leadership Academy.

Commonality in Diversity Fund Scholarships

This scholarship was developed to promote diversity and inclusion in the field of parks and recreation.

Student Scholarships

The development of tomorrow’s leaders is integral to the mission of IPRF, as scholarships are provided to attend the Annual Soaring to New Heights Conference.

Wilson Family Public Servant Fund

This scholarship was established by John and Barb Wilson in memory and honor of the family of John W. Wilson. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor the work characteristics, dedication for serving members of public institutions in the most professional & caring matter, to award who portray similar professional and public service work traits as members of the Wilson Family and to set an example of paying it forward to say “thank you”. The scholarship is exclusively for young professionals who are members in good standing with the SSPRPA. This scholarship is dedicated to financial assistance for awarded recipients to attend and participate in the IPRA Supervisor Symposium and the IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference.

Member Benefit Events Funding is provided to enhance continuing education and professional development opportunities, such as ProConnect and ProConnect South, which places professionals of various backgrounds and career experience into a three-part mentoring team.

Special Assistance/Disaster Relief financial support is provided to assist an individual member, including relief to mitigate the negative impact of an emergency or disaster that has affected the individual, such as a house fire.