Press Release - For Immediate Release
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Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) Names 2020 Chair-Elect

La Grange – The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) has elected Doug Damery, Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Normal, Illinois, as its 2020 Chair-Elect. He will take office on January 24, 2020 at the IPRA Annual Business Meeting and will become IPRA’s Chair in January of 2021.

Doug has been Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Normal, Illinois since November 2016. Originally from Metamora, Illinois, he graduated in 1991 from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Recreation Administration. Doug served as Grad Assistant in Intramurals at Miami University, and after working at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Doug made the move to Carmel, Indiana as their first Recreation Coordinator. 

In 1995, Doug moved to Itasca Park District as a Recreation Supervisor, serving as Superintendent of Recreation/Operations from 1999 until 2003, before heading to Washington Park District as Executive Director in 2003. Most notable projects completed there include Harry LaHood Park, the Recreation Center and Administrative Offices, a new Pool and Bathhouse, and expansion of the Washington Recreation Trail. 

Doug has volunteered as a basketball and baseball coach, also serving as Director of Basketball and eventually President, of the Washington Recreation Association. He is married to Karen, and has a son, Austin (20) and daughter, Olivia (18).

Reflecting on his upcomin
g role, ‘Parks and Recreation is a great profession, but the parks and recreation agencies within Illinois are some of the best in the country. I have met so many great professionals and colleagues through IPRA. I am proud to be a part of this group and honored to serve as future Chair-Elect.’ 

‘We are so excited to have Doug Damery as our incoming Chair-Elect. Doug is well known statewide, although he currently represents our Central Illinois Region, and his leadership will help us to better connect with our members in that part of the state. Doug and his family had been impacted by the Washington, Illinois tornado in 2013 and has said that the support he received from park and recreation professionals statewide inspired him to give back to the profession by running for Chair-Elect. I know his term of leadership will be a time of mission driven service to our members.’-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 visit the IPRA website: