Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Weishaar, Outreach Director, 708-588-2282

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Rolling Meadows Park District Leader

La Grange – On January 24, 2020 the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) honored Amy Charlesworth, Executive Director of the Rolling Meadows Park District, for her commitment and lifetime of service to parks and recreation in Illinois. Ms. Charlesworth was recognized during the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference Awards Luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

IPRA Robert Artz Lifetime Achievement Award: Amy Charlesworth, Rolling Meadows Park District

The Robert Artz Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of Robert Artz who, in 1979, was the newly hired executive director of the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD). He was on American Airlines Flight 191 to Los Angeles when it crashed outside O’Hare International Airport, leaving no survivors. Robert Artz left a legacy for IPRA as a champion of all that we do and all that we stand for. His award goes to a person with a minimum of 25 years as a full time professional in the field (with over 15 years served in Illinois) whose efforts & contributions have a lasting value and effect on parks and recreation.

Amy has held just about every position at the Rolling Meadows Park District, and has built it into an accredited, financially healthy, gold medal finalist. Rolling Meadows Park District is synonymous with the community, and the work atmosphere reflects the same as the customer experience. For a medium-sized district, RMPD is looked at as a leader in quality parks and programming. Their ice and gymnastics facilities are used around the clock by residents and surrounding non-residents alike. Under Amy’s direction, their in-house youth hockey team has grown so much that it is its own league. She has also positioned the park district to save countless dollars on expenses by making shrewd equipment purchases that allow its maintenance department to insource an exceptional amount of work. Ultimately, Amy lives and breathes the ethics of the Rolling Meadows community. From participants to neighbors to other local government officials, everyone in town knows and loves her. She has left an impact that reaches back through the years and will continue to stretch out through the future.

‘Not only has Amy Charlesworth done great things for her agency, she is also the 2007 Chair of IPRA. Additionally, she received the IPRA Professional of the Year Award in 2015 and received the IPRA Chairman's Award in 2017. She has shown her dedication to our state and our professional time and time again. She is highly regarded in our field and we are so proud to honor her in this way.’ Debbie Trueblood, CAE, IPRA Executive Director

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

The IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference is the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois. The IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference brings together more than 4,000 professionals and elected officials for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development.

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: