Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Weishaar, Outreach Director, [email protected]

Oregon Park District Executive Director Named 2020 Chair of Illinois Park & Recreation Association

La Grange – The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) has installed Erin Folk, Executive Director of the Oregon Park District, as its 2020 Chair of the Board. She was sworn in during the 2020 IAPD/IPRA Annual Soaring to New Heights Conference in January.

Erin entered the field of parks and recreation in 2002 after completing her undergraduate degree in Recreation Administration at Eastern Illinois University. She joined the Lombard Park District in 2002 and has been with the Oregon Park District since 2006. She has been an IPRA member since 2002, a member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation Board in 2016, and IPRA North West Region Representative in 2017 and 2018. Erin is also a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), President of the Oregon Rotary Club and President of the Oregon School Foundation.

Reflecting on her upcoming role, ‘I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead this outstanding association and I look forward to the year ahead.’

‘We are so excited for Erin to be our new Chair. Her energy, leadership, and vision will benefit IPRA and our members statewide. She is the first board chair from the Northwest Region of Illinois since 2003 and will represent her region well. ’-Debbie Trueblood, IPRA Executive Director.

Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please call us at 708-588-2280 or visit the IPRA website: