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

Park & Recreation Agency Excellence Recognized at Annual Conference

La Grange – On January 24, 2020, during the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) honored several park and recreation agencies for excellence in the following areas:

Exceptional Workplace Award
The Exceptional Workplace Award recognizes park and recreation agencies that have gone above and beyond to identify and achieve a high level of health and wellness for their employees.

▪ Bartlett Park District
▪ Forest Preserve District of Kane County
▪ Fox Valley SRA
▪ Geneseo Park District
▪ Glenview Park District
▪ Northbrook Park District
▪ Oswegoland Park District
▪ Palatine Park District
▪ Rolling Meadows Park District
▪ Vernon Hills Park District
▪ Warren SRA

Outstanding Park & Facility Award
The purpose of the Outstanding Park & Facility Award is to honor public agencies for outstanding and unique achievements in the design and development of new or renovated parks or recreation facilities.

Outstanding Park & Facility Overall Winner: Waukegan Park District, Clearview Park

Outstanding Park Division I: Lan-Oak Park District, Paws 'n Play at Bock Park
Outstanding Park Division II: Oak Lawn Park District, Columbus Manor Park Renovation
Outstanding Facility Division II: Buffalo Grove Park District, Community Arts Center

Outstanding Program & Special Event Award
Outstanding Program & Special Event Awards are to honor public agencies for outstanding and unique achievements in program development and implementation and special event planning.

Outstanding Program & Special Event Overall Winner: Glencoe Park District, Beach S.A.F.E.

Outstanding Program Division I: Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association, Kingpins Drumline
Outstanding Program Division II: Park District of Highland Park: ParkSchool
Outstanding Special Event Division I: Park District of Forest Park, 16" No Glove National Softball Tournament
Outstanding Special Event Division II: Waukegan Park District, Go Waukegan Glow Walk

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: