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Apply for a PowerPlay! Grant Today!

This grant program enables IAPD member agencies to apply for a grant to implement a model beyond-school program that emphasizes health, fitness and nutrition for children ages 5-13.

IAPD member agencies may receive up to $1,000 to enhance an existing program or create a new beyond-school program.

Go to to learn more about the grant and access the application guide, which contains guidelines for PowerPlay! programs. Applications must be postmarked February 24th. Grant recipients will be notified March 17th.

Opportunity is Knocking!

Don't miss this opportunity to apply for the Executive Director position available at the Tinley Park-Park District! The IAPD is assisting with the recruitment of candidates, and applications will be accepted until Friday, March 17th.

Tinley Park, with its top-rated schools, low crime, beautiful parks, affordable houses, and easy access to jobs, was named "The Best Place to Raise Your Kids in Illinois" by Business Week magazine.

The Village is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest. Learn more about this exciting opportunity in the announcement of vacancy brochure.

Join IAPD at One of Our 2017 BOOT CAMPS!

An IAPD Boot Camp is a power-packed course for new and seasoned commissioners covering key issues, basic skills and best practices. In just one session, attendees will receive targeted, in-depth training on:

  • Fulfilling the critical, one-time Open Meetings Act training
  • Best practices for your responsibilities as an elected official
  • Strategies for successful advocacy
  • Understanding your role in the financial operations of the agency
  • Essential information on relationships among the board, executive director and staff
  • And, much, much more!

Click here to register for one of the following Boot Camps!

Saturday, May 20, Huntley Park District

- Wednesday, May 24, Metro East Park and Recreation District

- Thursday, May 25, Normal Parks and Recreation Department

- Wednesday, May 31, Bolingbrook Park District

- Thursday, June 1, Schaumburg Park District

Host a Flying 4 KIDS Kite Fly in April or May! 

IAPD is coordinating the 13th annual Flying 4 KIDS Statewide Kite Fly designed to create awareness of the Park District Youth License Plate, an important revenue-generator for beyond-school programming at park, recreation and conservation agencies throughout Illinois.

We encourage park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies to host kite fly events during these months. IAPD will provide participating agencies with a FREE Event Planner's Guide, graphics and youth license plate brochures.

Please complete this form and return it no later than 3 weeks from your event.

Happy Flying! 

OSLAD and PARC Grants Released

We have some very exciting news to share with the IAPD membership!

We have learned that agencies with suspended OSLAD and PARC grants are now receiving letters from the IDNR restoring their projects to pre-suspension status to allow them to proceed. This includes the 2015 OSLAD and PARC grants!

View Legislative Update #21-2016.

IAPD Parks & Conservation Legends Video Series

George Longmeyer, Schaumburg Park District

Listen to George Longmeyer, 15-year commissioner for the Schaumburg Park District and former IAPD Chairman of the Board of Trustees, speak about his advice for what makes a good commissioner.


Oscar Dahl, Northbrook Park District

Listen to Oscar Dahl, former commissioner for the Northbrook Park District
and former IAPD Board President, speak about what he believes are the best characteristics of a good board member.

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