For Immediate Release
Heather Weishaar
[email protected]

Itasca Park District Employee Awarded for Professionalism at IAPD/IPRA Conference


La Grange, IL, January 2022 – On January 28, 2022, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) honored Erika Rubo, CPRP from the Itasca Park District, for her commitment and excellent service to parks, recreation, and conservation in Illinois. Ms. Rubo was recognized during the IAPD/IPRA Awards Program at the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

IPRA Young Professional Award: Erika Rubo, Itasca Park District

The IPRA Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes an up-and-coming leader in the field of parks and recreation and is given to an individual with less than eight years of experience, and someone who shows a great deal of promise in becoming a future leader in the field.

Erika began her career over seven years ago, at the Butterfield Park District before finding her way to the Itasca Park District. Throughout her career she has overseen early childhood, aquatics, before & after school programs, day camp, dance, teens, seniors, trips & special events! The last four years at the Itasca Park District, Erika has taken things to a new level for residents. The youth dance and Inner Prestige Competitive Dance Troop have excelled, putting Itasca Park District in direct competition with national dance troops. Summer day camp has increased by 50%, with our Teen Traveling Camp being a fan favorite. 

Erika assisted the Itasca Park District as they coordinated over 13,500 COVID Vaccinations from March through December. In Erika’s spare time, she has been involved in the IPRA Facility Management Section – Aquatics Committee; and Recreation Section – Youth & Day Camp, Cultural Arts, Seniors Committees; serving as past co-chair of the Special Events Committee and current co-chair of the Teen Committee. She has presented at the IPRA/IAPD Annual Conference three times and wrote “75 Aquatics Ideas in 75 Minutes” for the Illinois Parks & Recreation Magazine. 

‘I congratulate Erika Rubo on receiving the IPRA Young Professional Award. She is already an impressive representative of IPRA and its members, and I look forward to  seeing her future accomplishments.‘ – Barbara Arango, CAE, IPRA Executive Director

A complete list of IPRA Award winners is available on the IPRA website,

Established in 1944, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) serves nearly 2,500 park, recreation, and conservation professionals throughout the state, and is a national leader in providing premier education, networking, and resources. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please visit the IPRA website: