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Heather Weishaar
Illinois Park & Recreation Association
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July is Parks and Recreation Month!

La Grange, IL  – 7/1/22 –This July, join the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) for Park and Recreation Month, as we celebrate how Illinois is stronger, more vibrant, and more resilient because of parks and recreation. A variety of activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities! At IPRA, we also celebrate with Unplug Illinois Day on July 9 – where we encourage residents to take a break from electronic devices and "unplug" to enjoy everything that their local park, recreation, and conservation agencies have to offer! Check out the events happening here:

Unplug Illinois is IPRA’s public awareness campaign which encourages people to get out, unplug, play, and engage with one another through experiences at local park, recreation, and conservation agencies. Whether a person is biking with friends on local trails, playing a sport, taking in a class, or simply cooling off at the pool, Illinois is home to thousands of park and recreation facilities that can help people live a happier and healthier life.

‘IPRA is thrilled to celebrate the 4th Annual Unplug Illinois Day on July 9. In communities statewide, park and recreation agencies will honor all the ways that parks and recreation make their communities stronger from natural space and conservation, through opportunities in recreation for people of all ages. We hope that on this day, you will take the opportunity to get outside, head over to your local park district, forest preserve, park and recreation department, or special recreation association, and spend time making family memories through recreation.’-Barbara Arango, IPRA Executive Director

To learn more about Unplug Illinois, visit      

To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit

NRPA and IPRA encourage everyone that supports parks, recreation, and conservation to share how it has improved their quality of life, as well as why their local park and recreation professionals are important to them, on social media with the hashtag #RiseUpJuly and #unplugillinois. 

About IPRA

Established in 1944, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) serves over 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:








About NRPA

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant, and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit